Underwater Videogrammetry with Adaptive Feature Detection at "See am Mondsee", Austria

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Marco Block
Cyril Dworsky
Carmen Löw
Helena Seidl da Fonseca
Benjamin Gehmlich
Dennis Wittchen
Niklaas Görsch
Paulina Suchowska
Benjamin Ducke


We present a complete, video-based 3d documentation process for the submerged remains of Neolithic pile dwellings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site "See am Mondsee" in Austria. We discuss good practice routines and solutions, such as cable management, supporting the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) when strong currents are prevalent, and documentation/record keeping. The recorded site is a Neolithic lake village dating to the 4th millenium BC. Based on initial reconstruction results, we improved the image matching process of our Structure from Motion (SfM) pipeline (built around the free end-user application VisualSFM), by replacing its default feature detector (SiftGPU) with our own implementation of adaptive feature detection. The campaign was accompanied by a German television film crew. Their documentary was shown on the German public television (ARD) broadcast "W wie Wissen".

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Block, M., Dworsky, C., Löw, C., Seidl da Fonseca, H., Gehmlich, B., Wittchen, D., Görsch, N., Suchowska, P., & Ducke, B. (2017). Underwater Videogrammetry with Adaptive Feature Detection at "See am Mondsee", Austria. Studies in Digital Heritage, 1(2), 547-565. https://doi.org/10.14434/sdh.v1i2.23202
Special Issue "Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2016"
Author Biography

Marco Block, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden University of Applied Sciences Dresden

Marco Block-Berlitz received both his first diploma in Computer Sciences (2004) and his PhD degree (2009) from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (Department of Artificial Intelligence).
From 2009 to 2012 he taught Game Design and Development at Berlin’s Mediadesign Hochschule. Since 2012 he is a full professor for Computer Graphics and Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics of the University of Applied Sciences in Dresden, Germany.
As a computer scientist with a passion for archaeology and cultural heritage, Marco Block-Berlitz is committed to research on UAVs, UUVs and 4d data management  (www.archaeocopter.de), with a focus on low-cost and efficient 3d reconstruction. He has participated in several international excavation and survey projects, cooperating with a range of international professionals and institutions.
Marco Block-Berlitz has served as a committee member for several international conferences, including ICAISC, CHNT, CONCIBE, CGAMES, GAMEON-ARABIA, CGAT, GHTCE, CV, CGIM, AIA, CI, ICDS, ICCE-Berlin, ICCVE, ISIEA, GHTCE, ICCSII, ICCE, IBERAMIA, etc. and reviewer for international journals, including IJHCI, IMS, MVA, NCA, ITSMC, Autosoft Journal, e-gnosis, IARIA, etc. He received best paper awards at CONCIBE 2008, ICDS 2009 and CAA-DE 2016 and a best video award at CHNT 2014.