From Point Clouds to Definitions of Architectural Space

Martin Tamke, Ina Blümel, Sebastian Ochmann, Richard Vock, and Raoul Wessel
In proceedings of Fusion - 32nd International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, Northumbria University, pages 557-566, Northumbria University, Sept. 2014
 

Abstract

Regarding interior building topology as an important aspect in building design and management, several approaches to indoor point cloud structuring have been introduced recently. Apart from a high-level semantic segmentation of the formerly unstructured point clouds into stories and rooms, these methods additionally allow the extraction of attributed graphs in which nodes represent rooms (including room properties like area or height), and edges represent connections between rooms (doors or staircases) or indicate neighborhood relationships (separation by walls). In this paper, we investigate possible applications of these approaches in architectural design and building management and comment on the possible benefits for the building profession. While contemporary practice of spatial arrangement is predominantly based on the manual iteration of spatial topologies, we show that the segmentation of buildings in spaces along with the untraditional more abstract graph-based representations can be used for design, management and navigation within building structures.

Full paper at CUMINCAD: From Point Clouds to Definitions of Architectural Space

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@INPROCEEDINGS{tamke-2014-from,
        author = {Tamke, Martin and Bl{\"u}mel, Ina and Ochmann, Sebastian and Vock, Richard and Wessel, Raoul},
         pages = {557--566},
         title = {From Point Clouds to Definitions of Architectural Space},
     booktitle = {Fusion - 32nd International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural
                  Design in Europe},
        series = {eCAADe: Conferences},
        volume = {2},
          year = {2014},
         month = sep,
     publisher = {Northumbria University},
  organization = {Northumbria University},
       address = {Newcastle upon Tyne, UK},
  howpublished = {To appear in Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference},
      abstract = {Regarding interior building topology as an important aspect in building design and management,
                  several approaches to indoor point cloud structuring have been introduced recently. Apart from a
                  high-level semantic segmentation of the
                  formerly unstructured point clouds into stories and rooms, these methods additionally allow the
                  extraction of attributed graphs in which nodes represent rooms (including room properties like area
                  or height), and edges represent connections between rooms (doors or staircases) or indicate
                  neighborhood relationships (separation by walls). In this paper, we investigate possible
                  applications of these approaches in architectural design and building
                  management and comment on the possible benefits for the building profession. While contemporary
                  practice of spatial arrangement is predominantly based on the manual iteration of spatial
                  topologies, we show that the segmentation of buildings in spaces along with the untraditional more
                  abstract graph-based representations can be used for design, management and navigation within
                  building structures.}
}