Prof. Dr. Jürgen Döllner


Concepts for Cartography-Oriented Visualization of Virtual 3D City Models

Semmo, Amir and Hildebrandt, Dieter and Trapp, Matthias and Döllner, Jürgen
Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformation (PFG), (4):455-465 2012

DOI: 10.1127/1432-8364/2012/0131


Virtual 3D city models serve as an effective medium with manifold applications in geoinformation systems and services. To date, most 3D city models are visualized using photorealistic graphics. But an effective communication of geoinformation significantly depends on how important information is designed and cognitively processed in the given application context. One possibility to visually emphasize important information is based on non-photorealistic rendering, which comprehends artistic depiction styles and is characterized by its expressiveness and communication aspects. However, a direct application of non-photorealistic rendering techniques primarily results in monotonic visualization that lacks cartographic design aspects. In this work, we present concepts for cartography-oriented visualization of virtual 3D city models. These are based on coupling non-photorealistic rendering techniques and semantics-based information for a user, context, and media-dependent representation of thematic information. This work highlights challenges for cartography-oriented visualization of 3D geovirtual environments, presents stylization techniques and discusses their applications and ideas for a standardized visualization. In particular, the presented concepts enable a real-time and dynamic visualization of thematic geoinformation.


3D city models, cartography-oriented visualization, style description languages, real-time rendering

BibTeX file

author = { Semmo, Amir and Hildebrandt, Dieter and Trapp, Matthias and D{\"o}llner, J{\"u}rgen },
title = { Concepts for Cartography-Oriented Visualization of Virtual 3D City Models },
pages = { 455-465 },
year = { 2012 },
publisher = { E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung },
journal = { Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformation (PFG) },
number = { 4 }

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