A biomimicry approach to automating visual road surveys

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Ng, S. K., Carter, S. J. B. and Bullen, Frank. 2006. "A biomimicry approach to automating visual road surveys." 22nd ARRB Conference: Research Into Practice. Canberra, Australia 29 Oct - 02 Nov 2006 Canberra, Australia.
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A biomimicry approach to automating visual road surveys

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsNg, S. K. (Author), Carter, S. J. B. (Author) and Bullen, Frank (Author)
Journal or Proceedings Title22nd ARRB Conference Proceedings
Number of Pages13
Year2006
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
ISBN1876592494
Conference/Event22nd ARRB Conference: Research Into Practice
Event Details
22nd ARRB Conference: Research Into Practice
Event Date
29 Oct 2006 to end of 02 Nov 2006
Event Location
Canberra, Australia
Abstract

Road surveys that quickly and efficiently identify features and assess their condition are keystones of an effective road asset management system. Manual visual surveys are subjective and expensive, but it appears that no software package can be flexible enough to cater to all survey needs. However, nature suggests that a generic system design is possible, a parallel being the way in which animals based on the quadruped design fill a wide range of ecological niches. This paper presents a generic design whose common design components are image acquisition, image processing, feature recognition by artificial neural networks, and condition assessment by expert systems. The system can accept either real time camera feed, or video/DVD recordings made by survey vehicles. Biomimicry principles are outlined to guide the designs application to produce a survey system for a given road feature, such as line-markings and road edges. A road guide post survey is presented as a case study.

Keywordspavement performance; pavement evaluation; image processing; data collection; data analysis; road surveys; biomimicry
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400502. Civil geotechnical engineering
401902. Geomechanics and resources geotechnical engineering
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