A preliminary review on three-dimensional city model

Qiming ZHOU*, Zhang Wenjiang

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In this paper a review on current research on 3DCM is presented, and an alternative approach by integrating the concepts and techniques of object-oriented method and Computer Aided Design (CAD) is suggested. Through the approach urban spatial entities as objects are extracted, which are represented with primary 3D elements (node, edge, face and body) and their combinations. In the light of the concept of object, the method supports the multiple representation of Level of Details (LOD). More importantly, topological relationships between objects are described so that 3D topological operations can be implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalGeo-Spatial Information Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Computers in Earth Sciences

User-Defined Keywords

  • 3D city model
  • Object-oriented GIS
  • Spatial data model
  • Urban GIS


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