Geo-spatial Information Science

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 210–215 | Cite as

Design and implementation of 3D model database for general-purpose 3D GIS

  • Weiping Xu
  • Qing Zhu
  • Zhiqiang Du
  • Yeting Zhang


To improve the reusability of three-dimensional (3D) models and simplify the complexity of natural scene reconstruction, this paper presents a 3D model database for universal 3D GIS. After the introduction of its extensible function architecture, accompanied by the conclusion of implicit spatial-temporal hierarchy of models in any reconstructed scene of 3D GIS for general purpose, several key issues are discussed in detail, such as the storage and management of 3D models and related retrieval and load method, as well as the interfaces for further on-demand development. Finally, the validity and feasibility of this model database are proved through its application in the development of 3D visualization system of railway operation.


3D model database 3D GIS 3D modeling CAD models 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weiping Xu
    • 1
  • Qing Zhu
    • 1
  • Zhiqiang Du
    • 1
  • Yeting Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying Mapping and Remote SensingWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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