Issue No. 04 - July/August (2004 vol. 10)

ISSN: 1077-2626

pp: 484-495

DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TVCG.2004.14

ABSTRACT

<p><b>Abstract</b>—We show how to build a continuous, one-dimensional index of the points on a triangulated irregular network (TIN). The index is constructed by first finding an ordering of the triangles in which consecutive triangles share a vertex or an edge. Then, the space within each triangle is continuously indexed with a space-filling curve that begins at one vertex of the triangle and ends at another. The space-filling curve is oriented such that the first point in each triangle is a vertex shared with the previous triangle and the last point is a vertex shared with the next triangle. Furthermore, our index can be refined locally and, therefore, efficiently when the TIN is augmented by filling any face with another TIN (to make a hierarchical TIN). Such processes arise, for example, in the elaboration of detail on a graphical surface.</p>

INDEX TERMS

Triangulated irregular network, TIN, space-filling curve, hierarchical triangulation, multiresolution triangulation, triangle mesh, spatial index.

CITATION

John J. Bartholdi, Paul Goldsman, "Multiresolution Indexing of Triangulated Irregular Networks",

*IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics*, vol. 10, no. , pp. 484-495, July/August 2004, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2004.14