Delaunay meshing of isosurfaces

Tamal K. Dey, Joshua A. Levine

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We present an isosurface meshing algorithm, DelIso, based on the Delaunay refinement paradigm. This paradigm has been successfully applied to mesh a variety of domains with guarantees for topology, geometry, mesh gradedness, and triangle shape. A restricted Delaunay triangulation, dual of the intersection between the surface and the three-dimensional Voronoi diagram, is often the main ingredient in Delaunay refinement. Computing and storing three-dimensional Voronoi/Delaunay diagrams become bottlenecks for Delaunay refinement techniques since isosurface computations generally have large input datasets and output meshes. A highlight of our algorithm is that we find a simple way to recover the restricted Delaunay triangulation of the surface without computing the full 3D structure. We employ techniques for efficient ray tracing of isosurfaces to generate surface sample points, and demonstrate the effectiveness of our implementation using a variety of volume datasets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-422
Number of pages12
JournalVisual Computer
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Delaunay refinement
  • Isosurfaces
  • Mesh generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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