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19 May 1999 Virtual reality mapping system for Chernobyl accident site assessment
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Initiated by the Department of Energy's International Nuclear Safety Program, an effort in underway to deliver and employ a telerobotic diagnostic system for structural evaluation and monitoring within the Chornobyl Unit-4 shelter. A mobile robot, named Pioneer, will enter the damaged Chornobyl structure and employ devices to measure radiation, temperature and humidity; acquire core samples of concrete structures for subsequent engineering analysis; and make photo-realistic 3D maps of the building interior. This paper details the latter element, dubbed 'C-Map', the Chornobyl Mapping System. C-Map consists of an automated 3D modeling system using stereo computer vision along with an interactive, virtual reality software program to acquire and analyze the photo-realistic 3D maps of the damaged building interior.
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Theodore T. Blackmon, Laurent Ngyuen, Charles Frederick Neveu, Daryl Rasmussen, Eric Zbinden, Mark Maimone, Larry Henry Matthies, Scott M. Thayer, James Teza, Vince Broz, James Osborn, Martial Hebert, Jerry Steele, and Geb Thomas "Virtual reality mapping system for Chernobyl accident site assessment", Proc. SPIE 3644, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IV, (19 May 1999);

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