ICDAR / GREC 2015 : Engineering Drawing Challenge

We present the Engineering Drawing Challenge in the framework of the GREC’15, to be held at the Brasserie Excelsior in Nancy, France - August 22-23, 2015. This is a totally open challenge, in which the participants are encouraged to present innovative ideas and methods related to automatic engineering drawing interpretation. The ultimate goal is to foster creativity and give more visibility to the presented proposals while collaborating on enriching the state-of-the-art in the field. In the following we present the details of the challenge.



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Image credits: ArcelorMittal has given permission for the drawings to be used for non-commercial research purposes only.


During last GREC, hundreds of engineering drawings have been made available to our community thanks to Daniel Lopresti and the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. They are both hand-made and computer-made drawings from the 60’s to 90’s. Tedious work has started at L3i lab to digitize such material and the 23 first images are now available for research purposes!

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We propose a first exploratory challenge in which only the image dataset is facilitated to the community. Thus, the participants are requested to present open ideas and methods describing how they can collaborate to enhance, understand, preserve and reuse such unique heritage.

Each participant is invited to express his interest by submitting an extended abstract to present its method and contribution. The experiments are accepted to be conducted on partial or full dataset.

Examples of contributions are (but not limited to): image enhancement, vectorization, text/graphic separation, symbol detection, groundtruthing assistant tool.



During GREC’15, all the participants of the Engineering Drawing Challenge will have the opportunity to present their results and the audience will be invited to vote for the best contribution (Student Response System). Among the presented contributions, the authors of the one that will be considered as the most innovative, creative and interesting by the audience will be awarded.


Submission of results

Participants are invited to email an extended abstract of two A4 pages maximum following the Author Instructions and Paper Format of GREC'15 to the organizers. Additional material (e.g. results images) can be included as download link.


Important dates

19th July - Deadline for extended abstract submission (2 pages maximum)



Lluís-Pere de las Heras

Computer Vision Center

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Edifici O, campus UAB

08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès - Spain


Christophe Rigaud

Laboratoire Informatique, Image, Interaction

Université de La Rochelle

Pôle Sciences & Technologie

Avenue Michel Crépeau

17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1 - France