Deep Convolutional Neural Networks for Pavement Crack Detection using an Inexpensive Global Shutter RGB-D Sensor and ARM-Based Single-Board Computer

Pavement distress assessment is a significant aspect of pavement management. Automated pavement crack detection is a challenging task that has been researched for decades in response to complicated pavement conditions. Current pavement condition assessment procedures are extensively time consuming, expensive, and labor-intensive. The primary goal of this paper is to develop a cost-effective and reliable platform using a red, green, blue, depth (RGB-D) sensor and deep learning detection models for automated pavement crack detection on a single-board ARM-based computer. To the best of our knowledge, for the first time, a pavement crack data set is prepared using a global shutter RGB-D sensor mounted on a car and annotated according to the Pascal visual object classes protocol, named PAVDIS2020. The proposed data set comprises 2,085 pavement crack images that are captured in a wide variety of weather and illuminance conditions with 5,587 instances of pavement cracks included in these images. A unified implementation of the Faster region-based convolutional neural networks and single shot multibox detector meta-architecture-based models is implemented to evaluate the accuracy, speed, and memory usage trade-off by using various convolutional neural networks-based backbones and various other training parameters on PAVDIS2020. The proposed pavement crack detection model was able to classify the cracks with 97.6% accuracy on PAVDIS2020 data set. The detection model is able to locate pavement crack patterns at the speed of 12 frames per second on a passively cooled Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer.

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    • The data set generated during and/or analyzed during the current study is proprietary or confidential in nature and may only be provided with restrictions. © National Academy of Sciences: Transportation Research Board 2021.
  • Authors:
    • Asadi, Pouria
    • Mehrabi, Hamid
    • Asadi, Alireza
    • Ahmadi, Melody
  • Publication Date: 2021


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  • Accession Number: 01764447
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-03273
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:25AM