Technologies for 3D mesh compression: A survey

Jingliang Peng, Chang Su Kim, C. C.Jay Kuo

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Three-dimensional (3D) meshes have been widely used in graphic applications for the representation of 3D objects. They often require a huge amount of data for storage and/or transmission in the raw data format. Since most applications demand compact storage, fast transmission, and efficient processing of 3D meshes, many algorithms have been proposed to compress 3D meshes efficiently since early 1990s. In this survey paper, we examine 3D mesh compression technologies developed over the last decade, with the main focus on triangular mesh compression technologies. In this effort, we classify various algorithms into classes, describe main ideas behind each class, and compare the advantages and shortcomings of the algorithms in each class. Finally, we address some trends in the 3D mesh compression technology development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-733
Number of pages46
JournalJournal of Visual Communication and Image Representation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D mesh compression
  • MPEG-4
  • Progressive mesh coding
  • Single-rate mesh coding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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