Advancing visibility modelling algorithms for urban environments

Phil Bartie, Femke Reitsma, Simon Kingham, Steven Mills

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This paper presents a number of methods for calculating the visibility of landmark features in the urban context. While current visibility modelling techniques establish which regions may be viewed from a location, it is sometimes necessary to quantify how much of a designated feature is visible from its surroundings. This is particularly relevant in the field of Location Based Services, where information is currently filtered using proximity and syntax matching, but could include more advanced egocentric and contextual filtering capabilities if feature visibility modelling was available. This research presents a method to establish the visible extents of landmarks in an urban environment, through the development of a number of visual metrics. These metrics are tested in both synthetic and real world trials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-531
Number of pages14
JournalComputers, Environment and Urban Systems
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • Visibility
  • Location Based Services
  • Pedestrian urban exploration
  • Landmarks


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