Articles | Volume 1, issue 2
Original research article
27 Aug 2015
Original research article |  | 27 Aug 2015

SF3M software: 3-D photo-reconstruction for non-expert users and its application to a gully network

C. Castillo, M. R. James, M. D. Redel-Macías, R. Pérez, and J. A. Gómez

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Short summary
- We present SF3M, a new graphical user interface for implementing a complete 3-D photo-reconstruction workflow based on freely available software, in combination with a low-cost survey design for the reconstruction of a several-hundred-metres-long gully network. - This methodology implied using inexpensive means, little manpower, in a short time span, being a promising tool for gully erosion evaluation in scenarios with demanding budget and time constraints and reduced operator expertise.