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Computer graphics may be defined as the process of creation, storage and
manipulation of drawings and pictures with the aid of a computer. It is an extremely
effective medium for communication between users and computers.
There are two types of computer graphics.
1. Passive computer graphics.
2. Interactive computer graphics.
v In passive computer graphics, the user has no control over the images occurred
in display device. Just we can watch the graphic images.
v In interactive computer graphics (ICG), the user may interact with the graphics
and with the program generating them. The user can create, edit, and modify
the images according to his needs. The images created by using computer can
be modified, enlarged, reduced in size, moved to another location on the
screen, rotated and transformed. The concept of interactive computer graphics
is shown in fig. 1.1.

The user can communicate the data with computer through a keyboard and computer
can communicate with user through CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) i.e., monitor of
The following are the functions of the IGC.
(i) Modeling:
It is the process of creating an object in computer by using basic primitives like
points, lines, arc, circle, edges, areas, surfaces and volumes.

Fig. 1.1. Concepts of IGC

(ii) Storage:
It means that he process of storing the created data i.e., model in the memory of the
(iii) Manipulation:
It is used in the construction of model from basic primitives in combination with
Boolean algebra.
(iv) Viewing:
It means that the looking of the model in various angles, zooming, orthographic and
isometric views.
v The various primitives used in a typical CAD package are point, line, circle,
ellipse, parabola, hyperbola, arc, polygon, rectangle, and spline.
v Primitives can be described mathematically by non-parametric or parametric
equations. Parametric representation of primitives contains many advantages
over non-parametric representation.
Creation of various such primitives are explained below.
Creation of a point:
v In parametric form, each point on a curve is expressed as a function of a
parameter u. The parameter acts as a local co-ordinate for points on the curve.
v A point is represented in two dimensions by its X and Y co-ordinates (i.e.,
Cartesian co-ordinate system). It is expressed as

Creation of straight lines:

v Straight line form the basis for the display of all types of shapes in computer
graphics. Suppose a straight line is to be drawn from point P (x1, yl) to point P
(x2, Y2).
v For drawing continuous line, the computer must be able to pick up a number
of other pixels that should be illuminated in addition to the two end pixels.
v A popular method uses an algorithm known as the “Symmetric digital
differential analyzer” (DDA). The DDA generates lines from their differential
equations. In DDA the equation of a line is expressed as a pair parametric
v For a like segment joining two points P1 & P2 a parametric representation is

Since P(u) is a position vector, each of the components of P(u) has a parametric
representation x(u) and y(u) between P1 and P2 Therefore,
v Where the parameter u varies from 0 to1. If u is incremented by, say 0.2, then
the DDA will generate 4 points in between the two ends of the line.
v A pixel however can have only integer co-ordinates. Therefore, hardware is
unusually provided that converts each fractional co-ordinate into the nearest
integer. Thus 9.7 is rounded up to 10, and 9.2 is rounded down to 9.
v Once the address of all the pixels is determined these are stored in a frame
v The display driver reads the array of addresses and illuminates the
corresponding pixels. In order to look a line continuous manner, it is necessary
to increment the parameter u according to the resolution of the display device.
If too large increment is selected, the line may appear to be discontinuous.

Fig. 1.2. Parametric representing of a straight line

Problem 1: Explain DDA algorithm for drawing a straight line connecting two points
(4,9) and (18,15).
Creation of a Circle:
v Circle is another important entity in computer graphics. An origin centred
circle of radius r can be parametrically represented by

v Where e is the parameter which varies from 0 to 2pi. Although equal

increment in 0 value produced excellent visual output as in case of St.line, it
required repeated calculation of Fig. 1.3. Parametric representation of a
trigonometric functions. This process is tedious.

Fig.1.3 Parametric representation origin centred circle.

v Another method of generation of a circle is to represent it as a polygon
inscribed within the desired circle. Hence the fixed numbers of uniformly
spaced points on the circumference are calculated. The parameter & increment
between points is a constant.
v The Cartesian co-ordinates of any point on an origin-centred circle are then
Fig.1.4 Parametric representation non-origin centred circle.


The various display control facilities in graphics are
(i) Vector generation,
(ii) Windowing and viewing transformation
(iii) Clipping transformation
(iv) Reflection transformation
(v) Zooming
(vi) Panning
(vii) Transmitting information on a network and
(viii) Graphics libraries.
(i) Vector generation:
v The aim of a vector display of a curve is to use sufficient display lines for the
curve to appear smooth.
v The number needed is controlled by the display tolerance, which is the
maximum derivation of the vector representation from the true curve shape as
shown in fig. 1.5.
v In practice, lines are drawn between points on the normal curve shape, and
therefore the permissible deviation is inside the curve.
Fig 1.5. Display tolerence

(ii) The windowing and viewing transformation:

v Sometimes it is necessary to view only a portion of the drawing in the full
screen if the drawing is very large and too crowded in the screen.
v Different part of the drawing can thus be selected for viewing by placing the
v The window is an imaginary rectangular frame or boundary through which the
user looks onto the model. Portions inside the window can be enlarged,
reduced or edited depending upon the requirements.
v The viewpoint is the area on the screen in which the contents of the window
are to be displayed as an image. Fig. 1.6. shows a window and a view port.

