Building extraction for 3D city modelling using airborne laser scanning data and high-resolution aerial photo

Mohammed Oludare Idrees, Uzma Peeroo, Vahideh Saeidi


Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology has become a standard tool for three-dimensional mapping because it offers fast rate of data acquisition with unprecedented level of accuracy. This study presents an approach to accurately extract and model building in three-dimensional space from airborne laser scanning data acquired over Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2015. First, the point cloud was classified into ground and non-ground xyz points. The ground points was used to generate digital terrain model (DTM) while digital surface model (DSM) was produced from the entire point cloud. From DSM and DTM, we obtained normalise DSM (nDSM) representing the height of features above the terrain surface. Thereafter, the DSM, DTM, nDSM, laser intensity image and orthophoto were combined as a single data file by layer stacking. After integrating the data, it was segmented into image objects using Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA) and subsequently, the resulting image object classified into four land cover classes: building, road, waterbody and pavement. Assessment of the classification accuracy produced overall accuracy and Kappa coefficient of 94.02% and 0.88 respectively. Then the extracted building footprints from the building class were further processed to generate 3D model. The model provides 3D visual perception of the spatial pattern of the buildings which is useful for the management to plan future expansion of the Engineering Complex and for simulating disaster scenario for emergency management.

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