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Wavelet-based pavement distress detection and evaluation
Author(s): Jian Zhou; Peisen S. Huang; Fu-Pen Chiang
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Paper Abstract

A wavelet-based pavement distress detection and evaluation method is proposed. This method consists of two main parts, real-time processing for distress detection and offline processing for distress evaluation. The real-time processing part includes wavelet transform, distress detection and isolation, and image compression and noise reduction. When a pavement image is decomposed into different frequency subbands by wavelet transform, the distresses, which are usually irregular in shape, appear as high-amplitude wavelet coefficients in the high-frequency details subbands, while the background appears in the low-frequency approximation subband. Two statistical parameters, high-amplitude wavelet coefficient percentage (HAWCP) and high-frequency energy percentage (HFEP), are established and used as criteria for real-time distress detection and distress image isolation. For compression of isolated distress images, a modified EZW (Embedded Zerotrees of Wavelet coding) is developed, which can simultaneously compress the images and reduce the noise. The compressed data are saved to the hard drive for further analysis and evaluation. The offline processing includes distress classification, distress quantification, and reconstruction of the original image for distress segmentation, distress mapping, and maintenance decision-making. The compressed data are first loaded and decoded to obtain wavelet coefficients. Then Radon transform is then applied and the parameters related to the peaks in the Radon domain are used for distress classification. For distress quantification, a norm is defined that can be used as an index for evaluating the severity and extent of the distress. Compared to visual or manual inspection, the proposed method has the advantages of being objective, high-speed, safe, automated, and applicable to different types of pavements and distresses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 November 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5207, Wavelets: Applications in Signal and Image Processing X, (13 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.509670
Show Author Affiliations
Jian Zhou, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
Peisen S. Huang, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
Fu-Pen Chiang, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5207:
Wavelets: Applications in Signal and Image Processing X
Michael A. Unser; Akram Aldroubi; Andrew F. Laine, Editor(s)

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