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Asphalt concrete surfaces macrotexture determination from still images

Elunai, Ronald, Chandran, Vinod, & Gallagher, Edith (2011) Asphalt concrete surfaces macrotexture determination from still images. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 12(3), pp. 857-869.

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Abstract

Road surface macrotexture is identified as one of the factors contributing to the surface's skid resistance. Existing methods of quantifying the surface macrotexture, such as the sand patch test and the laser profilometer test, are either expensive or intrusive, requiring traffic control. High-resolution cameras have made it possible to acquire good quality images from roads for the automated analysis of texture depth. In this paper, a granulometric method based on image processing is proposed to estimate road surface texture coarseness distribution from their edge profiles. More than 1300 images were acquired from two different sites, extending to a total of 2.96 km. The images were acquired using camera orientations of 60 and 90 degrees. The road surface is modeled as a texture of particles, and the size distribution of these particles is obtained from chord lengths across edge boundaries. The mean size from each distribution is compared with the sensor measured texture depth obtained using a laser profilometer. By tuning the edge detector parameters, a coefficient of determination of up to R2 = 0.94 between the proposed method and the laser profilometer method was obtained. The high correlation is also confirmed by robust calibration parameters that enable the method to be used for unseen data after the method has been calibrated over road surface data with similar surface characteristics and under similar imaging conditions.

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ID Code: 45581
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Aggregates , Friction , Image edge detection , Measurement by laser beam , Roads , Surface resistance , Surface texture
DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2011.2116784
ISSN: 1524-9050
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 IEEE
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Deposited On: 09 Sep 2011 08:40
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2011 13:20

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