This book contributes to the transformative and revolutionary use of small, unmanned vehicle systems for three-dimensional geospatial data acquisition and mapping, which is considered to be a paradigm shift in the science and technology of geomatics. The book presents a systematic and comprehensive approach for the use of small mobile unmanned systems for robotic geomatics research and applications. Emphasis is placed on aerial unmanned mapping systems as aerial data collection provides better perspective and coverage of an area, and offers the ability for targeted coverage.
Fundamentals for UVS data collection and processing. Unmanned vehicle systems and technologies for geomatics applications. Position and orientation of sensors for unmanned vehicle systems. Data acquisition and mapping. Applications, case studies and best practices – Archaeology and heritage documentation, Agriculture and forestry, Disaster management: emergency response, Mapping and monitoring, Transportation, Environment, energy and mining, Systems. Emerging trends and technologies. Outlook – addressing the challenges.