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BigSUR: Large-scale Structured Urban Reconstruction

Kelly, T; Femiani, J; Wonka, P; Mitra, NJ; (2017) BigSUR: Large-scale Structured Urban Reconstruction. ACM Transactions on Graphics , 36 (6) , Article 204. 10.1145/3130800.3130823. Green open access

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The creation of high-quality semantically parsed 3D models for dense metropolitan areas is a fundamental urban modeling problem. Although recent advances in acquisition techniques and processing algorithms have resulted in large-scale imagery or 3D polygonal reconstructions, such data-sources are typically noisy, and incomplete, with no semantic structure. In this paper, we present an automatic data fusion technique that produces high-quality structured models of city blocks. From coarse polygonal meshes, street-level imagery, and GIS footprints, we formulate a binary integer program that globally balances sources of error to produce semantically parsed mass models with associated facade elements. We demonstrate our system on four city regions of varying complexity; our examples typically contain densely built urban blocks spanning hundreds of buildings. In our largest example, we produce a structured model of 37 city blocks spanning a total of 1, 011 buildings at a scale and quality previously impossible to achieve automatically.

Type: Article
Title: BigSUR: Large-scale Structured Urban Reconstruction
Location: Bangkok, THAILAND
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3130800.3130823
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3130800.3130823
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: urban modeling, structure, reconstruction, façade parsing and element classification, procedural modeling
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10046699
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