Image Based Techniques for Monitoring Large Civil Structures: Hastings Pier
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Using digital imaging technologies to assess the quality and stability of large structures that may need restoration.
Digital cameras and imaging software can be used to compare high resolution images of large structures, in this case the 280 m long Hastings Pier that needs £25m of restoration work. Computers can detect changes between images that could indicate missing steel structures or changes in surface corrosion, the seriousness of which can be interpreted by the human operator.