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Reconstruction of Surfaces from Scattered Points

  • Author(s): Gregorski, Benjamin F.;
  • Hamann, Bernd;
  • Joy, Ken
  • Editor(s): Oskin, M.H.
  • et al.

Digitization devices and scanners generate very large point sets representing complicated geometric models. Data sets typically result from multiple scans, frequently even multiple viewpoints. We discuss a method that constructs a B-Spline surface from scattered data points, usable for further processing a CAD system. The basis for our reconstruction is the decomposition of the scattered points into a 3D strip tree data structure. Our data structure is an extension of the original strip tree presented in [3]. It is similar to a quadtree, except that each node in our tree represents a bounding box whose orientation is defined by the best-fit plane approximating the data points inside the box.

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