Real-time reconstruction of pipes using RGB-D cameras

Dong Min Kim, Jeong Hyeon Ahn, Seung wook Kim, Jongmin Lee, Myungho Kim, Jung Hyun Han

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This paper presents a novel method that automatically reconstructs pipes in real time using an RGB-D camera. The input image is decomposed into superpixels, and a pipe element, which is a 3D circle lying on the pipe surface, is generated for each superpixel. Over frames, the pipe elements are grouped into sequences and are finally modeled in parametric equations. The method is tested in daily settings, where the pipes may be curved and their radii may vary along the axes. The test results show that the method is able to reconstruct pipes efficiently, precisely and robustly.

Original languageEnglish
JournalComputer Animation and Virtual Worlds
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT, Korea, under the ICT Creative Consilience Program (IITP‐2023‐2020‐0‐01819), ITRC (Information Technology Re‐search Center) Support Program (IITP‐2023‐2020‐0‐01460) and the grant no. 2020‐0‐00861.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


  • 3D reconstruction
  • pipe
  • RGB-D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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