Crack Detection Using Enhanced Hierarchical Convolutional Neural Networks

13 Dec 2019  ·  Qiuchen Zhu, Manh Duong Phung, Quang Ha ·

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are expected to replace human in hazardous tasks of surface inspection due to their flexibility in operating space and capability of collecting high quality visual data. In this study, we propose enhanced hierarchical convolutional neural networks (HCNN) to detect cracks from image data collected by UAVs. Unlike traditional HCNN, here a set of branch networks is utilised to reduce the obscuration in the down-sampling process. Moreover, the feature preserving blocks combine the current and previous terms from the convolutional blocks to provide input to the loss functions. As a result, the weights of resized images can be reduced to minimise the information loss. Experiments on images of different crack datasets have been carried out to demonstrate the effectiveness of proposed HCNN.

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