Pseudo Feature Point Registration of Pavement Images

Road pavement imaging has over the last 20 years become a routine output from annual pavement assessment survey regimes across the world. Hitherto the traditional use of road pavement images in road condition assessment has been crack detection, rather than direct analysis of image features such as aggregate loss, changes in surface texture or deterioration of road markings. Any attempt to assess pavement condition change from features in a sequence of such images captured months or years apart requires image registration. A method for registering road pavement images is presented that makes use of an affine transformation based on pseudo-features within images. An affine transformation is considered suitable for registering road pavement images because of the linear way in which pavements are surveyed. Pseudo-feature points are found using a modified corner detector, and then matching points between Reference and Template images established via a correlation analysis of pavement image texture. With 4 such points it is possible to establish an affine transformation between the images. The method is tested on pavement images captured on three UK sites between winter 2014/15 and 2015/16. The method successfully registered 98% of images captured on sites typical of the UK’s strategic road network, and 65% of images captured on a site typical of the UK’s minor road network.


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  • Accession Number: 01676413
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 2018 3:05PM