Remote Sensing, Vol. 10, Pages 706: Sewer Inlet Localization in UAV Image Clouds: Improving Performance with Multiview Detection Remote Sensing doi: 10.3390/rs10050706 Authors: Matthew Moy de Vitry Konrad Schindler Jörg Rieckermann João P. Leitão Sewer and drainage infrastructure are often not as well catalogued as they should be, considering the immense investment they represent. In this work, we present a fully automatic framework for localizing sewer inlets from image clouds captured from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The framework exploits the high image overlap of UAV imaging surveys with a multiview approach to improve detection performance. The framework uses a Viola&ndash;Jones classifier trained to detect sewer inlets in aerial images with a ground sampling distance of 3&ndash;3.5 cm/pixel. The detections are then projected into three-dimensional space where they are clustered and reclassified to discard false positives. The method is evaluated by cross-validating results from an image cloud of 252 UAV images captured over a 0.57-km2 study area with 228 sewer inlets. Compared to an equivalent single-view detector, the multiview approach improves both recall and precision, increasing average precision from 0.65 to 0.73. The source code and case study data are publicly available for reuse.
Architecture, Civil Engineering, Surveying