The Multi-level Representations of 3D Building Models for Urban Site Modeling

Sung Chun Lee


Modeling and visualization of city scenes is important for many applications including entertainment and urban mission planning. Models covering wide areas can be efficiently constructed from aerial images. However, only roof details are visible from aerial views and ground views are needed to provide details of the building facades for high quality fly-through visualization or simulation applications.

Different data sources provide different levels of necessary detail information. We need a method that integrates the various levels of data. I propose a multi-level representation of 3D building models for urban site modeling that integrates "Level Of Detail" (LOD) from different data sources including aerial and ground view images. LOD for 3D building models are: "Structural information of building (level 1)," "Facade texture information (level 2)," and "Detailed geometry of building facade (level 3)." Each data source gives us different details and each level of the model has its own application as well. Through multi-level representation of 3D building models, large area site modeling can be done efficiently and cost-effectively.

This proposal suggests efficient approaches for acquiring each level model and demonstrates some quantitative and qualitative results of each level including the integration results.

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