Every year the ISPRS chooses the Best Paper of the Year. For 2019, this award goes to the scientific article Design and Evaluation of a Full-Wave Surface and Bottom-Detection Algorithm for LiDAR Bathymetry of Very Shallow Waters.
In cooperation with the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Stuttgart, Roland Schwarz and Martin Pfennigbauer from RIEGL Research succeeded in issuing a new and innovative contribution to topographic underwater mapping with the SVB algorithm (surface, volume and bottom) presented in their article. A considerable advantage of their method is that it relies only on a single laser wavelength. The jurors were impressed with the detailed modeling of the return waveform, the clarity of the explanation, the convincing experimental results, and the potential for broader applicability of the method.
As Best Paper 2019, the article is automatically nominated for the ISPRS U.V. Helava Award which is awarded every four years, and is selected by a jury of five members with high scientific standing.
RIEGL, an internationally recommended manufacturer of laser scanners for surveying applications with headquarters in Horn/Lower Austria, has always invested massively in research and development. Its own subsidiary, RIEGL Research Gesellschaft mbH, continuously develops groundbreaking innovations in the field of LiDAR technology.
The full article is available in the ISPRS Journal, Volume 150, April 2019 pp.1-11: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2019.02.002