- Volume 14 Issue 1
The idea of digital photogrammetry was first introduced into the photogrammetric community in early 1960s'. At that time, it was impossible to implement the idea due to inferior computer and digital image processing technology With the recent advancements in computer hardware/software and image processing techniques, digital photogrammetry has made its entry into the field of photogrammetry. The advent of digital photogrammetry also resulted from the increasing amount of digital data acquired through satellites, CCD cameras and digital scanning of photographs. Obviously, the major distinction between conventional photogrammetry and digital photogrammetry lies in the nature of primary input data (analogue versus digital), which could lead to a fully automated digital photogrammetric workstation. However, since digital photogrammetry is in its infant stage, virtually every task is an unsolved problem due to lack of understanding of theories and techniques. Upon considering the increasing demand of efficient digital mapping method and economical GIS database generation, the union of GIS and digital photogrammetry becomes ever clear. In this paper, the author addresses the current status of digital photogrammetry such as digital imagery and digital photogrammetric workstation as well as the role of digital photogrammetry in GIS.