pho·​to·​gram·​me·​try ˌfō-tə-ˈgra-mə-trē How to pronounce photogrammetry (audio)
: the science of making reliable measurements by the use of photographs and especially aerial photographs (as in surveying)
photogrammetric adjective
photogrammetrist noun

Examples of photogrammetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Five hundred years and many more technological advancements later, a team from the Factum Foundation spent three days using photogrammetry, a 3D scan with a camera, to record the fragments in the Capitoline courtyard. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 The concept is similar to photogrammetry capture systems, such as those that feature a dome with 40 lights to illuminate a target object from multiple perspectives to create 3D data. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 21 Feb. 2023 This is scalable, as opposed to running every consumer through a photogrammetry booth, and probably good enough to build a realistic 3-D avatar. Victor Erukhimov, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Hedley began his survey with photogrammetry, a technique originally developed for architectural surveying in the 19th century that has become increasingly powerful since the advent of digital photography. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 The key tool is a type of digital three-dimensional modeling known as photogrammetry, which will allow researchers to examine the SS Wisconsin and other Lake Michigan shipwrecks at a level of detail not seen since the vessels made their final voyages many years ago. Jennifer Nalewicki, Scientific American, 11 Nov. 2021 In Italy, researchers are documenting graffiti in medieval churches using a technique called photogrammetry. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Using a process called photogrammetry, Hood’s team can use the photos to build a three-dimensional map of the basin. Anna Canny, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Aug. 2023 Unlike photogrammetry, which requires multiple photos taken at different angles, NeRFs use AI to estimate hidden portions of the object. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Jan. 2023

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary photogram photograph (from phot- + -gram) + -metry

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of photogrammetry was in 1875

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“Photogrammetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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