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CEG2726 : 3D Reality Capture

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jon Mills
  • Lecturer: Dr Henny Mills
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To introduce the principles and mathematics of the data capture and processing pipelines in modern photogrammetric computer vision and laser scanning, as well as imparting an awareness of the ways in which the derived geospatial data can be analysed and applied.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will provide a thorough overview of the photogrammetric and laser scanning data capture and processing pipelines. The course will commence by examining methods for image and associated data capture for photogrammetry, including the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Principles of digital image measurement will provide a background to automated techniques in contemporary photogrammetry and laser scanning. The theoretical basis of photogrammetric computer vision will then be studied in lectures. Lectures on laser scanning will introduce this complementary technique, through the study of airborne, mobile, terrestrial / close range pipelines. The latest integrated approaches (both sensors and data) and developments in point cloud processing will conclude the lecture series. In parallel to the lectures, a practical programme will provide hands-on experience in industry-standard hardware and software for both photogrammetry and laser scanning.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam – anticipated as regular examination but can be adapted to 24-hour take-home exam as necessary.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture331:0033:00Anticipated as PiP but can be adapted to online as necessary.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion331:0033:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Independent follow up on practical sessions, plus writing up reports
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study128:0096:00Includes background reading and studying lecture notes for a rigorous understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will gain an appreciation of the scientific principles of photogrammetry and laser scanning through the lecture programme and develop skills in data measurement and analysis through practical sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60Unseen written examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M20Integrated individual report on terrestrial laser scanning following completion of practical sessions 1 and 2.
Practical/lab report2M20Individual report on reality capture following completion of practical sessions 3 and 4
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Understanding will be assessed through examination whilst student's ability to perform data measurement, processing and analysis will be assessed through reports on practical work.

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