Efficiency of boundary evaluation for a cellular model

Rafael Bidarra, Joaquim Madeira, W.J. Neels, Willem F. Bronsvoort
Computer-Aided Design, Volume 37, Number 12, page 1266--1284 - 2005
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Feature modeling systems usually employ a boundary representation (b-rep) to store the shape information on a product. It has, however, been shown that a b-rep has a number of shortcomings, and that a cellular representation can be a valuable alternative. A cellular model stores additional shape information on features, including the feature faces that are not on the boundary of the product. Such information can be profitably used for several purposes. A major operation in every feature modeling system is boundary evaluation, which computes the geometric model of a product, i.e. either the b-rep or the cellular model, from the features that have been specified by the user. Since boundary evaluation has to be executed each time a feature is added, removed or modified, its efficiency is of paramount importance. In this paper, boundary evaluation for a cellular model is described in some detail. Its efficiency is compared to the efficiency of boundary evaluation for a b-rep, on the basis of both complexity analysis and performance measurements for the two types of evaluation. It turns out that boundary evaluation for a cellular model is, in fact, more efficient than for a b-rep, which makes cellular models even more attractive as an alternative to b-reps.

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@Article { BMNB05a,
  author       = "Bidarra, Rafael and Madeira, Joaquim and Neels, W.J. and Bronsvoort, Willem F.",
  title        = "Efficiency of boundary evaluation for a cellular model",
  journal      = "Computer-Aided Design",
  number       = "12",
  volume       = "37",
  pages        = "1266--1284",
  year         = "2005",
  url          = "http://graphics.tudelft.nl/Publications-new/2005/BMNB05a"

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