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Automatic Polygonal Mesh Healing[edit]

Existing features:[edit]

Removal of isolated and duplicate vertices in rt_bot_condense() and rt_bot_vertex_fuse() functions in src/librt/primitives/bot/bot.c Removal of dangling edges and and decimation of edges by removing the faces that contain that edge, the edges that those faces contain and changing references of one vertex of the edge to the other all functions in decimate.c in src/librt/primitives/bot Fusing of equivalent faces in rt_bot_face_fuse in src/librt/primitives/bot/bot.c

Changes that could be incorporated in the existing code:[edit]

The current code uses bin sorting to check for duplicate vertices. While it is true that it works in O(n) time on an average, the worst case complexity is O(n²). This might happen when all the vertices have the same x-coordinate. To optimise this, an AVL tree can be used to store the vertices and check if any vertex that is yet to be checked is equivalent to (is within the merge tolerance of) any existing point. This method works in O( n*logn) on an average.

In the existing bot_edge structure, the faces containing it can be added as well. This functionality will be used when we check for singular vertices and while removing redundant elements while checking for overlaps in the mesh. Without this topological information of face adjacencies, if we need to check for adjacent faces, O(n) time will be required. But with it being set, it will be reduced to O(1).

Detailed Description of the Project:[edit]

Features to be added (inclusive of tasks to be done if time permits):

Removal of gaps and T-joints:[edit]

Two approaches will be used - Zippering and Stitching. Both methods will be implemented and which method to use will be decided based on a tolerance for small and large gaps (user inputs). Stitching is used when the gaps are slightly larger - when they are small enough to be gaps but not large enough to be holes.

It is easy to detect boundaries of polygonal chains; they can done through the presence of free edges (there is support for this in the existing bot_edge structure). When there is any vertex/edge close to it within the merge tolerance (and not inside it) - zippering or stitching can be performed based on the tolerance.


Zippering: We identify the the boundary chains of the mesh. For all the boundary vertices, we find the nearest boundary edge that is non-incident to the vertex. If an orthogonal projection of the said vertex on the found edge is possible, the edge is stored as the paired feature. Else, the nearest vertex of the edge is stored. For each of the feature pairs, the distance between them is computed and stored as an error measure. Then, all the feature pairs are sorted according to that error measure and stored in a priority queue. We pop the the feature pair with the least error measure. If the feature is a vertex, vertex contraction is performed. Vertex contraction: If the BoT has mode surf, plate or plate_nocos, we just find the midpoint of the line connecting the vertices and place both the points there. If the mode is volume, we find the midpoint of the line formed by the intersection of the two tangential planes at both the boundaries. This is the vertex that the initial two vertices are moved to. Else if the feature is an edge, edge contraction is performed. This is the case of T-joints. The boundary vertex is projected on to the said feature pair (the edge). The triangle which contains the edge is split at that vertex. And then vertex contraction of the boundary vertex and the projected vertex is done. This method works for all the BoT modes.

Note: It will be taken care not to introduce any singular elements at this stage

Pseudo code:


Vertex V ←POP_MINIMUM (PQUEUE) Feature F ← NEAREST_FEATURE (V) if f is a vertex then




EdgeSet E ← MODIFIED_EDGES for all e ∊ E do

	for all v ∊ {CORRESPONDING_FEATURES (e)} do
	end for

end for

Where, ZIPPER_GAPS (PQUEUE) zippers the pair with the least error distance POP_MINIMUM (PQUEUE) pops the element with minimum error distance from the priority queue PQUEUE. NEAREST_FEATURE (V) gives the nearest feature pair of the vertex V. VERTEX_CONTRACTION (V, F) and VERTEX_EDGE_CONTRACTION (V, F) perform contraction of the the vertex V with its feature pair F. MODIFIED_EDGES () returns the set of all edges that are modified after the contraction routines. CORRESPONDING_FEATURES (e) returns the set of all vertices whose feature pair the edge e (from the modified set) is. MAINTAIN_CORRESPONDENCES (v) updates the feature pair of the vertex v after the modification of the edges. REINSERT (v) reinserts the vertex v into PQUEUE.

Stitching: We have two input polygonal chains that are within the tolerance (for gap stitching). We start with one of any chain and merge them as if they were sorted lists. In each step we have pointers to the current vertex on each of the chains (vertices - u and v) and we advance the pointer on one of the chains according to some advancing rules, say to vertex w. Now we make a triangle uvw, unoriented (if the rest of the mesh is unoriented) or with orientation that is same as the rest of the mesh (CW or CCW). When we reach the last vertex on one chain we advance the pointer only on the other chain. We terminate when we have reached the last vertices on both the chains.

The advancing rule: Whichever triangle has the least perimeter, the pointer is advanced on the chain whose edge is present in the above-mentioned triangle. Formulating this:

This advancing rule has been seen to give the best results.

