RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

A Model-Based Approach to 3-D Imaging and Mapping Underwater

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W. K. Stewart

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 112(4), 352-356 (Nov 01, 1990) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919877 History: Received April 19, 1988; Revised May 04, 1990


An approach to multidimensional representation of underwater environments is presented with results of applications of 3-D sonar mapping. A nondeterministic model incorporates information from multiple knowledge sources and creates a framework for real-time processing. Probabilistic methods account for nonideal sensors; spatial decomposition and numerical techniques treat amorphous underwater features and facilitate an incremental approach. An emphasis on representational and modeling issues is maintained with examples drawn from computer simulations and field data from profiling and imaging sonars.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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