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Register of Dry Stone Domes. Simplified Method for Point Clouds

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Dry-stone elements represent an important aspect of rural identity, and by nature, their constructive and volumetric elements have been eclipsed by their characteristics. Current massive data capture techniques, including photogrammetry, can offer new analysis procedures that will improve existing management and cataloguing methods. Such methods must address those characteristics that make it difficult to parametrize the formal features. This investigation focuses on a simplification of point clouds used to obtain formal and dimensional characteristics of specific elements. The management of the data obtained through a massive capture allows an analysis of elements both two- and three-dimensionally. The proposed procedure is tested in a dry-stone domed typology located in the north-eastern of the Iberian Peninsula.

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All images and graphic elaborations are by the authors. Agustí Costa Jover Serra Hunter Fellow.  With the support of the Secretariat of Universities and Research of the Department of Business and Knowledge of the Generalitat de Catalunya. With the support of the Fundació el Solà. 

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Mallafrè Balsells, C., López Besora, J.M., Costa Jover, A. et al. Register of Dry Stone Domes. Simplified Method for Point Clouds. Nexus Netw J 23, 493–506 (2021).

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