Geometrical Modelling in Graphics (Course Materials)

Lecture Monday 9:00 MS Teams Exercise Tuesday 16:30 MS Teams


No make-up exams will be given for missed tests. All the assignments should be turn in by the designated due date. To pass this course all the course requirements must be SATISFACTORILY completed > 30% of each problem set. Programming, modelling projects and oral exam.

What you Need to Pass

  • Attend lessons. One missed +0 points. 2 missed 0 points, 3 and more is Fx.
  • Programming, modelling project with production and exercise (mandatory, 50 points). Submission after deadline -50%.
  • All programming is checked with deadlines during the exercises.
  • Pass oral/written exam: (+50 points) If you feel you are better, convince me !
  • Summary
    • Attendance = 0 or -100 (Fx)
    • Projects = +50..0
    • Oral/written exam = +50..0
  • Grades
   A = 92-100
   B = 84-91
   C = 76-83
   D = 68-75
   E = 60-67
   Fx = 0-59

Oral Examination

To the oral examination all the above requirements must be SATISFACTORILY completed. Random lecture topic will be selected and presented by a student after written preparation.

Materials to read

  • Mario Botsch, Leif Kobbelt, Mark Pauly, Pierre Alliez, Bruno Levy, "Polygon Mesh Processing" CRC Press
  • Siu-Wing Cheng, Tamal K. Dey, Jonathan Shewchuk, "Delaunay Mesh Generation" CRC Press
  • 3D printer modelling and best models to get the inspiration

Lesson00 "Introduction to Geometry Modelling"

  • Lecture schedule
  • "Terms and conditions" of this lecture
  • Lecture notes: lesson00.pdf

Lesson01 "Polygonal meshes, Winged Edge, Quad Edge, DCEL"

  • 2D manifold
  • Polygonal meshes
  • Winged Edge
  • Quad Edge
  • Double Connected Edge List
  • Lecture notes: lesson01.pdf

Lesson02 "Polygonal Mesh Properties"

  • Normal, curvature, object interior
  • Descriptors
  • Bounded volume
  • Lecture notes: lesson02.pdf

Lesson03 "Polygonal Mesh Simplification"

  • Mesh simplification algorithm
  • Terrain visualisation
  • Progressive meshes
  • Lecture notes: lesson03.pdf

Lesson04 "Polygonal Mesh Smoothing"

  • Polygon and mesh smoothing with subdivision
  • Catmull-Clark subdivision, Modified Butterfly subdivision
  • Mesh Laplacian smoothing
  • Lecture notes: lesson04.pdf

Lesson05 "Polygonal Mesh Repairing"

  • Polygon and mesh smoothing with subdivision
  • Delaunay triangulation
  • Triangulation in 3D
  • Filling holes in meshes
  • Volumetric mesh repair
  • Lecture notes: lesson05.pdf

Lesson06 "Curves"

  • Polynomial curves
  • Spline curves
  • Rational curves
  • Implicit curves
  • Lecture notes: lesson06.pdf

Lesson07 "Surfaces"

  • Polynomial surfaces
  • Spline surfaces
  • Rational surfaces
  • Implicit surfaces
  • Lecture notes: lesson07.pdf

Lesson08 "Volumes"

  • Distance function
  • Voxelization: Mesh voxelization, Implicit surface voxelization
  • Distance transforms
  • Fast marching method
  • Visualization
  • Lecture notes: lesson08.pdf

Lesson09 "Point Clouds"

  • Point cloud sources
  • K-nearest neighbor search on Kd-tree
  • Normal estimation
  • Registration
  • Visualization
  • Lecture notes: lesson09.pdf

Lesson10 "Surface Reconstruction"

  • Implicit reconstruction
  • Power crust mesh reconstruction
  • Parameteric reconstruction
  • Lecture notes: lesson10.pdf

Lesson11 "Procedural Modelling"


Your presence at the seminar is mandatory. Exercise projects are done in Blender with Python language.

Exercise 01 "Blender Scripting”

  • Install [1]
  • Using scripts reference page [2]
  • Example mesh_script.blend
    • to run in new Blender version, change line 31 and 32 to
  • Create tetrahedron [3]

Exercise 02 "Half Edge”

Exercise 03 "Mesh Curvature”

Exercise 04 "UV Mapping”

Exercise 05 "Quadrilateral Mesh Edge Contraction”

Exercise 06 "Triangle Mesh Edge Contraction”

Homework (13.4.)

  • implement the edge contraction algorithm
  • works on the quads and triangles simultaneously
  • is able to extracts n shortest edges

Exercise 07 "Loop subdivision - Triangle”


Exercise 08 "Loop subdivision - Triangular Meshes”


Exercise 09 "Butterfly subdivision - Triangular Meshes”

  • Butterfly subdivision [20]
  • Triangular mesh subdivision and filling the Half-Edge structure loop_subdiv3.blend


Homework (4.5.)

  • implement modifed Butterfly subdivision scheme

Exercise 10 "Polygonising a scalar field”

Homework (4.5.)

  • create iso surface of a sphere, torus and cylinder
  • determine a boolean union and intersection operator on the 3D shapes
  • create an unique shape using all three iso surfaces and both operators