Geometric Modelling:  2021-2022

 Lecturer Irina Voiculescu Degrees Term Michaelmas Term 2021  (16 lectures)

Overview

The lectures for this course will be pre-recorded and available on Panopto (click Recorded Lectures>2021-22>Geometric Modelling)

The lectures will be supported by in-person discussion sessions (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8) and office hours (weeks 1, 3, 5, 7).

This is an introductory course in modelling techniques for 3D objects. It covers a wide range of different ways of representing the geometry of real objects, depending on their functionality and application. The emphasis in this course will be on the theory and basic principles of constructing models; hence the practicals will not use CAD-specific software, but rather a programming environment suitable for reasoning about the mathematics of models.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will:

• understand the need for, and the different applications of geometric modelling techniques
• understand some of the technical solutions
• be able to reason about the range of solutions to problems involving 3D objects

Prerequisites

Knowledge of basic matrix and vector algebra is assumed, as is basic set theory.

The course does not deal with the rendering of such models: this is left to Computer Graphics. Neither does it deal with any of the applications once the models have been created: this is left to Computer Animation. Whilst there are obvious links between these three courses, they have been designed to be independent of each other.

Synopsis

• Introduction, Point, line and line segment; relative positions; polyline 
• Polygon, convex and concave; polyhedron; convex hull 
• Principles of Collision Detection 
• Voronoi diagram; Delaunay triangulation 
• Data Structures: different kinds of geometric modellers 
• Boundary representation modelling 
• Constructive Solid Geometry introduction; interval arithmetic 
• Constructive Solid Geometry tree pruning; blends; integral properties 
• Splines introduction; Bézier curves 
• Drawing splines; degree elevation 
• Sculptured surface patches: applications 
• General splines; constructing splines from Bézier curves 
• B-splines; interpolation splines 
• Catmull-Rom splines 

Syllabus

• Point, line and line segment; relative positions; polyline
• Polygon, convex and concave; polyhedron; convex hull
• Different kinds of geometric modellers
• Boundary representation modelling
• Boundary representation operations
• GSG introduction; interval arithmetic
• GSG tree pruning; blends; integral properties
• Splines introduction; Bézier curves
• Drawing splines; degree elevation
• Sculptured surface patches: applications
• General splines; constructing splines from Bézier curves
• B-splines; interpolation splines
• Catmull-Rom splines
• Voronoi diagram; Delaunay triangulation
• Largest empty circle; Voronoi diagram generalisation(s)

Unfortunately there is no single textbook that covers the syllabus. The following have been part of reading lists for past courses and might be useful:

For B-rep modelling (ask me if you want to see a copy)

• Martti Mäntylä, Solid Modeling, Computer Science Press, 1988. (out of print)
• Hiroaki Chiyokura, Solid Modeling with Designbase, Addison-Wesley, 1988 (out of print)
• Ian Stroud, Boundary Representation Modelling Techniques, Springer Verlag, 2006

For CSG

• The svlis manual contains a very good introduction to CSG and related issues
• A J P Gomes, I Voiculescu, J Jorge, B Wyvill, C Galbraith, Implicit Curves and Surfaces:  Mathematics, Data Structures and Algorithms, Springer 2009, ISBN 978-1-84882-405-8 (not compulsory)
• J R Woodwark, Blends in geometric modelling, in The Mathematics of Surfaces (R.R. Martin, ed.) (Proceedings of the 2nd IMA Conference on the Mathematics of Surfaces, Cardiff, 1986) (255--297), Oxford University Press, 1987

For parametric curves, splines and NURBS

• E Cohen, R Riesenfeld, G Elber, Geometric Modelling with Splines: an intr oduction, A K Peters 2001. (thorough, but theoretical)
• Les Piegl, Wayne Tiller, The NURBS Book, Springer 1997. (B-splines and NURBS)
• G Farin, Curves and surfaces for computer aided geometric design, Academic Press, 1990. (practical applications)

For positions of points, lines and segments, also for convex hull and Voronoi diagrams:

• O'Rourke, J Computational Geometry in C, Cambridge University Press, 1994. (classic in computational geometry)

For a summary of various topics:

• J D Foley, A Van Dam, S K Feiner, J F Hughes and R L Phillips, Introduction to Computer Graphics, Addison-Wesley 1996. (chapters on B-rep and CSG, also rigid body transforms)
• T H Cormen, C E Leiserson and R L Rivest, Introduction to Algorithms, MIT Press, 1990. (general algorithms and complexity)