Fig 1.6. Window and viewport

(iii) Clipping transformation:
v Clipping is the process of determining the visible portion of a drawing lying
within a window and discarding the rest.
v In clipping each graphic element of the display is examined whether or not it
is completely inside the window, completely outside the window or crosses a
window boundary. Portions outside the boundary are not drawn. If the element
of a drawing crosses the boundary, the point of intersection is determined and
only portions which lie inside are drawn.
v Many algorithms have been developed for clipping various graphical
elements. A famous algorithm is developed by Dan Cohen and Ivan
Fig 1.7. Clipping transformation
(iv) Reflection transformation:
Reflection or mirror transformation is useful in constructing symmetric models.
It allows a copy of the object to be displayed while the object is reflected about a line
or a plane. Fig.1.8 shows typical examples, where

Fig.1.8 Reflection
(v) Zooming:
v Zooming transformation is useful for getting magnified view or enlarged view
of particular part of the drawing.
v Zooming = Scaling + translation + Clipping

Fig.1.9 Zooming
(iv) Panning:
The panning transformation is used to move the screen across the work page. i.e. it is
used to shift a drawing across the screen as if it were moving window.
(vii) Transmitting information on a network:
It is used to transfer the data from one device to another. For this purpose the data
must be encoded using a protocol. Protocol is a set of rules that control the exchange
of data between the communicating devices.
(viii) Graphics libraries:
These graphic libraries are used to avoid unnecessary repeated programs when
programming the operation described above.


v The 3D transformation process is generally more complex than the 2D
v The display devices are only 2D, therefore, it makes 3D viewing process as a
complex one. The following are some of the visualization aid for the CAD
system user to interpret static 2D projections of 3D objects.
(i) Perspective transformation.
(ii) Brightness modulation
(iii) Hidden line removal
(iv) Hidden surface removal
(v) Shading
(vi) Movement

(i) Perspective projection:

v Perspective projection is often used for pictorial projection of large objects.
This enhances the realism of displayed image by providing the viewer with a
sense of depth.
v Perspective projection is used to represent an object that is so large. In
perspective projection the projections converge to the eye. Therefore it may be
generated by first transforming points to the eye co-ordinate system using a
parallel viewing transformation.
v The projecting each point onto the plane of the display screen by a projector
passing through the eye co-ordinate system origin. Projected points may then
be connected with lines to generate a vector display.
(ii) Brightness modulation:
v Generally parts of the picture near to the observer are bright while those far
away are dim. During construction of drawing, the maximum and minimum z
co-ordinates are noted.
v The z region is the divided into n number of regions. There are n numbers of
visible brightness levels available in the display system.
v The picture is displayed with the appropriate intensity of brightness along z-
(iii) Hidden line removal:
(iv) Hidden surface removal:
v It is also called visible surface determination.
v It is more generally an image space process. In this process, an image of an
object is generated at a particular resolution by manipulating pixels on a raster
display, exploding the ability of raster devices to display shaded areas.
v A wide variety of algorithms exists. They include the z-buffer algorithm,
Watkin’ s algorithm, Wamock’ s algorithm and Painter’ s algorithm.
(v) Shading:
v This technique is used to display the images in a natural way. It is based on the
recognition of distance and shape as a function of illumination.
v The surface of the solid model is divided into patches. In regions of large
curvature, the patches are reduced in size.
v Then each patch is tested for visibility and the required degree of shading. The
hidden lines must be removed before shading.
(vi) Movement:
v This leads to better recognition of displayed objects. When an object rotated or
translated, ambiguities that arise due to the superposition of points are
eliminated and clear picture are revealed.
4.1 Transformation:
v During modeling of an object, many times it becomes necessary to transform
the geometry.
v The transformation actually converts the geometry from one co-ordinate
system to the other.
v The main types of 2D transformation which are often come across are as
• Translation
• Scaling
• Reflection
• Rotation
• Shearing
(i) Translation:
v It is one of the most important and easily understood transformations
in CAD.
v Translation is the movement of an object from one position to another.
This is accomplished by adding to the co ordinates of each corner point
the distance through which the drawing is to be moved.
v Fig. 1.10. shows a square object in fig. (a) being moved to a new
position fig. (b). Let us now consider a point on the object, represented
by P which is translated along X and Y-axes by added dX and dY to a
new position P’ .
v The new co-ordinate after transformation is given by the following

Fig.1.10 Translation

(ii) Scaling:
v Scaling is the transformation applied to change the scale of an entity.
v This is done by increasing the distance between the points of the drawing.
That means, this can be done by multiplying the co-ordinates of the drawing
by an enlargement or reduction factor called scaling factor.
v The size of the entity altered by the application of scaling factor is shown in
fig. 1.11.

