[ODE] Proposal: Change Heightfield Origin

Justin Couch justin at vlc.com.au
Thu Jul 13 10:32:08 MST 2006

Martijn Buijs wrote:

> Actually I've worked with USGS datasets before, and have never come across double precision data, I 
> assume they exist but are probably rare. But I agree we should a 'double' path, if only for the sake 
> of completeness.

Both DEM and DTED run in double precision. At a higher level, the VRML 
and X3D file formats only specify terrain in double precision. On the 
graphics side of things we end up doing a lot of local reprojections to 
try to keep rendering down to single precision that is implemented by 
the graphics card, but that's expensive calculations - particularly if 
you're doing it every frame as we would in a dynamic LOD'ed terrain 

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