A survey of visibility for walkthrough applications

Daniel Cohen-Or, Yiorgos L. Chrysanthou, Cláudio T. Silva, Frédo Durand

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Visibility algorithms for walkthrough and related applications have grown into a significant area, spurred by the growth in the complexity of models and the need for highly interactive ways of navigating them. In this survey, we review the fundamental issues in visibility and conduct an overview of the visibility culling techniques developed in the last decade. The taxonomy we use distinguishes between point-based and from-region methods. Point-based methods are further subdivided into object and image-precision techniques, while from-region approaches can take advantage of the cell-and-portal structure of architectural environments or handle generic scenes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)412-431
Number of pages20
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003


  • Interactive rendering
  • Occlusion culling
  • Visibility computations
  • Walkthrough systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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