Pseudo code:

STITCH_GAPS (MESH_A, MESH_B): //MESH_A and MESH_B denote the boundaries of the two meshes to be stitches (essentially a sequence a vertices)

u ← STARTING_VERTEX (MESH_A) v ← STARTING_VERTEX (MESH_B) while both meshes haven’t reached their terminal vertices

	if PERIMETER ( u, u’, v) < PERIMETER ( u, v, v’ ) then
		MAKE_TRIANGLE ( u, u’, v)
		MAKE_TRIANGLE ( u, v, v’ )

while MESH_A has vertices left

	MAKE_TRIANGLE ( u, u’, v)

while MESH_B has vertices left

	MAKE_TRIANGLE ( u, v, v’ )

Where, STARTING_VERTEX (MESH) returns the starting vertex in the sequence of vertices in MESH. NEXT_VERTEX (MESH, a) returns the vertex after a in the sequence MESH PERIMETER ( a, b, c) returns the perimeter of the triangle formed by the three vertices a, b, and c. MAKE_TRIANGLE (a, b, c) adds the triangle formed by the three vertices to the list of faces. ADVANCE_POINTER (MESH, a) updates the current vertex pointer from a to the next vertex in MESH.

Removal of overlaps:[edit]

Clipping one mesh against another and removing small triangles formed if any. Overlaps are detected by checking if there are any vertices/edges close to a boundary vertex within the merge tolerance (and inside the boundary).

Steps involved:

Removal of redundant surfaces of the mesh:

General idea is to eat away at both the mesh boundaries until the two meshes just meet. We repeat the process of redundancy removal until both the meshes in consideration (say, mesh A and mesh B) are unchanged. Redundancy checking done through the nearest_on_mesh(P, d, M) routine, which returns the nearest point on mesh M to the point P within a distance of d, or nothing if no such point exists. This function will be written.

Clipping one mesh against another:

The next step is clipping mesh A against the boundary of mesh B. We introduce new vertices on the boundary of mesh B where edges of the boundary triangles of mesh A intersect it. The set of new vertices added and the existing boundary vertices of mesh B form the final vertices of the mesh boundary between the meshes A and B. The boundary triangles of mesh B are split at the new vertices. Degenerate triangles might be introduced (which will be solved later). The region of the boundary triangles of mesh A inside the boundary of mesh B is discarded (clipped away) and the region outside this boundary is retained. The portion of mesh A that is retained can be triangulated using the stitching routine, that has already been discussed. Any degeneracies introduced will be handled later.

A bag of triangles of created out of the retained portion in mesh A and it can be combined with the rest of the mesh using the rt_bot_merge function in src/librt/primitives/bot/bot.c

Removal of the small triangles introduced during clipping:

This will be done as a part of the degeneracy removal.

Adapting this algorithm to 3 dimensions is easy. What we do is, we thicken the mesh boundary of mesh B. A wall runs around the mesh boundary which is roughly perpendicular to the mesh at all points. The wall is a collection of four triangles at each edge E. To find the intersection, see where the boundary of mesh A intersects the wall. Project this point onto the edge E. The rest of the algorithm is same as what is mentioned above.

Triangulation of large holes:[edit]

Simple and ring holes (complex). A simple hole is a hole of any shape with only one boundary loop. A ring hole contains at least two peripheral loops.

Hole-filling algorithms should possess the following properties: Able to cover an arbitrary hole for any model (robustness) Capable of filling large holes in a reasonable amount of time (efficiency) Enable the patched surface to match the missing geometry well (precision) Procedure for simple holes:

Detecting the hole boundary:

To check if a vertex is a boundary vertex, we check the number of 1-ring vertices and 1-ring edges. If the two numbers are not equal, then it is a boundary vertex. When we get a seed boundary vertex, we trace along the path of the boundary edges. If we get a loop, we’ve identified a hole. In this manner, all holes can be identified.

Using the Advancing front algorithm to create the mesh:

The situations are divided into three cases, based on the minimum angle (say, ɑ) between two adjacent edges of a free element (in a closed loop):

ɑ ≤ 75° - Make a triangle out of the two edges of the free elements.

75° < ɑ ≤ 135° - Make two equilateral triangles out of the two free elements’ edges. The two normal vectors are obtained by averaging the common vertex and the vertex at the other end of the edge in the said triangle. These normals are obtained by averaging the 1-ring vertices of each vertex. The two new nodes that are formed are averaged and merged. Whenever any new node is added, it is checked whether this node is within the tolerance of any other existing node, and if it is, it is merged with that node. If not, no action is performed.

ɑ > 135° - Make two equilateral triangles corresponding to the two free elements’ edges.

Compex/Ring holes: Two approaches can be taken.

(i) Disregard the island patch and treat it as a simple hole, but this approach reduces fidelity. (ii) Keep the island patch and mesh only the missing parts. This could be done by identifying corresponding elements on the inner and the outer loop and finding the shortest bridge between the two but it is a specific case. Another approach could be to use the AFM technique to mesh until the triangles being added just overlap with the existing island meshes. Then we use the technique which was mentioned for overlaps, where we clip the newly added mesh with the existing mesh.

