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Calibration of Terrestrial Laser Scanners

The standardized approach for the user calibration of terrestrial laser scanners is still missing. Our aim is a development of a generally-accepted user-oriented calibration approach. The current efforts focus on the improvement of the promising point-based self-calibration approach by incorporating recent advances in the field.

Target-based self-calibration

Panoramic terrestrial laser scanners are in the main attention of the research.

Panoramic terrestrial laser scanners

Proposed modifications for the existing calibration approaches are tested both in the large indoor facility and rooms of common dimensions.

Calibration Hall Klein Altendorf

Basement Experiment


Our previous researches were based on the attempt of calibrating the terrestrial laser scanner by using a single object, the radio telescope antenna. 

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  • Medić, T.; Holst, C.; Kuhlmann, H. (2017) Towards System Calibration of Panoramic Laser Scanners from a Single Station. Sensors 2017, 17, 1145, doi:10.3390/s17051145
  • Holst, C., Neuner, H., Wieser, A., Wunderlich, T., Kuhlmann, H., 2016. Calibration of Terrestrial Laser Scanners. AVN 2016 (6), 147-157.
  • Holst, C., Kuhlmann, H., 2016. Challenges and Present Fields of Action at Laser Scanner Based Deformation Analyses. Journal of Applied Geodesy 10(1), 17-25, doi:
  • Holst, C., Kuhlmann, H., 2014. Aiming at self-calibration of terrestrial laser scanners using only one single object and one single scan. Journal of Applied Geodesy 8 (4), 295-310, doi:

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