3D Geospatial Data Processing Group
3D Geospatial Data Processing (3DGeo) Research Group
We investigate and develop computational methods for the geographic analysis of 3D/4D point clouds. Our datasets are acquired by cutting-edge Earth observation technology (e.g. laser scanning/LiDAR, photogrammetry/SfM and SAR). We aim at increasing the understanding of geographic phenomena by observing and analyzing them in full 3D, in near real-time with high spatial and temporal resolution. Our methods can be applied to study physical processes (e.g. geomorphology), anthropogenic landscapes (e.g. emission reduction) and inherent human-environmental interactions (e.g. natural hazards, forestry and agriculture). Our research sites are spread all over the world: we perform in-situ 3D measurements, code in the lab and simulate Earth observation with our own open source software for virtual laser scanning.
Here, you can find our research projects, publications, videos, and open source code & data.
We love both programming and field work!
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Curious, which methods on 3D/4D point cloud-based change analysis and virtual laser scanning we are working on, that might also be interesting for your research? Thanks to a redesign of our 3DGeo website you can now quickly get an overview of algorithms and methods, that are acitvely developed in our research and featured in recent publications. These [...]
The significance of gully filling practices on agricultural production has been only rarely evaluated in literature. In this study, a medium-sized catchment was selected, for being representative of the conventional farming practices on annual crops in the Campiña landscape in Southern Spain. During two wheat campaigns, an analysis of the spatial and temporal evolution of [...]
Join us and many European researchers from the Earth, planetary and space sciences in the virtual European Geosciences Union (EGU) assembly from 19 to 30 April 2021! Are you interested in innovative methods and concepts applied to natural hazards? Then join our 2-minute talks on research within the LOKI project on Monday, 26 April, and Thursday, [...]
From 19 to 30 April 2021, European researchers from the Earth, planetary and space sciences are gathering in the virtual European Geosciences Union (EGU) assembly. On Monday, 26 April, two SYSSIFOSS presentations will be opening the block “Point clouds for forestry applications” in session BG11 - Remote sensing for forest applications. Dr. Fabian E. Fassnacht (KIT) will [...]
We are proud to present the newest HELIOS++ release, v1.0.6, with numerous bugfixes and support for the unique LiVOX scan pattern (using Risley prisms - the color indicates point indices and increases from blue to red): Furthermore, the Easter bunny left some Easter eggs in the ‘toyblocks’ scene: You can find the changlelog for the new release [...]
Lukas Winiwarter of the 3DGeo group was invited by the Austrian Society of Surveying and Geoinformation (OVG) to give a talk on the application of deep learning on point clouds, which took place on March 24. In his talk, Lukas presented four different state-of-the-art approaches to consider the irregular, unordered structure of point clouds, which [...]
On 1st March 2021, the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (SwissTopo) released all official geodata according to the principles of “Open Government Data (OGD)”. With this step, Swisstopo is making large volumes of high quality geodata freely accessible. We are most excited about the 3D data, which includes digital surface models, digital terrain models and [...]
The research of the 3DGeo group is featured in a press release about Understanding the Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Dynamics. The text illustrates how Heidelberg geoinformation scientists develop new computer-based method to analyse topographic changes. The described method is published in this article: Anders, K., Winiwarter, L., Mara, H., Lindenbergh, R., Vos, S. E., Höfle [...]
In collaboration with the Institute of Earth Sciences at Heidelberg University, the 3DGeo group reconstructed underwater speleothems in a cave in Yucatán, Mexico. The so-called “Hells Bells” are fascinating formations in several sinkholes, at the boundary layer between fresh- and saltwater. The full 3D mesh model obtained from several thousand photographs taken by a [...]
When and where do changes occur in dynamic natural landscapes? A new method has been published that enables the automatic extraction of surface changes from entire time series of 3D point clouds. The developed method of spatiotemporal segmentation extracts changes regarding their surface change history, which makes it particularly useful for natural scenes that are [...]