Journal article

Automatic Extraction of Railroad Centerlines from Mobile Laser Scanning Data

Sander Oude Elberink, Kourosh Khoshelham

Remote Sensing | MDPI | Published : 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we describe the automatic extraction of centerlines of railroads. Mobile Laser Scanning systems are able to capture the 3D environment of the rail tracks with a high level of detail. Our approach first detects laser points that were reflected by the rail tracks, by making use of local properties such as parallelism and height in relation to neighboring objects. In the modeling stage, we present two approaches to determine the centerline location. The first approach generates center points in a data-driven manner by projecting rail track points to the parallel track, and taking the midpoint as initial center point. Next, a piecewise linear function is fitted through the center ..

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