Which method to employ will be decided based on the number of island meshes and the presence of corresponding vertices on the inner and outer loop, after discussions with the mentor.

Removal of degenerate faces (will be completed if time permits):[edit]

User input: Face factor and tolerance edge length.

A triangle is labelled degenerate if it has an angle either too acute (≤ ∊)- needle, or too obtuse( ≥ π - ∊) - cap. Cap and Needle:

Done by element reconstruction algorithm - nodal merging and edge swapping (to improve the overall quality of the mesh). Edge swapping done by changing the connectivity of the common edge between the two connecting triangles. Any element with edge lengths lesser than that will face removal or reconstruction. If the face factor of the element is less than the user input, it will undergo removal by nodal merging. If not, it undergoes edge swapping.

E is the equilateral factor a triangle. A triangle with E = 0 is an equilateral triangle. The maximum value of E is ⅔ ², which is also the most undesirable value. Thus, we put that value as the constant while calculating the shape factor, f.

Manifold connectivity (will be completed if time permits):[edit]

Criteria for manifold surfaces:

Every edge is shared by exactly two faces (absence of singular edges)

Every vertex is surrounded by a single cycle of faces and edges (absence of singular vertices): These could be formed by duplicate vertices reduction (to reduce the amount of space used). So it will be taken care that, vertices condensation will take place before this step.

Singular edges have constituent singular vertices. They are first removed through cutting. Each vertex has a list of faces that reference it. Around a vertex, when one cycle of connected components are found, if the number of faces in that cycle is not equal to the total number of faces that contain the vertex (valency), then it is singular. By going through the face list of singular vertices, the number of connected components can be found. If there are n connected components, make n - 1 copies of the vertex and assign each of the connected components discrete labels of the vertex. This makes the mesh devoid of singular vertices. At this step we have removed all singular vertices and edges, but we would like to stitch together some of the erstwhile singular edges to preserve the geometry. Stitching of edges can take place only when the configuration after stitching does not produce any singular elements. Stitching of two edges can take place when the faces containing the edge have the same normal. This condition is subject to change.

Shells must have consistent orientations

There is support for this in the existing code. We check if each face if oriented according what is mentioned in the rt_bot_internal structure (if it is oriented, that is), and if not we flip the orientation.

Links to the algorithms I intend to use: AVL Tree method for vertex merging - Generating Topological Information from a "Bucket of Facets" - Rock and Wozny, 1992 Zippering algorithm for gap and T - joint closing - Progressive Gap Closing for Mesh Repairing, Borodin et. al, 2002, Stitching and Filling: Creating Conformal Faceted Geometry, Patel et. al, Stitching algorithm for gap and T - joint closing - Filling gaps in the boundary of a Polyhedron, Barequet and Sharir Removal of overlaps - Zippered polygon meshes from range images, Turk and Levoy Triangulation of holes - A robust hole-filling algorithm for triangular mesh, Zhao et. al Removal of degeneracies - Automatic mesh-healing technique for model repair and finite element model generation, Chong, Senthil Kumar, Lee Deliverables: Patch containing functions for removal of gaps and T-joints. Patch containing functions for removal of overlaps. Patch containing functions for triangulation and correcting of holes. Patch containing functions to identify all the defects and set the right callbacks Development Schedule:

Community Bonding Period: The exact layout of where in the codebase to include all the functionalities will be discussed with the mentor and decided. Certain situation have ambiguities as to which approach to take; this will also be clarified. Other than that, suggestions for improvements on proposed methods will also be taken from the mentors.

Week 1 (May 23rd to May 29th): Changes in the existing code (vertex merging using AVL trees and setting face adjacencies in the bot_edge structure)

Week 2 (May 30th to June 5th): Testing changes made in the existing code

Week 3 (June 6th to June 12th): Gaps and T-joints - Zippering

Week 4 (June 13th to June 19th): Gaps and T-joints - Stitching

Week 5 (June 20th to June 26th): Gaps and T-joints - Testing

Week 6 (June 27th to July 3rd): Overlaps fixing

Week 7 (July 4th to July 10th): Overlaps - testing

Week 8 (July 11th to July 17th): Hole - filling using AFM

Week 9 (July 18th to July 24th): Hole - filling testing

Week 10, 11 (July 25th to August 7th): Detection of all errors in meshes and setting the appropriate callbacks to existing features and added features.

Week 12, 13 (August 8th to August 23rd): Buffer period. Code cleanup and final testing of all functionalities. Documentation.

If time permits:

Manifold connectivity checking of the meshes. Degeneracy removal Make a command ‘heal’ with parameters - small gap tolerance, large gap tolerance, minimum edge length allowed, face factor. And provision could also be made to skip any particular step in the mesh healing process.

These parts are less essential to mesh healing than fixing gaps, holes, etc. are. Thus, if I end up going ahead of the schedule, these tasks will be done. If not, they will be done after the GSoC coding period ends.