Photometric stereo data for the validation of a structural health monitoring test rig

Jennifer Blair, Bruce Stephen, Blair Brown, Stephen McArthur, David Gorman, Alistair Forbes , Claire Pottier, Jack McAlorum, Hamish Dow, Marcus Perry

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Photometric stereo uses images of objects illuminated from various directions to calculate surface normals which can be used to generate 3D meshes of the object. Such meshes can be used by engineers to estimate damage of a concrete surface, or track damage progression over time to inform maintenance decisions. This dataset [1] was collected to quantify the uncertainty in a photometric stereo test rig through both the comparison with a well characterised method (coordinate measurement machine) and experiment virtualisation. Data was collected for 9 real objects using both the test rig and the coordinate measurement machine. These objects range from clay statues to damaged concrete slabs. Furthermore, synthetic data for 12 objects was created via virtual renders generated using Blender (3D software) [2]. The two methods of data generation allowed the decoupling of the physical rig (used to light and photograph objects) and the photometric stereo algorithm (used to convert images and lighting information into 3D meshes). This data can allow users to: test their own photometric stereo algorithms, with specialised data created for structural health monitoring applications; provide an industrially relevant case study to develop and test uncertainty quantification methods on test rigs for structural health monitoring of concrete; or develop data processing methodologies for the alignment of scaled, translated, and rotated data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number110164
Number of pages13
JournalData in Brief
Early online date14 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2024


  • experiment virtualisation
  • intersystem comparison
  • coordinate measurement machine
  • non-destructive testing
  • uncertainty quantification
  • civil engineering


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