Deep learning with Python for crack detection: using Artificial Intelligence to bring the inspection of structures to the 21st century!

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Abstract

An illustrative non-technical review was published on Towards Data Science regarding our recent Journal paper “Automatic crack classification and segmentation on masonry surfaces using convolutional neural networks and transfer learning”.

While new technologies have changed almost every aspect of our lives, the construction field seems to be struggling to catch up. Currently, the structural condition of a building is still predominantly manually inspected. In simple terms, even nowadays when a structure needs to be inspected for any damage, an engineer will manually check all the surfaces and take a bunch of photos while keeping notes of the position of any cracks. Then a few more hours need to be spent at the office to sort all the photos and notes trying to make a meaningful report out of it. Apparently this a laborious, costly, and subjective process. On top of that, safety concerns arise since there are parts of structures with access restrictions and difficult to reach. To give you an example, the Golden Gate Bridge needs to be periodically inspected. In other words, up to very recently there would be specially trained people who would climb across this picturesque structure and check every inch of it.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • artificial intelligence
  • deep learning
  • masonry
  • crack detection
  • computer vision

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