GRASS and VTK

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vtkGRASSBrige provides a VTK/C++ interface to most of the GRASS GIS raster and vector C library functions. Its using an intuitive class structure to hide the complexity of the GRASS libraries.

Additionally, the vtkGRASSBridge provides access to GRASS C library functions for Python and Java, using the VTK wrapper.

Reader to convert GRASS datasets (raster, vector) into VTK datasets are provided for raster and vector data. All vtkImage- and vtkPolyDataAlgorithms can be used to process GRASS raster and vector data. vtkImages can be directly written as GRASS raster maps into a GRASS location.

This library can be used to build comprehensive 3d visualisation of GRASS GIS data with Java, Python and C++, as well as base for complex multithreaded image and vector filter to process GRASS GIS datasets i.e: as backend for WPS server.

Using vtkGRASSBridge in Python

Here a small Python example to triangulate vector points from the North Carolina demo data set with the VTK delaunay filter class:

# The purpose of this example is
# to read a grass vector map without topology information
# into the VTK poly data format and processing that map with vtkDelaunay2D.
# The processed data is written as VTK XML file to the file system

# Init grass variables
init = vtkGRASSInit()

# Now build the pipeline
# read the vector map without creating topology
reader = vtkGRASSVectorPolyDataReader() # The reader does not need
topology information
reader.SetVectorName("elev_lid792_randpts")

# Setup the delaunay triangulation
delaunay = vtkDelaunay2D()
delaunay.SetInputConnection(reader.GetOutputPort())

# write the data as XML with base64 encoding
writer = vtkXMLPolyDataWriter()
writer.SetFileName("/tmp/test.vtk")
writer.SetInputConnection(delaunay.GetOutputPort())
writer.Write()

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