Fig.1.11 Scaling

Fig.1.12 Scaling a triangle

(iv) Rotation:
v Rotation is another important geometric transformation. Here the drawing is
rotated about a pivot point.
v The final position and orientation of geometry is decided by the angle of
rotation and the base point about which the rotation is to be done.
v Fig. 1.13. shows a rotation transformation of an object about origin 0. To
develop the transformation matrix, consider a point P as the object in XY
plane, being rotated in anticlockwise direction to the new position P’ by an
angle 0.
v The new position P’ is given by
Fig 1.13 Rotation

Fig 1.14 X shear Fig.1.15 Y shear

4.2 Concatenation or Combination Transformation:
v Many times it becomes necessary to combine the aforementioned
transformations in order to achieve the required results.
v In such cases the combined transformation matrix can be obtained by
multiplying the respective transformation matrices. Sequence of
transformations can be combined into a single transformation using the
concatenation process.
v For example, a line AB shown in fig. 1.16 is to be rotated through 45° in
clockwise direction about point A.
v This process can be achieved by the following three process.
(i) Inverse translation of AB to A1B1
(ii) A is then rotated through an angle of 45° to A2B2
(iii) The line A2B2 is then translated to A3B3
The respective transformation matrices are

Fig1.16 Concatenation Process

4.3 Homogeneous Representation:
v In previous cases, except translation, can be represented as a row vector X, Y
and a 2x2 matrix.
v For uniform representation of all transformations, these can be represented as
a product of a 1 x3 row vector and an appropriate 3 x3 matrix.
v The conversion of a 2D co-ordinate pair (X, Y) into a 3D vector can be
achieved by representing point a [ X,Y, 1]. After multiplying this vector by a 3
x3 matrix another homogeneous row vector is obtained [ X,Y, 1].
v This three dimensional representation of a two dimensional plane is called
homogeneous representation and the transformation using the homogeneous
representation is called homogeneous transformation.
v The matrix representation of four basic transformations is given below.
4.4 Three Dimensional (3d) Transformations:
It is often necessary to display objects in 3D on the graphics screen. The 2D
transformations as explained in earlier sections can be extended into 3D by adding the
Z-axis parameter. The transformation matrix will now be 4x4. This section deals with
the simple cases of 3D transformations.


Cohen sutherlan clipping algorithm:
v In this method all the lines are classified to see if they are in, out or partially
inside the window by doing an edge test.
v The four digits binary code is used to identity the end points of the line with
reference to the window.
v The code is known as TBRL.
v The code is identified as follows.
If the point is above top of window T = 1 otherwise T= 0
If the point is above below of window B = 1 otherwise B = 0
If the point is above right of window R = 1 otherwise R = 0
If the point is above left of window L = 1 otherwise L = 0
Where, T= Top, B = Bottom, R = Right and L = Left.
For example consider the object shown in fig. 1.17 within the window. The full 4 digit
codes of the line end points with reference to the window are shown in fig. 1.17.
v After assigned the 4digit code, the system first examine whether the line is
fully in or out of the window by the following conditions.
v The line is inside the window if both the end points are equal to “0000”.
v The line is outside the window if both the end points are not equal to “0000”.
v For those lines which are partly inside the window, they are split at the
window edge and discard the line segment outside the window.
v Since the early development of computer graphics, there is always a demand
for clear and more realistic images by removing the hidden lines and surfaces.
v The determination of hidden edges and surfaces is considered one of the most
challenging problems in computer graphics.
v The development of hidden line removal algorithm is influenced by the types
of graphic display devices they support and by the type of data structure they
operate on.
v The hidden line elimination can be stated as, “For a given three dimensional
scene, a given viewing point and a given direction, eliminate from an
appropriate two dimensional projection of the edges and faces which the
observer can not see”.

Fig.1.18 Algorithm for hidden line elimination

v The generic steps that can implement for a hidden line elimination process is
shown in fig.1.18
v Three-dimensional data is a set of three-dimensional objects. Each object is
defined by its geometry and topology.
Example: Solid model of objects. These models have to be modified to be able to
identify faces and the order of their edges.
v The second step is to apply proper geometric transformations to the 3D data to
obtain the two dimensional image data. At this stage, the image contains all
visible and invisible edges.
v Sorting is an operation that orders a given set of records according to the
selected criterion. Various sorting techniques are available.
v The visibility technique normally checks for overlapping of pairs of polygons
in the viewing plane. If overlapping occurs, depth comparisons are used to
determine if part or all of one polygon is hidden by another. The following
techniques are available.
Ø Minimax test
Ø Containment test
Ø Surface test
Ø Edge intersections
Ø Segment comparisons
Ø Homogeneity test

The surface test to eliminate the back faces is usually sufficient to solve hidden line if
the image has no holes.
Otherwise, a combination of techniques is required. In order to apply the visibility
technique to the image data, the sorting of this data is required.

