Community-scale multi-level post-hurricane damage assessment of residential buildings using multi-temporal airborne LiDAR data

Zixiang Zhou, Jie Gong, Xuan Hu

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Building damage assessment is a critical task following major hurricane events. Use of remotely sensed data to support building damage assessment is a logical choice considering the difficulty of gaining ground access to the impacted areas immediately after hurricane events. However, a remote sensing based damage assessment approach is often only capable of detecting severely damaged buildings. In this study, an airborne LiDAR based approach is proposed to assess multi-level hurricane damage at the community scale. In the proposed approach, building clusters are first extracted using a density-based algorithm. A novel cluster matching algorithm is proposed to robustly match post-event and pre-event building clusters. Multiple features including roof area and volume, roof orientation, and roof shape are computed as building damage indicators. A hierarchical determination process is then employed to identify the extent of damage to each building object. The results of this study suggest that our proposed approach is capable of 1) recognizing building objects, 2) extracting damage features, and 3) characterizing the extent of damage to individual building properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-45
Number of pages16
JournalAutomation in Construction
Volume98
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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In: Automation in Construction, Vol. 98, 01.02.2019, p. 30-45.

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