Terrain Modelling for Computer-Aided Site Development

by Kenneth G. Lawrence, Univ of Texas, United States,
David R. Maidment, Univ of Texas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Water Issues and Computer Applications


This research proposes a terrain model and a storm drainage model to be used as tools in creating a more efficient design/approval stage of the development process. This research proposes to build upon geometric wireframe representations of the land surface and create a solid model capable of storing all attributes and knowledge associated with the ground such as its roughness and infiltration capacity and so on. The focus of this presentation is on the development of the terrain model to maintain the proper ground representation structure and data storage capabilities that allow it the versatility to be used for drainage simulation and other engineering applications.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Terrain models | Terrain | Computer aided operations | Decision support systems | Three-dimensional models | Mathematical models | Simulation models

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