The U. V. Helava Award

Best Paper 1998

The U.V. Helava Award, sponsored by Elsevier Science B.V. and LH Systems, LLC, is a prestigious new ISPRS Award, which was established to encourage and stimulate submission of high quality scientific papers by individual authors or groups to the ISPRS Journal, to promote and advertise the Journal, and to honour the outstanding contributions of Dr. Uuno V. Helava to research and development in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.


The Award is presented to authors of the best paper, written in English and published exclusively in the ISPRS Journal during the four-year period from January of a Congress year, to December of the year prior to the next Congress. The Award consists of a monetary grant of SFr. 10,000 and a plaque. A five-member jury, comprising experts of high scientific standing, whose expertise covers the main topics included in the scope of the Journal, evaluates the papers. For each year of the four-year evaluation period, the best paper is selected, and among these four papers, the one to receive the U.V. Helava Award.


The first U.V. Helava Award will be presented at the 19th ISPRS Congress, Amsterdam, 16-23 July 2000. The five-member jury appointed by the ISPRS Council evaluated the 31 papers of 1998 and announced its decision for the Best Paper. The winner of the 1998 Best Paper is:


external link  Errors and Accuracy Estimates of Laser Data Acquired by Various Laser Scanning Systems for Topographic Applications

E. Jeroen Huising , Luisa M. Gomes Pereira

Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat, Survey Department, P.O. Box 5023

2600 GA Delft, Netherlands


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E. Jereon Huising Luisa M. Gomes Pereira


Jury's rationale for the paper selection

The paper is a very well written, comprehensive, thorough, interesting and practical report on the timely subject of 3D surface data, and especially DTM, generation from airborne laser scanning data for an increasing number of applications. It is based on considerable experience with several laser scanning systems, providing a useful comparison based on real data. It also includes problems and errors encountered, as well as strategies for data collection/processing to improve the accuracy of the results. The authors come from an organisation (Rijkswaterstaat), which since 1994 has invested considerable resources in testing different airborne laser scanning systems for various applications, and which now constitutes one of the world's premier user on a large scale of this increasingly used technology.

In the name of the ISPRS and the U.V. Helava Award jury, I would like to congratulate the authors for this distinction and thank them for their contribution. I would also like to thank the sponsors of the Award, and the jury members for their hard work and thorough evaluation.


Emmanuel P. Baltsavias

Editor-in-Chief, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. The Society operates without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, nationality, or political philosophy.

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