Masters Theses


"The high resolution target movement monitor (HRTMM) was developed at the Missouri University of Science and Technology to detect and measure wall movements in underground mines to help reduce fatality and injury rates. The system detects the movement of a target with submillimeter accuracy based on the images of one or more laser dots projected on the target and viewed by a high-resolution camera. The relative position of the centroid of the laser dot in the images corresponds to target movement. The centroid position is determined by customized software that uses ImageMagick. Prior versions of the HRTMM set the image threshold and window size based on a manual, visual examination of the images.

This work systematically examines the effect of a varying threshold on the calculated centroid position. First, the software is modified to function in a batch of images without human intervention. The same software is developed using OpenCV to eliminate the need to input parameter window size and to improve the performance speed. The ImageMagick and OpenCV results are compared in the various experiments. Second, the thresholding effects on the centroid position are determined for various target positions. The centroid positions are plotted as a function of varying thresholds to identify a range of thresholds for which the centroid position does not change significantly for normal lighting conditions. This work also proposes methods to determine the threshold ranges for various combinations of HRTMM components"--Abstract, page iii.


Moss, Randy Hays, 1953-
Watkins, Steve Eugene, 1960-

Committee Member(s)

Apel, Derek


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Electrical Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2009


viii, 61 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 58-60).


© 2009 Deepti Bairineni, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access

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Subject Headings

Ground control (Mining) -- Instruments
Lasers -- Measurement
Mine safety -- Equipment and supplies

Thesis Number

T 9478

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