Fig 1.19. Hidden line elimination

v With the completions of the sorting according to the visibility criteria set by
the visibility techniques, the hidden edges have been identified and removed
from the image data. The final step in this algorithm is to display the final
v Fig. 1.19 shows an object with hidden lines and shows the same object after
elimination of hidden lines.
The wide varieties of hidden line elimination algorithms exist.
These algorithm are based on one of the following three approaches
(i) Edge-oriented approach
(ii) Silhouette (contour) originated approach or
(iii) Area-Oriented approach.
If the point is above top of window T= 1 otherwise T= 0
The various algorithms that utilize one or more of visibility techniques and follow one
of the three approaches are as follows:
(i) Priority algorithm
(ii) Plane-sweep paradigm
(iii) Algorithm for scenes of high complexities
(iv) Algorithms for finite element models of planar elements.
(v) Area-oriented algorithms.
(vi) Overlay algorithm for surfaces defined by u-v grids.
(vii) Algorithm for projected grid surfaces.
v Three dimensional curves play an important role in the engineering, design
and manufacture of a diverse range of products,
v Example, automobiles, ship hulls, aircraft fuselages and wings, propeller
blades, shoes etc. they also play an important role in the description and
interpretation of physical phenomena,
v Example in geology, physics and medical science. These products and science
requires free form, or synthetic curves and surfaces. The need of synthetic
curves in design arises on the following occasions.
(i) When a curve is represented by a collection of measured data points and
(ii) When an existing curve must change to meet new design requirements.
v In the second case, the designer would need a curve representation that is
directly related to the data points and is flexible enough to bend, twist or
change the curve shape by changing one or more data points.
v The synthetic or free form curves are required to pass through given data
points. Therefore polynomials are the typical form of these curves.
v Various continuity requirements can be specified at the data points to impose
various degrees of smoothness of the resulting curve.
v The order of continuity becomes important when a complex curve is modeled
by joining several curve segments. Zero order continuity (C° ) yields a position
continuous curve.
v First (C and second (C order continuities imply slope and curvature
continuous curves respectively.
Two approaches are available for modeling of synthetic curves
(i) Interpolation
(ii) Approximation.
v The interpolation essentially tries to pass a curve on a surface called
interpolent through all these points.
v Approximation tries to fit a smoother curve on surface which may be close to
thee points but may not actually pass through each of them.
v One of the popular methods of interpolation is to use Lagrangian polynomial
which is the unique polynomial of degree n passing through n+l points. But it
is unsuitable in modeling of curves because they tend to oscillate about control
points, are computationally inconvenient, and are uneconomical of storing
curve in the computer.
v A cubic polynomial is the minimum-order polynomial that can guarantee the
generation of these curves. In addition, the cubic polynomial is the lowest-
degree polynomial that permits inflection within a curve segment and that
allows representation of nonlinear three-dimensional curves in space.
v The various forms of synthetic curves are explained in detail in the following
6.1 Cubic Spline:
v Splines are functions that are used for fitting a curve through a number of data
v In general, the mathematical spline is a piecewise polynomial of degree K
with continuity of derivates of order K-1 at the common joints between
v The cubic spline has second order or C continuity at the joints. The cubic
spline curve connects two data points and utilizes a cubic equation.
v Therefore, four conditions are required to determine the coefficients of the
v The equation for a single parametric cubic spline segment is given by
v Equation (3) is for a single cubic spline segment which passes through the end
points u = 0 and u = 1. It also shows that the curve’ s shape can be controlled
by changing its end points or its tangent vectors.
v The equation (3) can be generalized for any two adjacent spline segments of a
spline curve that are to fit a given number of data points.
6.2 Bezier Curves:
v Curves developed by this techniques pass through the number of given points.
v There is an another alternative for creating the free-form curves which utilizes
approximation technique.
v Curves resulting from approximation techniques do not pass through the given
data points. Instead, these points are used to control the shape of the resulting
v In the most of the cases approximation techniques are preferred over
interpolant techniques curve design due to added flexibility and additional
intuitive feed provided by this technique, Bezier and B-spline curves are
examples for approximation technique.
v Bezier curves, developed by P.Bezier of the French can company “Regrault”
and used them in his software system called UNISURE to define the surface
panel or outer panels of the cars.

Fig 1.20. Bezier curve

v Bezier used a control polygon for curves, in place of points and tangent
vectors as in case of cubic splines.
v The Bezier curve is defined in terms of the locations of n+l points. These
points are called control points. They form vertices of control polygon which
uniquely defines the curves shape.
v Fig.1.20. shows a Bezier curve which has tour control points. Only first and
last control points or vertices of the polygon actually lie on the curve.
v The other two vertices define the order derivates and shape of the curve. The
curve is always tangent to first and last polygon segments.
v Several four point Bazier polygon and the resulting cubic curves are shown in
fig. 1.21.
Fig 1.21. Cubic bezier curve

