N2 - The processing of cartographic data demands human involvement. Up-to-date algorithms try to automate a part of this process. The goal is to obtain a digital model, or additional information about shape and topology of input geometric objects. A topological skeleton is one of the most important tools in the branch of science called shape analysis. It represents topological and geometrical characteristics of input data. Its plot depends on using algorithms such as medial axis, skeletonization, erosion, thinning, area collapse and many others. Area collapse, also known as dimension change, replaces input data with lower-dimensional geometric objects like, for example, a polygon with a polygonal chain, a line segment with a point. The goal of this paper is to introduce a new algorithm for the automatic calculation of polygonal chains representing a 2D polygon. The output is entirely contained within the area of the input polygon, and it has a linear plot without branches. The computational process is automatic and repeatable. The requirements of input data are discussed. The author analyzes results based on the method of computing ends of output polygonal chains. Additional methods to improve results are explored. The algorithm was tested on real-world cartographic data received from BDOT/GESUT databases, and on point clouds from laser scanning. An implementation for computing hatching of embankment is described.
JO - Geodesy and Cartography
L1 - http://journals.pan.pl/Content/100881/PDF/art2_Buczek+GiK+1-2017.pdf
L2 - http://journals.pan.pl/Content/100881
IS - No 1
KW - shape analysis
KW - Polygon collapse
KW - medial axis
KW - geometry processing
KW - spatial database
ER -
A1 - Buczek, MichaĆ Mateusz
PB - Commitee on Geodesy PAS
VL - vol. 66
JF - Geodesy and Cartography
T1 - Area collapse algorithm computing new curve of 2D geometric objects
UR - http://journals.pan.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=100881
DOI - 10.1515/geocart-2017-0004