Streaming surface reconstruction using wavelets Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a streaming method for reconstructing surfaces from large data sets generated by a laser range scanner using wavelets. Wavelets provide a localized, multiresolution representation of functions and this makes them ideal candidates for streaming surface reconstruction algorithms. We show how wavelets can be used to reconstruct the indicator function of a shape from a cloud of points with associated normals. Our method proceeds in several steps. We first compute a low-resolution approximation of the indicator function using an octree followed by a second pass that incrementally adds fine resolution details. The indicator function is then smoothed using a modified octree convolution step and contoured to produce the final surface. Due to the local, multiresolution nature of wavelets, our approach results in an algorithm over 10 times faster than previous methods and can process extremely large data sets in the order of several hundred million points in only an hour. 2008 The Author(s) Journal compilation 2008 The Eurographics Association and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Manson, J., Petrova, G., & Schaefer, S.

citation count

  • 72

complete list of authors

  • Manson, J||Petrova, G||Schaefer, S

publication date

  • January 2008