6.21 Characteristics of the Bezier curves:

1. The curve interpolates the first and last control points. i.e. it passes through B and B
if we substitute u = 0 and 1 in equation (7).
2. The curve is tangent to the first and last segments of the characteristic polygon.
3. The curve is symmetric with respect to u and (1—u ). Therefore, the sequence of
control points defining the curve can be reversed without change of the curve shape.
4. Each control point is weighted by its blending function for each u value.
5. The curve shape can be modified by either changing one or more vertices of its
polygon or by keeping the polygon fixed and specifying multiple coincident points at
a vertex.
6. A closed Bezier curve can simply be generated by closing its characteristic polygon
or choosing B0 and Bn to be coincident.
6.3 B-spline curve:
The Bezier curve developed on the basis of Bernstein basis has the following
1. The number of specified polygon vertices fixes the order of the resulting
polynomial which defines the curve. The only way to reduce the degree of the curve is
to reduce the number of vertices and vice versa.
2. A change in one vertex is felt throughout the entire curve because of the global
nature of the Berntein basis. This means that the value of blending function is nonzero
for all parameter values over the entire curve.
v B-Spline curves provide another effective method of generating curves
defined by polygons.
v In fact B-spline (Basis spline) curves are the proper and powerful generation
of Bezier curves. B spline contains the Bernstein basis as a special case. B-
spline basis is generally non global.
v The non global behaviour of B-spline curves is due to the fact that each vertex
B is associated with a unique basis function.
v The B-spline basis allows the order of the basis function and hence the degree
of the resulting curve to be changed without changing the number of defining
polygon vertices.
v B-spline curves have the ability to interpolate or approximate a set of given
data points.
v Let P(u) be the position vectors along the curve as a function of the parameter
u then a B Spline curve is given by

Where the B, are the position vectors of the n+l defining polygon vertices and the N
are the normalized B-spline basis functions.
6.3 Characteristics of the B-spline curves:
1. The local control of the curve can be achieved by changing the position of a control
point or using multiple control points by placing several points at the same location.

Fig 1.22. Local control of B-spline curve

2. The B-spline curves do not pass through the first and last control points except
when linear blending functions are used.
3. A non-periodic B-spline curve pass through the first and last control points and is
tangent to the first and last segments of the control polygon.
4. A second-degree curve (k = 3) is always tangent to the midpoints of all the internal
polygon segments as shown in fig. 1.23

Fig 1.23. Effect of degree of B-spline curve on its slope

5. If K equals the number of control points (n+l), then the resulting B-spline curve
becomes a Bezier curve as shown in fig.1.24.

Fig 1.24. Identical B-spline and Bezier curve

6. Multiple control points induce regions of high curvature of a B-spline curve. Fig.
1.25 shows this property of the curve.
Fig 1.25. Multiple control point B-spline curve

6.4 Rational Curves:

v Rational curves were first introduced in to the computer graphics by coons.
v Rational curve is defined by the algebric ratio of two polynomials while a non-
rational curve is defined by one polynomial. Rational Bezier curves; rational
B-spline and 3-sp1ine curves, rational conic sections and rational cubics have
been formulated.
v The most widely used rational curves are non-uniform rational B-splines
(NT.JRBS). NURBS is capable of representing in a single form non-rational B
splines and Bezier curves as well as linear and quadratic analytic curves.
v Rational B-splines provide a single precise mathematical form capable of
representing the common analytical shapes like lines, planes, conic curves
including circles, free form curves, quadric and sculptured surfaces etc.
v Data is a collection of numerical values, names, alphanumeric characters,
codes, instructions etc.
v The data are stored in the computer memory in the form of binary digits i.e. 0
and 1.
v Database can be defined as a collection of data in a single location designed to
be used by different programmers for a variety of applications.
v The term database denotes a common base of data collection designed to be
used by different programmers.
v More specifically, it is a collection of logically related data stored together in a
set of files intended to serve on or more applications in an optimal fashion.
v The amount of information in a database can vary from a handful to billions of
v A database must have a predetermined structure and organization suitable for
access, interpretation or processing either manually or automatically.
Data structure:
v Data structure is defined as a set of data items or elements that are related to
each other by a set of relations.
v It is a diagrammatic representation of the database.
v From CAD point of view, a data structure is a scheme, logic or a sequence of
steps developed to achieve a certain graphics.
v The data structures are used in the interactive modeling purpose in the
following way:
1. It allows interactive manipulation such as addition, modification and deletion of
2. It supports multiple types of data element like geometric, textual, dimensions,
labels, tool paths, finite elements and so on.
3. It allows the property such as pen number, line style, colour and so on to be
associated with geometric elements.
4. It provides facilities for the retrieval of parts of the data structural released by
deletion or other modifications.
5. It should be compact to minimize disc storage and main memory requirements.
6. It allows models of various sizes and comprising various combinations of entities,
to be defined.
7. It provides as efficient an access to the data as possible.
The Advantage of having centralised control of database is as follows:
1. Eliminate redundancy.
2. Enforce standards that mean with central control of the database, both national and
international standards are followed. Standards are most important for data
interchange between systems.
3. Access to sensitive data and projects can be checked and controlled by assigning
each used the proper access code to various parts of the database.
4. Maintain integrity which ensures its accuracy. Integrity proceeds consistency.
5. Balance conflicting requirements.
Database Management System (DBMS):
DBMS is defined as the software that allows access to use or modify data stored in a
database. It consists of a collection of interrelated data and a set of programs to access
that data. It acts as a intermediate source between database and the user of this
database as shown in fig. 1.26.

