Project ArchEyeAutomatic:

Automatic aerial documentation
of historic monuments in 3-D

ArchEyeAutomatic is completed

After completing the writing of my PhD thesis, this project is completed and will not continued further. 
This website will be kept available to showcase what was done during the project.

Thank you for your interest.

A short introduction of the site

Octocopter flying at Lorsch Abbey

This website is the place for me to collect informations, most more or less connected to the PhD project ArchEyeAutomatic. Many different topics are involved, for example the application of Structure-from-Motion (SFM), the computing of 3-D models from unoriented image stacks and UAVs, MAVs or how ever to call those small drones used for scientific research. Another focus is concerning the question, what to do with the data computed. Additionally some information on the predecessing project ArchEye is available.


ArchEyeAutomatic is a project developing new methods for automated documentation of historic monuments in 3-D by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). We have two major intentions: On the side of Scientific Computing we optimize the route of the UAV while the acquisition of 3-D data is done and directly considered. In a first step, we do pre-flight optimization of the UAV’s flight over a 3D surface coming from a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) or a laserscan.
On the side of Building Archaeology our data will be usable for scientific analysis of the building, for example a stone-by-stone drawing.

To achieve this objectives, we combine methods from Robotics, Computer Vision and Scientific Computing as well as Building Research and Archaeology. Some additional methodic approaches are from geodesy and geography. The resulting data will be the base for further research on the monuments and therefore fulfill the demands in completeness and quality. This twinning project is a collaboration of the research group Optimization in Robotics and Biomechanics at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing with the Institute for European Art History at Heidelberg University.