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Apart from visualization tasks, Three-Dimensional (3D) data management features are not or only hardly available in current spatial database systems and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). But the increasing demands from application domains like urban planning, geoscience, and soil engineering call for systems that are capable of storing, retrieving, querying, and manipulating the underlying 3D spatial data. Current 3D data models are tailored to specific applications and simple 3D spatial objects only, and available 3D data structures are restricted to main memory representations; thus they lack the ability of handling general and complex 3D spatial objects in a database context.
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