Accident Investigation with 3D Models from Images

Vehicular accidents are one of the great societal challenges. In some demographics, they are the leading cause of death. It is important that accidents are thoroughly investigated. In this project the project team uses Structure-from-Motion (SfM) techniques to create 3D models of the whole accident and of relevant parts. The investigator only needs to use a standard camera to take pictures of the scene from many locations and perspectives. Given enough images, the SfM software computes a 3D model. The project team will develop tools to integrate the models into the investigative procedures, e.g. by comparing the model of the damaged car with an intact model to determine the crush. The project team will also collaborate with Texas A+M Transportation Institute (TTI) to find additional use cases and make it a useful tool in collision research.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract to a Performing Organization has not yet been awarded.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $90000
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Pittsburgh, PA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Ehrlichman, Courtney

  • Principal Investigators:

    Mertz, Christoph

  • Start Date: 20160101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170101
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01595761
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 7 2016 9:39PM