Target-less computer vision for traffic signal structure vibration studies Academic Article uri icon


  • The presented computer vision method allows for non-contact, target-less determination of traffic signal structure displacement and modal parameters, including mode shapes. By using an analytical model to relate structural displacement to stress, it is shown possible to utilize a rapid set-up and take-down computer vision-based system to infer structural stresses to a high degree of precision. Using this computer vision method, natural frequencies of the structure are determined with accuracy similar to strain gage and string potentiometer instrumentation. Even with structural displacements measured at less than 0.5 pixel, excellent mode shape results are obtained. Finally, one-minute equivalent stress ranges from ambient wind excitation are found to have excellent agreement between the inferred stress from strain gage data and stresses calculated from computer vision tied to an analytical stress model. This demonstrates the ability of this method and implemented system to develop fatigue life estimates using wind velocity data and modest technical means.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Bartilson, D. T., Wieghaus, K. T., & Hurlebaus, S.

citation count

  • 42

complete list of authors

  • Bartilson, Daniel T||Wieghaus, Kyle T||Hurlebaus, Stefan

publication date

  • August 2015