Video Mensuration Using a Stationary Camera

  • Feng Guo
  • Rama Chellappa
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3953)


This paper presents a method for video mensuration using a single stationary camera. The problem we address is simple, i.e., the mensuration of any arbitrary line segment on the reference plane using multiple frames with minimal calibration. Unlike previous solutions that are based on planar rectification, our approach is based on fitting the image of multiple concentric circles on the plane. Further, the proposed method aims to minimize the error in mensuration. Hence we can calculate the mensuration of the line segments not lying on the reference plane. Using an algorithm for detecting and tracking wheels of an automobile, we have implemented a fully automatic system for wheel base mensuration. The mensuration results are accurate enough that they can be used to determine the vehicle classes. Furthermore, we measure the line segment between any two points on the vehicle and plot them in top and side views.


Line Segment Reference Plane World System Reference Length Stationary Camera 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feng Guo
    • 1
  • Rama Chellappa
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Science & Center for Automation ResearchUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Electrical and Computer Engineering & Center for Automation ResearchUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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