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authors Ervin, Stephen and Westort, Caroline
year 1995
title Procedural Terrain: A Virtual Bulldozer
source Sixth International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures [ISBN 9971-62-423-0] Singapore, 24-26 September 1995, pp. 257-265
summary We describe a system for procedural landform design, which uses the simple metaphor of a two-dimensional profile or ăbladeŰ, swept along a three-dimensional trajectory, or ăpathŰ, leaving behind a modeled surface in its wake. This ăpathŰ and ăbladeŰ system can mimic a common bulldozer ˝ a simple rectangular blade moved along a path constrained to straight lined and large radius curves ˝ as well as more fanciful landform designs ˝ a blade of continually changing profile swept along an exponential spiral path, for instance. Our prototype ăbulldozerŰ (implemented in AutoLisp) operates in a field of procedurally defined landform ăprimitivesŰ to create a virtual surface, and uses a standard rectangular mesh for displaying the resultant landform.
keywords Digital Terrain Model, Procedural Model, Landscape Design, Landform
series CAAD Futures
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