Visualization of Features in 3D Terrain

Steve Dübel, Heidrun Schumann
2017 ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information  
Arches and caves Karst Network Strata Warp Local Fault Floating islands Fig. 1 . From a 2D input height field, our method automatically generates an implicit model for representing the terrain, which is augmented with complex 3D landform features such as caves, overhangs, cliffs, arches or karsts. Our model can also represent dramatic and scenic science fiction landscapes such as floating islands, or giant rock spires. While three-dimensional landforms, such as arches and overhangs, occupy a
more » ... rhangs, occupy a relatively small proportion of most computer generated landscapes, they are distinctive and dramatic and have an outsize visual impact. Unfortunately, the dominant heightfield representation of terrain precludes such features, and existing in-memory volumetric structures are too memory intensive to handle larger scenes. In this paper, we present a novel memory-optimized paradigm for representing and generating volumetric terrain based on implicit surfaces. We encode feature shapes and terrain geology using construction trees that arrange and combine implicit primitives. The landform primitives themselves are positioned using Poisson sampling, built using open shape grammars guided by stratified erosion and invasion percolation processes, and, finally, queried during polygonization. Users can also interactively author landforms using high-level modeling tools to create or edit the underlying construction trees, with support for iterative cycles of editing and simulation. We demonstrate that our framework is capable of importing existing largescale heightfield terrains and amplifying them with such diverse structures as slot canyons, sea arches, stratified cliffs, fields of hoodoos, and complex karst cave networks.
doi:10.3390/ijgi6110357 fatcat:i3avkhxurvculmc5x4iehd7jka