Storage tank inspection based laser scanning

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeConference contributionScientificpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


Development of laser scanning has offered great opportunity to capture three-dimensional (3D) topographic information of objects’ surfaces in a highly accurately and efficiently. Particularly, a terrestrial laser scanner is able to acquire millions of points within a second at millimetre accuracy. This technology has been widely used in many civil engineering applications, including surveying, construction management, and infrastructure inspection. Traditionally, tank inspection was carried out on-site by physical inspectors with suitable measurement equipment (e.g. tapes, staffs and a total station). This approach, albeit the most common one, has many downsides: subjective results, slow and expensive procedure, requirement of experienced and trained inspectors and close service of the tank. Additionally, all results are stored as hard copies, which lead to difficulties in tracking damage development and management. To mitigate these disadvantages, this paper proposes a method for (i) automatically extracting a point cloud of a tank wall from a massive data points, and (ii) evaluating the tank wall through its deformation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSCEA 2019
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering and Architecture
EditorsJ.N. Reddy, Chien Ming Wang, Van Hai Luong, Anh Tuan Le
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-5144-4
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-5143-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering and Architecture, ICSCEA 2019 - Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Duration: 24 Oct 201926 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


ConferenceInternational Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering and Architecture, ICSCEA 2019
Country/TerritoryViet Nam
CityHo Chi Minh City


  • Deformation
  • Feature extraction
  • Laser scanning
  • Point cloud
  • Tank inspection


Dive into the research topics of 'Storage tank inspection based laser scanning'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this