Title: Smart maintenance of riverbanks using a standard data layer and augmented reality
Authors: Pierdicca, Roberto ×
Frontoni, Emanuele
Zingaretti, Primo
Mancini, Adriano
Malinverni, Eva
Tassetti, Eleonora
Marcheggiani, Ernesto
Andrea, Galli #
Issue Date: Oct-2016
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Computers & Geosciences vol:95 pages:67-74
Abstract: Linear buffer strips (BS) along watercourses are commonly adopted to reduce run-off, accumulation of bank-top sediments and the leaking of pesticides into fresh-waters, which strongly increase water pollution.
However, the monitoring of their conditions is a difficult task because they are scattered over
wide rural areas. This work demonstrates the benefits of using a standard data layer and Augmented
Reality (AR) in watershed control and outlines the guideline of a novel approach for the health-check of
linear BS. We designed a mobile environmental monitoring system for smart maintenance of riverbanks
by embedding the AR technology within a Geographical Information System (GIS). From the technological
point of view, the system's architecture consists of a cloud-based service for data sharing, using a
standard data layer, and of a mobile device provided with a GPS based AR engine for augmented data
visualization. The proposed solution aims to ease the overall inspection process by reducing the time
required to run a survey. Indeed, ordinary operational survey conditions are usually performed basing
the fieldwork on just classical digitized maps. Our application proposes to enrich inspections by superimposing
information on the device screen with the same point of view of the camera, providing an
intuitive visualization of buffer strip location. This way, the inspection officer can quickly and dynamically
access relevant information overlaying geographic features, comments and other contents in real
time. The solution has been tested in fieldwork to prove at what extent this cutting-edge technology
contributes to an effective monitoring over large territorial settings. The aim is to encourage officers, land
managers and practitioners toward more effective monitoring and management practices
ISSN: 0098-3004
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Forest, Nature and Landscape Research
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