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A Novel Cone Model Filtering Method for Outlier Rejection of Multibeam Bathymetric Point Cloud: Principles and Applications

Sensors (Basel). 2023 Aug 28;23(17):7483. doi: 10.3390/s23177483.


The utilization of multibeam sonar systems has significantly facilitated the acquisition of underwater bathymetric data. However, efficiently processing vast amounts of multibeam point cloud data remains a challenge, particularly in terms of rejecting massive outliers. This paper proposes a novel solution by implementing a cone model filtering method for multibeam bathymetric point cloud data filtering. Initially, statistical analysis is employed to remove large-scale outliers from the raw point cloud data in order to enhance its resistance to variance for subsequent processing. Subsequently, virtual grids and voxel down-sampling are introduced to determine the angles and vertices of the model within each grid. Finally, the point cloud data was inverted, and the custom parameters were redefined to facilitate bi-directional data filtering. Experimental results demonstrate that compared to the commonly used filtering method the proposed method in this paper effectively removes outliers while minimizing excessive filtering, with minimal differences in standard deviations from human-computer interactive filtering. Furthermore, it yields a 3.57% improvement in accuracy compared to the Combined Uncertainty and Bathymetry Estimator method. These findings suggest that the newly proposed method is comparatively more effective and stable, exhibiting great potential for mitigating excessive filtering in areas with complex terrain.

PMID:37687939 | DOI:10.3390/s23177483

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