Semi-automatic Building Extraction from Quickbird Imagery

Selassie David Mayunga
2016 Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering B  
Automatic extraction features and buildings in particular from digital images is one of the most complex and challenging task faced by computer vision and photogrammetric communities. Extracted buildings are required for varieties of applications including urban planning, creation of GIS databases and development of urban city models for taxation. For decades, extraction of features has been done by photogrammetric methods using stereo plotters and digital work stations. Photogrammetric methods
more » ... are tedious, manually operated and require well-trained personnel. In recent years, there has been emergence of high-resolution space borne images, which have disclosed a large number of new opportunities for medium and large-scale topographic mapping. In this paper, a semi-automatic method is introduced to extract buildings in planned and informal settlements in urban areas from high resolution imagery. The proposed method uses modified snakes model and radial casting algorithm to initialize snakes contours and refinement of building outlines. The extraction rate is 91 percent as demonstrated by examples over selected test areas. The potential, limitations and future work is discussed.
doi:10.17265/2162-5263/2016.04.004 fatcat:dqlvxkfstjdhbp5exd4bxef45a