Review and case studies of UAV photogrammetry for manufacturing applications

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Recent advancements in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) equipped with high-quality cameras bring new opportunities in quantitative photogrammetric measurement in a variety of industrial sectors. This paper aims to provide an assessment of the applicability of UAV photogrammetry within the manufacturing environment. A short review of some state-of-the-art applications is followed by case studies that focus on forming processes for composite materials. These materials present challenges due to their high reflectivity and lack of distinguishing surface features. Several open software are used to capture and analyse point clouds, which demonstrate that UAV photogrammetry is able to offer quantitative inspections of composite products to sub-millimetre precision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-170
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems
Issue number2-3
Early online date14 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

The research work leading to this paper was conducted with funding from Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI), a strategic programme of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).


  • composite product
  • flexible manufacturing
  • non-crimp fabrics
  • photogrammetry
  • quantitative geometric inspection
  • unmanned aerial vehicles
  • unmanned autonomous vehicles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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