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Characteristics of 3D solid modeling software libraries for non-manifold modeling

Chatzivasileiadi, Aikaterini, Wardhana, Nicholas, Jabi, Wassim, Aish, Robert and Lannon, Simon 2019. Characteristics of 3D solid modeling software libraries for non-manifold modeling. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 16 (3) , pp. 496-518.
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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide a review of the characteristics of 3D solid modeling software libraries – otherwise known as ’geometric modeling kernels’ in non-manifold applications. ’Non-manifold’ is a geometric topology term that means ’to allow any combination of vertices, edges, surfaces and volumes to exist in a single logical body’. In computational architectural design, the use of non-manifold topology can enhance the representation of space as it provides topological clarity, allowing architects to better design, analyze and reason about buildings. The review is performed in two parts. The review is performed in two parts. The first part includes a comparison of the topological entities’ terminology and hierarchy as used within commercial applications, kernels, and within published academic research. The second part proposes an evaluation framework to explore the kernels’ support for non-manifold topology, including their capability to represent a non-manifold structure, and in performing non-regular Boolean operations, which are suitable for non-manifold modeling.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1686-4360
Funders: Leverhulme Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 28 April 2018
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2019 12:44
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/111474

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