GIS eBOOK: Spatial Data Modelling for 3D GIS

This book aims to introduce a framework for spatial data modelling for 3D GIS and it is specifically written for GIS postgraduate level courses. Postgraduate students, researchers, and professionals in Geo Information (GI) science community may find this book useful and it may provide some insights in various spatial data modeling problems. 

The scope of this book, however, restricts the emphasis to various stages of the design and construction of a 3D vector spatial model. This kind of model permits the integration in one database of two kinds of real world objects: determinate and indeterminate spatial objects and their components. 

This integration permits better representation of the spatial relationships between the two types of spatial objects. Determinate spatial objects - objects with discernible boundaries, like buildings and roads - can be represented directly by the elements of the model. Indeterminate spatial objects - objects with indiscernible boundaries, like soil strata, temperature, and mineral deposits - require indirect representation. Given a specific type of property and a given property value, or the property range, the boundary of an indeterminate spatial object can be derived from the surrounding neighbours. In a vector spatial model, the neighbours may be represented as a point, line, surface, or body feature.

Content:
Chapter 1 Introduction 
Chapter 2 An Overview of 3D GIS Development 
Chapter 3 2D and 3D Spatial Data Representations
Chapter 4 The Fundamentals of Geo-Spatial Modelling
Chapter 5 The Conceptual Design
Chapter 6 The Logical Design
Chapter 7 Object-Orientation of TIN Spatial Data
Chapter 8 The Supporting Algorithms
Chapter 9 Applications of the Model
Chapter 10 The Web and 3D GIS
Chapter 11 Conclusion and Further Outlook

Author: Alias Abdul-Rahman, Morakot Pilouk.  Publsihed 2007.
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