Large-Scale Column Detection for Bridge Inspection Conference Paper uri icon


  • Manually inspecting bridges is a time-consuming and costly task. There are over 600,000 bridges in the US, and not all of them can be inspected and maintained within the specified time frame as some state DOTs cannot afford the essential costs and manpower. This paper presents a novel method that can detect bridge concrete columns from visual data for the purpose of eventually creating an automated bridge condition assessment system. The method employs SIFT feature detection and matching to find overlapping areas among images. Affine transformation matrices are then calculated to combine images containing different segments of one column into a single image. Following that, the bridge columns are detected by identifying the boundaries in the stitched image and classifying the material within each boundary. Preliminary test results using real bridge images indicate that most columns in stitched images can be correctly detected and thus, the viability of the application of this research. Copyright ASCE 2010.

name of conference

  • Construction Research Congress 2010

published proceedings

  • Construction Research Congress 2010

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhu, Z., German, S., & Brilakis, I.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Zhu, Z||German, S||Brilakis, I

publication date

  • January 2010