Fig. 1.26. DBMS

The database management involves in the following activities:
Organize a database
v Add new data to the database
v Sort the data in some meaningful order
v Search the database for types of information
v Print the data into formatted reports
v Edit the data and delete the data
Model Storage:
v There are many ways in which the models called be stored.
v Data structure is used to store the model in the CAD system.
v Data structures are one in which the model creation and manipulation
algorithms act.
Simple Data Structure:

Fig 1.27. Entity table and entity data tables

v A simple data structure consists of a list or table of entities with cross
references (or pointers) from this list to separate arrays of floating point,
integer and other data specific to the entities.
v This is shown in fig. 1.27 In this figure we can see an entity table, a real data
table for floating point data and an integer data table.
v In the entity table, a series of slots are present. Each of these slots containing a
number of elements of the array used for the table, are assigned one per entity.
v It also contains pointers to connect the data with other data in the table. These
are used to in such a way that data may be arbitrarily added, deleted and
moved in the list.
General entity data table:
v As already explained, the entity table has a series of slots, one for each entity.
v These slots containing general data applicable to most entities.
v In many places, the term ‘ data’ and ‘ information’ are often used
interchangeably because their meanings are so closely related for most
practical purposes.
v If we define these two terms more precisely, ‘data’ usually means raw,
unevaluated facts and figures and ‘ information’ refers to data that have been
evaluated and recognized in more meaningful way.
v The data are raw facts, may or may not be information but from which
information is created. Information is data which provides meaning and
relevance to some problem.
v The information is useful for decision-making. Without information the
system cannot survive.
v Information flows are very much essential for any system as blood flow in
human body. It applies to large system as well as small ones.
v Fig. 1.28 shows information flow in a manufacturing company for different
departments along with functional area.
v This figure shows that the common information flow can be functionally
divided into two types.
(i) Geometry oriented data flow.
(ii) Management or administration oriented dataflow.
The control parameter for both data flows is exchanged between functional
components of the company as shown in fig1.28. by dashed lines.

Fig. 1.28. Data flow in a manufacturing company

v Data processing should consist of a set of procedures (i.e. recording,
classification and storing, storage and retrieval, summarization and analysis)
used to process data to produce information for managers.
v For understanding of management information system, a careful study of the
nature of the data, the storage, processing and retrieval of data, the
characteristics of information and communication is essential.
v An important element for managing a situation is knowledge information
about the grade and objectives, resources, operations and environment.
v An individual personal knowledge is only what can be acquired and stored in
his memory and then retrieved and manipulated as necessary.
v However, many managers insist on operating with only the information stored
in personal memory.
v Now-a-days, it is necessary to store the information in other storage media.
Books, magazines, journals, forms, records, data CD’ s and a wide variety of
other media assist in storing information until it is needed.
v However, now-a-days, due to complex managerial environment, it is necessary
to use computers for storing, processing and retrieving information.
v In developing an information system to serve the variety of needs of today,
modem environment knowledge and information can be stored in the memory
of the computer.
v This knowledge can be described and called as a databank. Fig. 1.29 shows the
transfer of information from human memory and other media to the memory
of a computer.

Fig. 1.29. Data bank concept

The data bank has the following two primary advantages over the manual system.
1. The accumulation of information in an information center where “One set of
books” is maintained avoids the maintenance of separate record files.
2. It tends to integrate the separate functions and departments of the
v The databank or the central database is constructed to store and retrieve the
information used in common by the various subsystems of the company.
v By using recent trends in information processing techniques, a high speed,
random access, mass storage device is used to store large volumes of data.
v All relevant information about the company’ s operation is contained in one
readily accessible file, arranged so that duplication and redundancy are
v If we maintain one set of records, it will be easier to maintain their accuracy.

Fig. 1.30. Data bank concept

v Fig. 1.30 shows the concept of data bank. It describes how a typical
manufacturing firm’ s information files can be integrated into the central
v In general data base system, the following major information sub systems are
required to run the business.
General accounting files
Inventory file
Customer and sales file
Vendor file
Personnel file
v The database should satisfy the requirements of the user, otherwise he will
continue to maintain his own system.
v The purpose of the central data base system may not be useful. The key
element in this concept is that each subsystem utilizes the same database in the
satisfaction of its information needs. This will yield an advantage of
integration of departments and functions.
v Each department/sections of an organization is integrated into a whole through
its access and interface with central database of the organization and thereby,
gains a greater understanding and application of how its actions and plans
affect others throughout the organization.
Important problems surrounding database are:
1. There is possibility of invalid input information by a unit wishing to maintain
information security.
2. If anybody enters the ‘ error’ data, it affects other departments immediately and
produces “multiplier effect”.
3. The interdepartmental agreement required concerning the degree of detail to be
included in data elements of the database.
v If there is no common ground for agreement and solution of these problems,
organisational units tend to maintain their own system for their peculiar needs.
This will also defeats the purpose of central database.
v A good data base system should have the following features:
Ø Satisfy current and future application needs.
Ø Utilized in the best possible way according to the user requirement.
Ø Validate data before storage.
Ø Be easy to modify with changes.
Ø Be expandable with the growth and changes.
Ø Allows access for the data only to authorized persons.
Data within a system have their own life cycle. Fig. 1.31 shows three aspects of this
life cycle which are particularly important in development, design and operation of
The three aspects are:
(i) We need to know how data are generated i.e. how they are born.
(ii) We need to know what manipulation or processing of data is carned out.
(iii)We need to know how certain types of information processing are carried out,
particularly the transmission of data and communication of information and
storing/retrieving of data. The reproduction of data may occur at various stages in the
life cycle.
Fig. 1.31. Data Life Cycle


