Space Subdivision of Indoor Mobile Laser Scanning Data Based on the Scanner Trajectory

Ahmed Elseicy, S. Nikoohemat, M.S. Peter, S.J. Oude Elberink (Corresponding Author)

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State-of-the-art indoor mobile laser scanners are now lightweight and portable enough to be carried by humans. They allow the user to map challenging environments such as multi-story buildings and staircases while continuously walking through the building. The trajectory of the laser scanner is usually discarded in the analysis, although it gives insight about indoor spaces and the topological relations between them. In this research, the trajectory is used in conjunction with the point cloud to subdivide the indoor space into stories, staircases, doorways, and rooms. Analyzing the scanner trajectory as a standalone dataset is used to identify the staircases and to separate the stories. Also, the doors that are traversed by the operator during the scanning are identified by processing only the interesting spots of the point cloud with the help of the trajectory. Semantic information like different space labels is assigned to the trajectory based on the detected doors. Finally, the point cloud is semantically enriched by transferring the labels from the annotated trajectory to the full point cloud. Four real-world datasets with a total of seven stories are used to evaluate the proposed methods. The evaluation items are the total number of correctly detected rooms, doors, and staircases.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1815
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalRemote sensing
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2018


  • indoor
  • point cloud
  • trajectory
  • mobile laser scanning
  • semantics
  • room segmentation


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