A Spatiotemporal Database Prototype for Managing Volumetric Surface Movement Data in Virtual GIS

  • Mohd Shafry Mohd Rahim
  • Abdul Rashid Mohamed Shariff
  • Shattri Mansor
  • Ahmad Rodzi Mahmud
  • Daut Daman
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4707)


Virtual GIS have the capability to present geographic features in three-dimension. This will contribute to increasing user understanding of phenomena that occurred in certain areas. Virtual GIS need to include temporal element in the system for managing dynamic phenomena to simulate real process. Spatiotemporal database system can be used to manage temporal data or spatial data that involve changes. In this paper, we present the database system of a spatiotemporal database prototype for managing volumetric surface movement; Volumetric Surface Movement Spatiotemporal Data Model that has the ability to store changes of the surface data of a three dimensional object. Formalization of the surface movement phenomena on the volumetric object were defined. This model has been implemented using relational database model which store only the changing points in order to ensure an efficient data management. We have developed a visualization tool with the database system to visualize movement on the surface. The prototype system of this model has been tested and found to be efficient.


Spatiotemporal Data Model Database Surface Movement Temporal GIS Virtual GIS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohd Shafry Mohd Rahim
    • 1
  • Abdul Rashid Mohamed Shariff
    • 2
  • Shattri Mansor
    • 2
  • Ahmad Rodzi Mahmud
    • 2
  • Daut Daman
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Computer Science and Information System, University Technology Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, JohorMalaysia
  2. 2.Institute of Advance Technology, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, SelangorMalaysia

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