The integrated data processing (IDP) has two fundamental objectives.
1. The recording of data at its point of origin in a machine communicable language in
the form of punched tape, punched cards or optical characters.
2. The retrieved of data from which it is recorded for performing all subsequent
v The first objectives is met by adopting conventional devices such as adding
machines, accounting machines, cash registers and typewriters so that they
create punched tapes or cards as a by-product of a basic recording operation.
v The second objective is met by carefully planning subsequent steps in the data
processing cycle and using equipment that can accept or produce a language
medium that has compatibility with other machines.
v The concept of IDP is not new since it was demonstrated in the conference of
American Management Association (AMA) in Feb.’ 1954 by U.S.
Corporation. In that system, fire channel punched tape was the common
language used.
v Originally, integrated data processing involved the preparation of common
language medium such as paper tape as a part of manual recording operation.
However, the scope of IDP has been broadened by the development in source
data automation such as optical character recognition and magnetic ink
character recognition.
v In addition, translating device such as tape-to-card converters has extended the
range of IDP to include any machine that can use the output of another
v Effective integrated data processing represents a blending of the best
techniques of systems analysis and design and data processing with those in
the field of communications.
v The broad objective is the treatment of data processing activities as a
continuous integrated whole, rather than a variety of individual operations.
Model of general information system:
v Fig. 1.31 shows a model of general information system.
v The organization and its environment generate data which serves as input to
data processing.
v The function of data processing is to collect, transforms and stores the data
and produces strategic, tactical and operational information’ s which are
transferred to corresponding decision maker.
v The various decision makers produces output according to the data which are
received. These outcomes then stimulate organizational and environmental
responses which forms the basis for new data.

Fig.1.31.A Model of general information system

13.1 Characteristics needed for good information system:
1. It must serve and support the managerial activities in the organization.
2. It should have components serving both the general direction of the organization
and its internal regulation and control.
3. It should undertake the various activities of acquisition, processing, retention,
transmission and reporting of information.
4. It should be designed to follow the pattern and structure of management at all levels
of the organization.
5. It should be flexible enough to meet the changing need of the management.
6. It should not restrict the informal passage of information throughout the
13.2 Operation of an information system:
The following major steps which are applicable to all information systems.
(i) Determination of information needs:
First of all, an information system should determine the objectives of the system, such
as what kind of information will be needed, when and in what form.
(ii) Data collection:
The data used for various activities is collected to provide the raw material (i.e.
information) for the function of data processing. Data collection involves the element
of sensing and recording.
v In large companies, hundreds of thousands of model files, drawing files and
other CAD data files are stored.
v It will be continuously reused for over a period of many years. They therefore
need systems to index and manage these large data in a sort of electronic
drawing vault.
v These systems are used by the designers to enquire what data is available for
particular project, where it is stored, when models were constructed and by
whom so on.
v Engineering data management system (EDMS) is a system to assist a design
team in the indexing, browsing and searching of their design data. EDMS also
provides the following facilities.
1. Data is available and easily accessible to all users who need access, but at the same
time, it should be accessible only by authorized person for providing data security.
2. It checks that particular data items are unique i.e., for a given reference, only one
data item may exist in the system.
3. Version control system that log changes and issues of drawings and other files.
There are three ways in which data can be organized
(i) Hierarchical
(ii) Network and
(iii) Relational
Hierarchical Data Structure:
v Fig. 1.31 shows a typical hierarchical data structure. In hierarchical data
structure data files are arranged in a tree like structure.
v At the top of the data tree the broadest possible description of the contents of
the database is places.
v As one moves downwards, the description become more specific. In fig. 1.31,
the nodes in level 2 are the children of node at level 1. the nodes at level 2 in
turn become parents of nodes in level 3 and so on.
v This type of data structure avoids repetition of the information and thus saves
storage memory.
v The search for specific information can be carried out by moving from top to
bottom of the data tree.
v A good example of such an organization might be a parts list, in which each
product is composed of assemblies which are in turn composed of sub
v Fig. 1.33. shows an example of hierarchical data structure for the parts list of
lathe assembly.

