The application of database technologies to analysis of rock structure images
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AGH University of Science and Technology
Mariusz Mlynarczuk   

AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, Department of Geoinformatics and Applied Computer Science, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Cracow, Poland
Publication date: 2014-01-06
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2014;50(2):563–573
The aim of this paper is to present a possibility to use information technology in the form of databases for processing and analyzing large image sets based on methods of image analysis and mathematical morphology. Up to now the use of databases in the image analysis process has been reduced to storing large amounts of data in the form of images. However, all transformations and analyses of such sets are made on user’s computers. This requires a large data set (images) to be sent by network each time, and also it may possess the problems resulting from managing such large amounts of analyzed photographs on a computer. The proposed approach completely eliminates these problems by moving all transformations of image analysis to a database platform. For this purpose a set of routines realizing transformations of the image analysis and mathematical morphology was developed. The proposed approach allows the unification of the image processing and analysis area and advanced statistical analyses of obtained parameters describing geometrical sizes of objects on photographs. The proposed methodology was illustrated by practical realization of two measurement types for a simple structure of copper concentrate and more complicated, from the point of view of image analysis, structures such as dolomites from Redziny and Laskowa Gora and sandstones from Tumlin and Wisniowka.