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Issues in bridge deck damage evaluation using aerial photos
Author(s): M. Natarajan; S. E. Chen; C. Boyle; E. Martin; E. Hauser
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Paper Abstract

Small format aerial photography (SFAP) with low flying technique is proposed for damage evaluation of bridge decks. High resolution images obtained using under-belly photography can be used to quantify the various bridge deck problems. The conventional truck-mount or vehicle-mount deck imaging technologies require a large number of image samples. Hence the physical scanning is time consuming and it is also challenging consider the size and location of a bridge. Aerial imaging overcomes these issues, but they face different kinds of challenges that are posed by obstacles such as shadow from trees, power lines and vehicles, signs and luminaries structures. The image resolution uncertainty, which is a function of the pilot skills and flying conditions, may also add additional challenges to aerial imaging technique. Hence different image processing tools have to be integrated into a single package to achieve the desired task. This paper summarizes the challenges faced and the preliminary results are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8347, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2012, 83470W (4 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915204
Show Author Affiliations
M. Natarajan, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)
S. E. Chen, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)
C. Boyle, Boyle Consulting Engineering LLC (United States)
E. Martin, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)
E. Hauser, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8347:
Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2012
Andrew L. Gyekenyesi, Editor(s)

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