Virtual laser scanner simulator for digitalisation of teaching environment

The objective of the project is to develop a software tool for creating simulated mass data of objects that are recorded by a terrestrial laser scanner. These instruments create 3D point clouds from different stations which further have to be registered (geo-referenced) and processed to higher level information such as 3D models, architectural drawings, orthophotos or maps.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. Thomas Luhmann (Leitung) [IAPG, Jade Hochschule]

Dr. Darius Popovas [IAPG, Jade Hochschule]

Dr. Julia Gorkovchuk [KNUCA, Ukraine]

Dr. Denys Gorkovchuk [KNUCA, Ukraine]

Prof. Dr. Mona Hess [Universität Bamberg]

Dr. Maria Chizhova [Universität Bamberg]

  Funding source

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)

Project is financed under DAAD program: support for the internationalisation of Ukrainian higher education institutions – shaping the digital future together: German-Ukrainian higher education institution collaborations.

Ukrainian universities teaching courses related to digitization in engineering practice (e.g. geoinformation sciences, cadastral mapping, geodesy) should educate their students according to modern needs and demands from the professional market. However, there is a lack of knowledge among many teachers, out of-date equipment (hardware and software), insufficient ICT infrastructure and insufficient finances for necessary investments. University curricula in Ukraine need to be updated to accommodate these new technologies. For this purpose, appropriate tools and data have to be provided, otherwise neither teachers nor students have realistic chances to adapt to new methods in due time, and they will not be able to contribute to further developments by themselves.

The main goals of this project is to cover engineering digitization by two major project parts:

  1. Development of a virtual environment for creation and processing of digital 3D scan data
  2. Digital teaching and e-learning material with interactive tools and practical experiences

Part 1 will be solved through the development of a virtual system that allows users to create realistic data in the absence of a real measuring device. The virtual scanner will be based on existing open source software packages. This enables users to use the software free of charge and to apply future developments within the open source community. It will be part of a general e-learning concept that will be implemented in both Ukrainian and German partner universities.

Part 2 is addressed through an integrated teaching concept that includes interactive learning tools (for both teachers and students) and practical exercises (for example project weeks, summer schools) where the theoretical and virtual education is connected to practical experience with real instrumentation and data. One outcome of the experimental work is additional e-learning material based on the experiences and results of the project work. In addition, international intensive project weeks for students will be organized. The first project week is scheduled for 21.-25. September 2020 in Bamberg.

Project partners

  • Kiev National University for Construction and Architecture (KNUCA), Faculty for Geodesy and Land Management, Ukraine
  • University of Bamberg, Institute of Archaeology, Heritage Sciences and Art History, Germany.

Funding volume

200.000 €