Treading new water with a fully automatic sewer inspection system

Conference: ISR/ROBOTIK 2010 - ISR 2010 (41st International Symposium on Robotics) and ROBOTIK 2010 (6th German Conference on Robotics)
06/07/2010 - 06/09/2010 at Munich, Germany

Proceedings: ISR/ROBOTIK 2010

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Saenz, José; Elkmann, Norbert; Walter, Christoph; Schulenburg, Erik (Fraunhofer IFF, Magdeburg, Germany)
Althoff, Heiko (Emschergenossenschaft, Essen, Germany)

The Damage Detection System, the SEK, developed by the Fraunhofer IFF on behalf of the Emschergenossenschaft uses a multi-sensory approach for a high-resolution inspection of sewers. In addition to developing innovative hardware and sensor systems, it was necessary to develop a new software interface to assist the operator in viewing and analyzing the inspection data. Modern image processing techniques have been applied to the tasks of creating an augmented 3D virtual-reality reconstruction of the sewer pipe and for automatic detection of various types of damage.