3D Reconstruction of Line Features Using Multi-View Acoustic Images in Underwater Environment


In order to understand the underwater environ- ment, it is essential to use sensing methodologies able to perceive the three dimensional (3D) information of the explored site. Sonar sensors are commonly employed in underwater exploration. This paper presents a novel methodology able to retrieve 3D information of underwater objects. The proposed solution employs an acoustic camera, which represents the next generation of sonar sensors, to extract and track the line of the underwater objects which are used as visual features for the image processing algorithm. In this work, we concentrate on artificial underwater environments, such as dams and bridges. In these structured environments, the line segments are preferred over the points feature, as they can represent structure information more effectively. We also developed a method for automatic extraction and correspondences match- ing of line features. Our approach enables 3D measurement of underwater objects using arbitrary viewpoints based on an extended Kalman filter (EKF). The probabilistic method allows computing the 3D reconstruction of underwater objects even in presence of uncertainty in the control input of the camera’s movements. Experiments have been performed in real environments. Results showed the effectiveness and accuracy of the proposed solution.

Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems, pp.312-317