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a.SCatch: Semantic Structure for Architectural Floor Plan Retrieval

  • Markus Weber
  • Christoph Langenhan
  • Thomas Roth-Berghofer
  • Marcus Liwicki
  • Andreas Dengel
  • Frank Petzold
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6176)

Abstract

Architects’ daily routine involves working with drawings. They use either a pen or a computer to sketch out their ideas or to do a drawing to scale. We therefore propose the use of a sketch-based approach when using the floor plan repository for queries. This enables the user of the system to sketch a schematic abstraction of a floor plan and search for floor plans that are structurally similar. We also propose the use of a visual query language, and a semantic structure as put forward by Langenhan. An algorithm extracts the semantic structure sketched by the architect on DFKI’s Touch& Write table and compares the structure of the sketch with that of those from the floor plan repository. The a.SCatch system enables the user to access knowledge from past projects easily. Based on CBR strategies and shape detection technologies, a sketch-based retrieval gives access to a semantic floor plan repository. Furthermore, details of a prototypical application which allows semantic structure to be extracted from image data and put into the repository semi-automatically are provided.

Keywords

semantic building design architecture image understanding case based reasoning graph theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Weber
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christoph Langenhan
    • 3
  • Thomas Roth-Berghofer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marcus Liwicki
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andreas Dengel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Frank Petzold
    • 3
  1. 1.Knowledge Management DepartmentGerman Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbHKaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.Knowledge-Based Systems Group, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of KaiserslauternKaiserslautern
  3. 3.Chair of Architectural Informatics, Faculty of ArchitectureTechnical University of MunichMunichGermany

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