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Progressive Meshes
"... Highly detailed geometric models are rapidly becoming commonplace in computer graphics. These models, often represented as complex triangle meshes, challenge rendering performance, transmission bandwidth, and storage capacities. This paper introduces the progressive mesh (PM) representation, a new s ..."
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Highly detailed geometric models are rapidly becoming commonplace in computer graphics. These models, often represented as complex triangle meshes, challenge rendering performance, transmission bandwidth, and storage capacities. This paper introduces the progressive mesh (PM) representation, a new scheme for storing and transmitting arbitrary triangle meshes. This efficient, lossless, continuousresolution representation addresses several practical problems in graphics: smooth geomorphing of levelofdetail approximations, progressive transmission, mesh compression, and selective refinement. In addition, we present a new mesh simplification procedure for constructing a PM representation from an arbitrary mesh. The goal of this optimization procedure is to preserve not just the geometry of the original mesh, but more importantly its overall appearance as defined by its discrete and scalar appearance attributes such as material identifiers, color values, normals, and texture coordinates. We demonstrate construction of the PM representation and its applications using several practical models.
Edgebreaker: Connectivity compression for triangle meshes
 IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
, 1999
"... Edgebreaker is a simple scheme for compressing the triangle/vertex incidence graphs (sometimes called connectivity or topology) of threedimensional triangle meshes. Edgebreaker improves upon the worst case storage required by previously reported schemes, most of which require O(nlogn) bits to store ..."
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Edgebreaker is a simple scheme for compressing the triangle/vertex incidence graphs (sometimes called connectivity or topology) of threedimensional triangle meshes. Edgebreaker improves upon the worst case storage required by previously reported schemes, most of which require O(nlogn) bits to store the incidence graph of a mesh of n triangles. Edgebreaker requires only 2n bits or less for simple meshes and can also support fully general meshes by using additional storage per handle and hole. Edgebreaker’s compression and decompression processes perform the same traversal of the mesh from one triangle to an adjacent one. At each stage, compression produces an opcode describing the topological relation between the current triangle and the boundary of the remaining part of the mesh. Decompression uses these opcodes to reconstruct the entire incidence graph. Because Edgebreaker’s compression and decompression are independent of the vertex locations, they may be combined with a variety of vertexcompressing techniques that exploit topological information about the mesh to better estimate vertex locations. Edgebreaker may be used to compress the connectivity of an entire mesh bounding a 3D polyhedron or the connectivity of a triangulated surface patch whose boundary needs not be encoded. Its superior compression capabilities, the simplicity of its implementation, and its versatility make Edgebreaker particularly suitable for the emerging 3D data exchange standards for interactive graphic applications. The paper also offers a comparative survey of the rapidly growing field of geometric compression.
Geometric Compression through Topological Surgery
 ACM TRANSACTIONS ON GRAPHICS
, 1998
"... ... this article introduces a new compressed representation for complex triangulated models and simple, yet efficient, compression and decompression algorithms. In this scheme, vertex positions are quantized within the desired accuracy, a vertex spanning tree is used to predict the position of each ..."
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... this article introduces a new compressed representation for complex triangulated models and simple, yet efficient, compression and decompression algorithms. In this scheme, vertex positions are quantized within the desired accuracy, a vertex spanning tree is used to predict the position of each vertex from 2, 3, or 4 of its ancestors in the tree, and the correction vectors are entropy encoded. Properties, such as normals, colors, and texture coordinates, are compressed in a similar manner. The connectivity is encoded with no loss of information to an average of less than two bits per triangle. The vertex spanning tree and a small set of jump edges are used to split the model into a simple polygon. A triangle spanning tree and a sequence of marching bits are used to encode the triangulation of the polygon. Our approach improves on Michael Deering's pioneering results by exploiting the geometric coherence of several ancestors in the vertex spanning tree, preserving the connectivity with no loss of information, avoiding vertex repetitions, and using about three times fewer bits for the connectivity. However, since decompression requires random access to all vertices, this method must be modified for hardware rendering with limited onboard memory. Finally, we demonstrate implementation results for a variety of VRML models with up to two orders of magnitude compression
Spectral Compression of Mesh Geometry
, 2000
"... We show how spectral methods may be applied to 3D mesh data to obtain compact representations. This is achieved by projecting the mesh geometry onto an orthonormal basis derived from the mesh topology. To reduce complexity, the mesh is partitioned into a number of balanced submeshes with minimal int ..."
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We show how spectral methods may be applied to 3D mesh data to obtain compact representations. This is achieved by projecting the mesh geometry onto an orthonormal basis derived from the mesh topology. To reduce complexity, the mesh is partitioned into a number of balanced submeshes with minimal interaction, each of which are compressed independently. Our methods may be used for compression and progressive transmission of 3D content, and are shown to be vastly superior to existing methods using spatial techniques, if slight loss can be tolerated.
Real time compression of triangle mesh connectivity
 SIGGRAPH 98 Conference Proceedings, Annual Conference Series
, 1998
"... In this paper we introduce a new compressed representation for the connectivity of a triangle mesh. We present local compression and decompression algorithms which are fast enough for real time applications. The achieved space compression rates keep pace with the best rates reported for any known gl ..."
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In this paper we introduce a new compressed representation for the connectivity of a triangle mesh. We present local compression and decompression algorithms which are fast enough for real time applications. The achieved space compression rates keep pace with the best rates reported for any known global compression algorithm. These nice properties have great benefits for several important applications. Naturally, the technique can be used to compress triangle meshes without significant delay before they are stored on external devices or transmitted over a network. The presented decompression algorithm is very simple allowing a possible hardware realization of the decompression algorithm which could significantly increase the rendering speed of pipelined graphics hardware.
