Paint Condition Assessment of Civil Structures Using Hyper-Spectral Imaging

Samir Mustapha, Cong Phuoc Huynh, Peter Runcie, Fatih Murat Porikli

Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure

Current practice of paint condition assessment on civil structures typically involves labour-intensive and time-consuming visual inspections. This can be particularly costly for large and complex structures. In this study, hyperspectral imaging and classification techniques are proposed as a method to objectively assess the state of the paint on a civil or other structure. The ultimate objective of the work is to develop a technology that can provide precise and automatic grading of paint condition and assessment of degradation due to age or environmental factors. Towards this goal, we acquired hyperspectral images of steel surfaces located at both mid-range and short distances on the Sydney Harbour Bridge with an Acousto-Optics Tunable filter (AOTF) hyperspectral camera (consisting of 21 bands in the visible spectrum). We trained a multi-class Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier to automatically assess the grading of the paint from hyperspectral signatures. Our results demonstrate that the classifier generates highly accurate assessment of the paint condition in comparison to the judgement of human experts.

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