Fig.1.32. Hierarchical data structure

Fig. 1.33 Parts of a Lathe assembly

v A major limitation of this model is the rigidity of the database structure.
v It is very difficult to incorporate modification into the database; especially in
cases where the new record involve substantial changes in the field data.
v The network data structure is a combination of several hierarchies in which
child files can have more than one parent file, thereby establishing a many-to-
many relationship among data.
v Fig. 2.52 shows a network data structure.
v As the network data structure is more compact than the hierarchical data
structure, it is more efficient than previous one.
v The difficulty associated with the modification of existing structure is just as
great as compared to the hierarchical data structure.

Fig.1.34. Network data structure

v Relational data structure is simplest of all three types.
v Relational data are stored in the form of table, where each row representing a
v Each of these records consists of field under each column.
v Table represents a bill of materials for a lathe in the form of a relational data

17.1 Characteristics of relational data structure:

1. Each cell in the table holds only one field.
2. No two rows or records can be identical. In an atleast one of the columns there
must be atleast one entry that is unique.
3. Records or rows need not be in any particular order. The user may add a new
record at the bottom of the table or can insert in between two selected rows.
4. Since no two records are identical and fields are related by columns, the user may
delete or modify any row without having to adjust any other part of the data structure.
v The simplicity in the structure of this model made it very popular among the
business people and there are number of commercial data base management
systems are available.
v The major limitation of this structure is the difficulty in searching and retrieval
of particular data from the structure.
v Any search has to be carried out sequentially in row-by-row manner until the
desired information is located.
The graphic data can be stored in a system by two forms
(i) Sequential form and
(ii) Random form
v The major disadvantage in sequential form is that whenever we required to
access certain data, it is not simple and one may not be retrieving the data in a
sequential form.
v From the graphical manipulation point of view, this method of storing the data
is inefficient.
v Random form alone can not provides better results in graphical manipulation
due to inherent limitation within it.
v The actual graphics systems use a combination of random and sequential form
to get the best result out of both the forms.
v In general, there are two data search methods exist. They are
(i) Sequential search
(ii) Binary search
Fig. 1.35 (a) and (b) show these two methods.
v In sequential search, the data is retrieved by reading each record sequentially.
v In binary search, the first search is made in the middle of the file and then
subsequent searches are made. Therefore it provides quicker retrieved than
sequential search.

Fig. 1.35. Search methods


1. Define computer graphics.

2. What are the different types of computer graphics?
3. What are the functions of IGC?
4. What is meant by the term modeling?
5. What are the various primitives used in CAD package?
6. How is a point represented in two —dimensions?
7. Determine the parametric representation of the line segment between
two points (4,5)
8. and (7,8). Also determine the slope of the line segment
9. Write the basic parametric equation of a non —origin —centered
10. Write the basic parametric equation of a origin —centered ellipse.
11. Define a parabola.
12. Describe the hyperbola.
13. How can be the speed of input devices improved?
14. What is meant by viewpoint?
15. What is viewing transformation and windowing transformation?
16. What is meant by clipping?
17. State the use of reflection transformation.
18. How information is transmitted on a network?
19. Mention the use of graphic libraries.
20. List the some of visualization aids for the CAD system user to interpret
static 2D projections of 3D objects.
21. Perspective projection enhances ______________________
22. Hidden surface removal is also called as _________________
23. What are the main types of 2 D transformations?
24. State hidden line elimination.
25. What are the various visibility techniques used for checking
overlapping of pairs?
26. Name the various approaches used in hidden line elimination algorithm
27. At what situation synthetic curves are needed?
28. Give any four characteristics of Bezier curves.
29. Write any two differences between Bezier curve and Cubic spline
30. What are the limitations of B-spline curve on the basis of Bernstein ?
31. Give any two properties of B-spline
32. Define rational curve.
33. What is data?
34. Define database.
35. How can we define data structure?
36. Mention the various ways using data structure in interactive modeling.
37. Give any four advantages of centralized data structure
38. Define DBMS.
39. State the various activities of data base management
40. Mention any four characteristics of an effective data processing system
41. What are the elements of information system?
42. What are the advantages of data bank?
43. Give any problems surrounding database.
44. What are the special features for a good data base system?
45. What are the characteristics needed for a good information system?
46. List out the major steps involved in information system.
47. List the procedures involved in implementation of an information
48. What is network data structure?
49. What are the characteristics of relational data structure?
50. What are the two modes of data storage?
51. What are the types of data search methods?

PART-B questions
1. Explain briefly the creation of graphic primitives both in 2D and 3D.
2. Determine the parametric representation of the line segment between
two points (10.5) and (2,9). Determine the slope of the segment and
explain DDA algorithm
3. Write short notes on the following terms:
i. Pointing
ii. Clipping transformation
iii. Transmitting information
iv. Perspective projection
v. Hidden surface removal
4. What is meant by concatenation? Explain.
5. Describe clearly hidden line elimination.
6. Explain curve generation techniques.
7. Differentiate Bezier curve and cubic spline curve
8. Write sort notes on “rational curves, model storage and data structure”.
9. Explain database management system, data bank information storage
and data life cycle.
10. Describe information system.
11. Explain engineering data management system.
12. Explain the various types of data structure organization.
13. What are the 2 —D transformation? Explain each.