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Issue No. 06 - Nov.-Dec. (2011 vol. 31)
ISSN: 0272-1716
pp: 35-44
Juraj Vanek , Purdue University
Bedrich Benes , Purdue University
Adam Herout , Brno University of Technology
Ondrej Stava , Purdue University
Physics-based approaches could simplify terrain modeling by increasing its realism. However, most simulations provide only a low level of user control because they fail on large-scale phenomena or focus only on the modeling of limited effects. A new physics-based system for digital terrain editing is suitable for digital-content authors such as game designers, artists, and 3D modelers. It doesn't assume in-depth knowledge about physics-based simulations. Users can load large terrains from external sources, generate them procedurally, or create them manually, and they can edit them at interactive frame rates on a GPU. To allow large-scale editing, the system divides terrain into tiles of different resolutions according to the terrain's complexity, and it stores each tile as a mip-map texture. In addition, the physics-based simulation uses different levels of detail, depending on the terrain-change dynamics. Compared to nonadaptive computation, this approach can achieve 50 percent speedup and use 25 percent less memory. The Web extra is a video that shows how physics-based approaches to modeling can process terrain sizes larger than what was previously possible.
digital content, digital-content authoring, large-scale terrain, physics-based simulation, terrain editing, mip-map, hydraulic erosion, GPU, computer graphics, graphics and multimedia

J. Vanek, O. Stava, A. Herout and B. Benes, "Large-Scale Physics-Based Terrain Editing," in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 31, no. , pp. 35-44, 2011.
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