19–23 Jun 2023
Hofburg Palace & Online
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Explosion Anomaly Detection from Thermal Infrared Photogrammetry

20 Jun 2023, 16:00
Prinz Eugen Saal

Prinz Eugen Saal

Oral T3.3 On-Site Inspection Techniques O3.3 On-site Inspection Techniques


Mr Brandon Crawford


Photogrammetry, a technique to create high resolution orthoimagery and digital elevation models from a collection of photos, has rapidly evolved since the 1990s. Traditional photogrammetric techniques assist in a wide variety of fields, including facilitating high resolution change detection for underground explosion monitoring and verification. Typically, this method involves the use of standard electro-optical imagery using visible band data. By repurposing and enhancing existing photogrammetric techniques and applying those techniques to thermal infrared data collected before and after a conventional explosive experiment, we developed a novel method for processing thermal images for signature detection. This thermal photogrammetry method provides a new way to detect post-explosion anomalies and artifacts, quantify extent of site changes, and characterize fragmentation materials and distribution from explosions. Additionally, this technique can be applied to data collected from ground based or airborne platforms, providing a novel tool to characterize larger sites We present these new methods for thermal data processing, discuss the results of a field campaign, highlight the successes of the technique, and define next steps for realizing data collection efficiencies and advancing data processing.

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The work presented here explores the state of the science for the new application of photogrammetric techniques against thermal infrared data for change detection following explosive experimentation.

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Adam Collins (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)) Damien Milazzo (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)) Dane Coats (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)) Ms Emily Schultz-Fellenz (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)) Eric Guiltinan (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)) Erika Swanson (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)) Mr Juan-Antonia Vigil (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL))

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