Utilizing a Terrestrial Laser Scanner for 3D Luminance Measurement of Indoor Environments

Matti Kurkela*, Mikko Maksimainen, Arttu Julin, Toni Rantanen, Juho-Pekka Virtanen, Juha Hyyppä, Matti Tapio Vaaja, Hannu Hyyppä

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We aim to present a method to measure 3D luminance point clouds by applying the integrated high dynamic range (HDR) panoramic camera system of a terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) instrument for performing luminance measurements simultaneously with laser scanning. We present the luminance calibration of a laser scanner and assess the accuracy, color measurement properties, and dynamic range of luminance measurement achieved in the laboratory environment. In addition, we demonstrate the 3D luminance measuring process through a case study with a luminance-calibrated laser scanner. The presented method can be utilized directly as the luminance data source. A terrestrial laser scanner can be prepared, characterized, and calibrated to apply it to the simultaneous measurement of both geometry and luminance. We discuss the state and limitations of contemporary TLS technology for luminance measuring.

Original languageEnglish
Article number85
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Imaging
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • luminance measurement
  • lighting distribution
  • 360 degrees
  • HDR imaging
  • 3D
  • terrestrial laser scanning
  • ROAD


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