Progressive Simplicial Complexes
, 1997
"... In this paper, we introduce the progressive simplicial complex (PSC) representation, a new format for storing and transmitting triangulated geometric models. Like the earlier progressive mesh (PM) representation, it captures a given model as a coarse base model together with a sequence of refinement ..."
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In this paper, we introduce the progressive simplicial complex (PSC) representation, a new format for storing and transmitting triangulated geometric models. Like the earlier progressive mesh (PM) representation, it captures a given model as a coarse base model together with a sequence of refinement transformations that progressively recover detail. The PSC representation makes use of a more general refinement transformation, allowing the given model to be an arbitrary triangulation (e.g. any dimension, nonorientable, nonmanifold, nonregular), and the base model to always consist of a single vertex. Indeed, the sequence of refinement transformations encodes both the geometry and the topology of the model in a unified multiresolution framework. The PSC representation retains the advantages of PM's. It defines a continuous sequence of approximating models for runtime levelofdetail control, allows smooth transitions between any pair of models in the sequence, supports progressive transmission, and offers a spaceefficient representation. Moreover, by allowing changes to topology, the PSC sequence of approximations achieves better fidelity than the corresponding PM sequence.
A Comparison of Mesh Simplification Algorithms
 Computers & Graphics
, 1997
"... In many applications the need for an accurate simplification of surface meshes is becoming more and more urgent. This need is not only due to rendering speed reasons, but also to allow fast transmission of 3D models in networkbased applications. Many different approaches and algorithms for mesh sim ..."
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In many applications the need for an accurate simplification of surface meshes is becoming more and more urgent. This need is not only due to rendering speed reasons, but also to allow fast transmission of 3D models in networkbased applications. Many different approaches and algorithms for mesh simplification have been proposed in the last few years. We present a survey and a characterization of the fundamental methods. Moreover, the results of an empirical comparison of the simplification codes available in the public domain are discussed. Five implementations, chosen to give a wide spectrum of different topologypreserving methods, were run on a set of sample surfaces. We compared empirical computational complexities and the approximation accuracy of the resulting output meshes. 1 Introduction Triangles are the most popular drawing primitive. They are managed by all graphics libraries and hardware subsystems, and triangular meshes are thus very common in computer graphics. Very c...
Displaced subdivision surfaces
 Siggraph 2000, Computer Graphics Proceedings, Annual Conference Series, pages 85–94. ACM Press / ACM SIGGRAPH
, 2000
"... In this paper we introduce a new surface representation, the displaced subdivision surface. It represents a detailed surface model as a scalarvalued displacement over a smooth domain surface. Our representation defines both the domain surface and the displacement function using a unified subdivisio ..."
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In this paper we introduce a new surface representation, the displaced subdivision surface. It represents a detailed surface model as a scalarvalued displacement over a smooth domain surface. Our representation defines both the domain surface and the displacement function using a unified subdivision framework, allowing for simple and efficient evaluation of analytic surface properties. We present a simple, automatic scheme for converting detailed geometric models into such a representation. The challenge in this conversion process is to find a simple subdivision surface that still faithfully expresses the detailed model as its offset. We demonstrate that displaced subdivision surfaces offer a number of benefits, including geometry compression, editing, animation, scalability, and adaptive rendering. In particular, the encoding of fine detail as a scalar function makes the representation extremely compact. Additional Keywords: geometry compression, multiresolution geometry, displacement maps, bump maps, multiresolution editing, animation.
A Developer's Survey of Polygonal Simplification Algorithms
 IEEE COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND APPLICATIONS
, 2001
"... Polygonal simplification, a.k.a. level of detail, is an important tool for anyone doing interactive rendering, but how is a developer to choose among the dozens of published algorithms? This article surveys the field from a developer's point of view, attempting to identify the issues in picking ..."
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Polygonal simplification, a.k.a. level of detail, is an important tool for anyone doing interactive rendering, but how is a developer to choose among the dozens of published algorithms? This article surveys the field from a developer's point of view, attempting to identify the issues in picking an algorithm, relate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, and describe a number of published algorithms as examples.
Progressive Forest Split Compression
, 1998
"... In this paper we introduce the Progressive Forest Split (PFS) representation, a new adaptive refinement scheme for storing and transmitting manifold triangular meshes in progressive and highly compressed form. As in the Progressive Mesh (PM) method of Hoppe, a triangular mesh is represented as a low ..."
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In this paper we introduce the Progressive Forest Split (PFS) representation, a new adaptive refinement scheme for storing and transmitting manifold triangular meshes in progressive and highly compressed form. As in the Progressive Mesh (PM) method of Hoppe, a triangular mesh is represented as a low resolution polygonal model followed by a sequence of refinement operations, each one specifying how to add triangles and vertices to the previous level of detail to obtain a new level. The PFS format shares with PM and other refinement schemes the ability to smoothly interpolate between consecutive levels of detail. However, it achieves much higher compression ratios than PM by using a more complex refinement operation which can, at the expense of reduced granularity, be encoded more efficiently. A forest split operation doubling the number n of triangles of a mesh requires a maximum of approximately 3:5n bits to represent the connectivity changes, as opposed to approximately #5 + log 2 #n## n bits in PM. We describe