Publication of the collection Emerging topics in 3D GIS

A special issue we organised in Transactions in GIS

The section of the latest issue of Transactions in GIS, titled Emerging topics in 3D GIS, represents a collection of approaches to acquire, analyse, and utilise 3D geospatial and Building Information Modelling (BIM) data.

The special issue has been edited by Filip Biljecki, Rudi Stouffs, and Mohsen Kalantari, and it has been published in the February 2021 issue (vol. 25, issue 1) of the journal.

The issue aims at providing an insight in the latest developments and applications in advanced 3D data and technologies, encompassing topics from 3D city models acquisition and processing to BIM and 3D spatial data analysis. A part of this special issue arises from the 3D GeoInfo 2019 Conference and the 2th BIM/GIS Integration Workshop organised in Singapore. The authors were given an opportunity to extend their research papers published in the proceedings of the event, but this issue was also open to other researchers working on the state of the art of the topics covered by the event.

This special issue consists of an editorial and eleven research papers (see below) that represent the latest emerging topics in 3D GIS and cover a number of important aspects of 3D spatial data science and BIM. Six of these papers are open access .

The guest editors thank all authors and reviewers for their valuable contribution making this special issue possible. We also want to express our gratitude to the editorial team of Transactions in GIS, especially the Editor-in-Chief John P. Wilson and the Editorial Board member Feng Chen-Chieh. The participants and sponsors of 3D Singapore, and the Singapore Land Authority and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, are gratefully acknowledged for their role in the event from which this special issue stems.

List of papers

  1. Editorial by Filip Biljecki, Rudi Stouffs and Mohsen Kalantari. ( PDF)

  2. Area and volume computation of longitude–latitude grids and three‐dimensional meshes, by Kevin Kelly and Bojan Šavrič.

  3. Web‐based real‐time visualization of large‐scale weather radar data using 3D tiles by Mingyue Lu, Xinhao Wang, Xintao Liu, Min Chen, Shuoben Bi, Yadong Zhang and Tengfei Lao.

  4. Looking for a needle in a haystack: Probability density based classification and reconstruction of dormers from 3D point clouds by Youness Dehbi, Sonja Koppers and Lutz Plümer.

  5. Room semantics inference using random forest and relational graph convolutional networks: A case study of research building by Xuke Hu, Hongchao Fan, Alexey Noskov, Zhiyong Wang, Alexander Zipf, Fuqiang Gu and Jianga Shang.

  6. Robust and fast reconstruction of complex roofs with active sampling from 3D point clouds by Youness Dehbi, André Henn, Gerhard Gröger, Viktor Stroh and Lutz Plümer.

  7. Comparison of versioning methods to improve the information flow in the planning and building processes by Helen Eriksson, Jing Sun, Väino Tarandi and Lars Harrie.

  8. Automatic filtering and 2D modeling of airborne laser scanning building point cloud by Fayez Tarsha Kurdi, Mohammad Awrangjeb and Nosheen Munir.

  9. Consistency grammar for 3D indoor model checking by Shayan Nikoohemat, Abdoulaye A. Diakité, Ville Lehtola, Sisi Zlatanova and George Vosselman.

  10. Advances in techniques to formulate the watertight concept for cadastre by Ali Asghari, Mohsen Kalantari and Abbas Rajabifard.

  11. Improving trajectory estimation using 3D city models and kinematic point clouds by Lukas Lucks, Lasse Klingbeil, Lutz Plümer and Youness Dehbi.

  12. A modular graph transformation rule set for IFC‐to‐CityGML conversion by Helga Tauscher, Joie Lim and Rudi Stouffs.