Capability of matterport 3d camera for industrial archaeology sites inventory

R. Shults*, E. Levin, R. Habibi, S. Shenoy, O. Honcheruk, T. Hart, Z. An

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This paper provides an overview of state-of-The-Art technology and sensor for the inventory of industrial archaeology. As an object of study, a historical copper shaft the Quincy Mine in Michigan State Upper Peninsula was chosen. This shaft was operated for nearly 100 years from 1846 to 1945 and today, what remains of the shaft is a part of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The main sensor for data acquisition that was used is a 3D camera Matterport. In given research, the results of the above ground scanning using of Matterport are presented. Before scanning a calibration of Matterport camera was performed. The calibration was done by comparison of coordinates of targets determined by FARO Scanner. It was found out that the camera has significant systematic errors which have to be accounted during data processing. Because of the specific data structure of Matterport camera, only the scale factor was calculated and then applied to point clouds. Field works comprised historical and archive data collection and analysis, reconnaissance and scanning of the Quincy Mine interior. As a final result of the research 3D model of the Quincy Mine interior was constructed. Further, this model is going to be used for the Quincy Mine Museum virtual tours. There are many advantages to using Matterport. First of all, such a technology does not need dense geodetic support, average working time at station equals to 2-3 minutes. Cost of Matteroprt equipment is competitive to the cheapest terrestrial laser scanners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1059-1064
Number of pages6
JournalISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Issue number2/W11
StatePublished - 4 May 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference of Geomatics and Restoration, GEORES 2019 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 8 May 201910 May 2019


  • Calibration
  • Hoist Engine
  • Indoor Modelling
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Scale Factor
  • The Quincy Mine


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