Covering Surfaces with Strips

The generalization of the paper maché-like technique of covering surfaces with strips to industrial applications like building shells and ship hulls has not been fully realized. In participate, the problem of covering any curved surface with strips of material has been addressed but not solved in the general case. Most of the applicable research focuses either on using parameterizations that inevitably introduce cutting and/or stretching or using developable surfaces rather than strips. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that an algorithm for optimally-covering any mesh surface with long, trimmed, straight strips of material without gaps or overlap will be attempted. This internship is partnership with Automated Systems Research, a leading provider of quality estimating software for the roofing industry.

Joe Kahlert
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Richard Zhang
British Columbia