UAV, infrastructure monitoring, structure-from-motion, view planning, intrusion detection


This paper presents a novel method for UAV-based 3D modeling of large infrastructure objects, such as pipelines, canals and levees, that combines anomaly detection with automatic on-board 3D view planning. The study begins by assuming that anomaly detections are possible and focuses on quantifying the potential benefits of the combined method and the view planning algorithm. A simulated canal environment is constructed, and several simulated anomalies are created and marked. The algorithm is used to plan inspection flights for the anomaly locations, and simulated images from the flights are rendered and processed to construct 3D models of the locations of interest. The new flights are compared to traditional flights in terms of flight time, data collected and 3D model accuracy. When compared to a low speed, low elevation traditional flight, the proposed method is shown in simulation to decrease total flight time by up to 55%, while reducing the amount of image data to be processed by 89% and maintaining 3D model accuracy at areas of interest.

Original Publication Citation

Martin, R.A.; Blackburn, L.; Pulsipher, J.; Franke, K.; Hedengren, J.D. Potential Benefits of Combining Anomaly Detection with View Planning for UAV Infrastructure Modeling. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 434.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology


Chemical Engineering

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Associate Professor