Pixel-Level Cracking Detection on 3D Asphalt Pavement Images Through Deep-Learning- Based CrackNet-V

A few recent developments have demonstrated that deep-learning-based solutions can outperform traditional algorithms for automated pavement crack detection. In this paper, an efficient deep network called CrackNet-V is proposed for automated pixel-level crack detection on 3D asphalt pavement images. Compared with the original CrackNet, CrackNet-V has a deeper architecture but fewer parameters, resulting in improved accuracy and computation efficiency. Inspired by CrackNet, CrackNet-V uses invariant spatial size through all layers such that supervised learning can be conducted at pixel level. Following the VGG network, CrackNet-V uses 3 X 3 size of filters for the first six convolutional layers and stacks several 3 X 3 convolutional layers together for deep abstraction, resulting in reduced number of parameters and efficient feature extraction. CrackNet-V has 64113 parameters and consists of ten layers, including one pre-process layer, eight convolutional layers, and one output layer. A new activation function leaky rectified tanh is proposed in this paper for higher accuracy in detecting shallow cracks. The training of CrackNet-V was completed after 3000 iterations, which took only one day on a GeForce GTX 1080Ti device. According to the experimental results on 500 testing images, CrackNet-V achieves a high performance with a Precision of 84.31%, Recall of 90.12%, and an F-1 score of 87.12%. It is shown that CrackNet-V yields better overall performance particularly in detecting fine cracks compared with CrackNet. The efficiency of CrackNet-V further reveals the advantages of deep learning techniques for automated pixel-level pavement crack detection.


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  • Accession Number: 01732458
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TLIB, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2020 5:10PM