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Applied Optics


  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2013
  • pp: 4385–4390

Image processing for safety assessment in civil engineering

Belen Ferrer, Juan C. Pomares, Ramon Irles, Julian Espinosa, and David Mas  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 18, pp. 4385-4390 (2013)

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Behavior analysis of construction safety systems is of fundamental importance to avoid accidental injuries. Traditionally, measurements of dynamic actions in civil engineering have been done through accelerometers, but high-speed cameras and image processing techniques can play an important role in this area. Here, we propose using morphological image filtering and Hough transform on high-speed video sequence as tools for dynamic measurements on that field. The presented method is applied to obtain the trajectory and acceleration of a cylindrical ballast falling from a building and trapped by a thread net. Results show that safety recommendations given in construction codes can be potentially dangerous for workers.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4290) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Nondestructive testing
(100.4999) Image processing : Pattern recognition, target tracking

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: February 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2013
Published: June 19, 2013

Belen Ferrer, Juan C. Pomares, Ramon Irles, Julian Espinosa, and David Mas, "Image processing for safety assessment in civil engineering," Appl. Opt. 52, 4385-4390 (2013)

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