Drone creates 3D model of Turkey’s largest mosque


The inspection and modelling was carried out by Sistem –  which is Leica Geosystems’ Turkish distributor with project management service provider NRJ Engineering and German UAV manufacturer Aibotix.

The largest mosque in Turkey has six minarets – four of them 99m high – and largest of its five domes is 32m in diameter and 54m high, making it time-consuming and expensive to use conventional inspection methods.

“We needed only three flights to cover all relevant areas and generate comprehensive data,” said Bora Yavuz of Sistem, who has been working with terrestrial laser scanning systems for the past five years. “Compared to laser scanning, collecting the data from the top sections of this huge building by UAV was extremely easy, since nobody had to climb up to the minarets or dangerous places on the domes and wait for the machine to scan. Furthermore, alongside the data registration the generation of point clouds runs automatically.”

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