3D Spatial Data Processing Group
Welcome to the 3D Spatial Data Processing Group (3DGeo) Heidelberg!
The 3DGeo research investigates the extraction of detailed geoinformation from 3D geodata (predominantly point clouds) which were acquired with cutting-edge Earth observation technology (e.g., 3D laser scanning). A further research emphasis is put on the exploitation of multitemporal 3D technical sensor data, which enables near real-time 3D mapping and applications.
A major focus of our 3DGeo research lies on the development of GIS-based algorithms for 3D spatial data processing and analysis, making use of the full sensor data stream (e.g., LiDAR backscatter). It is aimed at increasing the understanding of geographical phenomena: The developed geoinformation technologies and methods are applied to (interdisciplinary) research questions in natural landscapes (e.g. geomorphology, geoarchaeology, agriculture and forestry) as well as in man-made landscapes (e.g. solar potential assessment and hedonic price modeling).
Maps of the spatial distribution of crop heights can strongly support agriculture in terms of efficiency and yield optimization. Recently published results of experiments of the 3D Spatial Data Processing research group describe an approach to easily extend regular agricultural machines with low-cost sensors for capturing crop heights while the machine is in the field. Based [...]
Yesterday, GIScience Heidelberg was welcoming our new master students. After a general introduction into our teaching philosophy, our core courses and our institutes (HeiGIT, HCE, IWR), we were giving insights into the specialization in GIScience/Geoinformatics, which is possible in the Geography Master Programme.
In September 2017, the 3D Spatial Data Processing Group (3DGeo) joined the German-Russian expedition of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Polar and Marine Research to the Arctic research station Samoylov (N 72°22’, E 126°29’) in the central Lena Delta. Under the lead of Julia Boike, the research team maintained and expanded long-term monitoring stations and [...]
An interesting 3D art project using point clouds of the 3D Spatial Data Processing research group of Prof. Bernhard Höfle (3DGeo) was recently realized by artist Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann. The data were acquired from natural karst cave features in the Dechen Cave near Iserlohn, Germany both with a low-cost Kinect sensor and terrestrial LiDAR. For the art [...]
Feel free to submit papers to our DGPF Working Group on Geoinformatics (Prof. Haunert, Prof. Höfle). Important dates for submission can be found here: http://www.pf.bgu.tum.de/pfgk18/pfgk18_dat.html Deadline for regular papers is 31 October 2017!
Last week (Sept. 18-22, 2017), our six colleagues, Prof. Alexander Zipf, Doctoral Candidate Xuke Hu, Dr. Hongchao Fan, Dr. Martin Hämmerle, Dr. Zhiyong Wang, and Dr. Wei Huang, participated in the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017 held in Wuhan, China.
The 3D spatial data processing group had the opportunity to collaborate with the team of Prof. Tzu-Ping Lin from National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, within the frame of a study dealing with carbon emission reduction measures in urban environments. One option of reducing carbon emission by buildings is to install photovoltaic (PV) panels in [...]
From 26 to 28 July, the 3D spatial data processing group contributed to the “ArchEyeAutomatic summer school 2017: Cameras, Drones, and Laser scanning. Modern ways to document ancient objects”. With a focus on documenting and analyzing archaeological sites and objects, the summer school introduced around 40 participants to various methods of close-range remote sensing at [...]
The funding program HCE-START of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) for the developement of major interdisciplinary projects dealing with environmental research questions has been extended. The new application deadline is 17.09.2017. HCE-START will be run and hosted at Heidelberg University only.
From 16 to 22 July, the second ISPRS Summer School of Alpine Research took place in Obergurgl, Austria. Around 40 participants from four continents enjoyed a mix of lectures, field work and hands-on data processing related to various research topics in high mountain research. Hosted at the beautifully located and perfectly equipped Alpine Research [...]