Fast cutaway visualization of sub-terrain tubular networks

Artem Konev*, Manuel Matusich, Ivan Viola, Hendrik Schulze, Daniel Cornel, Jürgen Waser

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This paper proposes a context-preserving 3D visualization technique for interactive view- and distance-dependent cutaway visualization that reveals the subsurface urban infrastructure network. The infrastructure itself is displayed using the procedural billboarding technique, and its internals are revealed through a new cutaway algorithm that operates directly on the procedurally generated structures in the billboard proxy geometry. Both described cutaway techniques achieve interactive frame rates for the infrastructural network of a mid-sized city. Performance benchmarks and a domain expert evaluation support the potential usefulness of this technique in general and its particular utilization for the sewer network visualization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-35
Number of pages11
JournalComputers and Graphics (Pergamon)
StatePublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cutaway visualization
  • Procedural billboarding
  • Subsurface networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • General Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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