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Member Since 20 Sep 2012
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Binary Triangle Trees and Terrain

17 October 2012 - 08:01 PM


Hey there GameDevs,

I'm having trouble grasping a few concepts about using binary triangle trees for representing terrain data. Lets say I'm working with a 17x17 square grid of vertices and i have a class as follows:

public class Terrain {
private int maxWidth;
private int numVertices;
private float[][] heightmap;
public Terrain(int gridWidth) { // 16 assuming each grid cell's length and width = 1;
this.maxWidth = gridWidth + 1; // 17
this.numVertices = this.maxWidth * this.maxWidth; // 289
this.heightmap = new float[this.maxWidth][this.maxWidth]; // 17x17
for(int x = 0; x < this.maxWidth; x++) {
for(int z = 0; z < this.maxWidth; z++) {
this.heightmap[x][z] = 0; // Zero out height data;

Bounds of terrain:
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The vertices would be contained in a vertex buffer from 0 - 289; Each 1x1 cell contains 2 triangles and total of 4 vertices / 6 indices.

So what I am not grasping is how to represent this data using a BTT. The way I understand a BTT is


Now I'm assuming the data variable in each tree would be an index buffer of the 3 indices for the triangle. This biggest thing i struggle with is how do I keep track of the left, right, and bottom neighbor of each triangle without being able to pass data by reference. Please let me know if you need anymore information from me, this is all i can think up right now.

LWJGL Terrain, the quadtree, and LoD

20 September 2012 - 07:13 PM

Alright guys I'm stumped. I've got a basic heightmap based terrain mesh currently made out of triangle strips. I want to implement level of detail with the diamond-square algorithm and I've found a few decent papers on the theory but none with actual code, or at least none with java code that I can clearly understand. Most papers i've read said that you can implement LoD with the use of the quadtree, and i know how to make a basic quadtree but i'm not sure how to implement a quadtree with terrain data. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I implemented my terrain class based off the tutorials from videotutorialsrock. I can post my code upon request.