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Three-dimensional surface approximation from incomplete data using distance transform
Author(s): Dah-Jye Lee; Benjamin P. Westover; Joseph D. Eifert
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Paper Abstract

Three-dimensional (3-D) object surface reconstruction is an important step toward non-destructive measurements of surface area and volume. Laser triangulation technique has been widely used for obtaining 3-D information. However, the 3-D data obtained from triangulation are not dense enough or usually not complete for surface reconstruction, especially for objects with irregular shape. As a result of fitting surfaces with these sparse 3-D data, inaccuracy in measuring the surface area or calculating the volume of the object is inevitable. A computer vision technique combining laser triangulation and distance transform has been developed to improve the measurement accuracy for objects with irregular shape. A 3-D wire-frame model is generated first with all available 3-D data. Each pixel within the image boundary is given the distance information using distance transform. The distance information of each pixel is then used as the constraints for surface fitting and interpolation. With this additional information from distance transform, more accurate surface approximation can be achieved. The measurement accuracy of this technique is compared with other interpolation techniques for the volume measurement of oyster meats.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4792, Image Reconstruction from Incomplete Data II, (23 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.451370
Show Author Affiliations
Dah-Jye Lee, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
Benjamin P. Westover, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
Joseph D. Eifert, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4792:
Image Reconstruction from Incomplete Data II
Philip J. Bones; Michael A. Fiddy; Rick P. Millane, Editor(s)

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