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Master of Science in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (MSBiosyAgE)

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Master's Thesis




Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

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Dr. Michael Sama


The objective of this whole study was to evaluate a LiDAR sensor for high-resolution remote sensing in agriculture. A linear motion system was developed to precisely control the dynamics of LiDAR sensor in effort to remove uncertainty in the LiDAR position/velocity while under motion. A user control interface was developed to operate the system under different velocity profiles and log LiDAR data synchronous to the motion of the system. The LiDAR was then validated using multiple test targets with five different velocity profiles to determine the effect of sensor velocity and height above a target on measurement error. The results indicated that the velocity of the LiDAR was a significant factor affecting the error and standard deviation of the LiDAR measurements, although only by a small margin. Then the concept of modeling the alfalfa using the linear motion system was introduced. Two plots of alfalfa were scanned and processed to extract height and volume and was compared with photogrammetric and field measurements. Insufficient alfalfa plots were scanned which prevented any statistical analysis from being used to compare the different methods. However, the comparison between LiDAR and photogrammetric data showed some promising results which may be further replicated in the future.

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