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Points2Poly is an implementation of the paper Reconstructing Compact Building Models from Point Clouds Using Deep Implicit Fields, which incorporates learnable implicit surface representation into explicitly constructed geometry.

Due to clutter concerns, the core module is separately maintained in the abspy repository (also available as a PyPI package), while this repository acts as a wrapper with additional sources and instructions in particular for building reconstruction.


The prerequisites are two-fold: one from abspy with functionalities on vertex group, cell complex, and adjacency graph; the other one from points2surf that facilitates occupancy estimation.

Clone this repository with submodules:

git clone --recurse-submodules

In case you already cloned the repository but forgot --recurse-submodules:

git submodule update --init

Requirements from abspy

Follow the instruction to install abspy with its dependencies, while abspy itself can be easily installed via PyPI:

# local version (stable)
pip install ./abspy

# PyPI version (latest)
pip install abspy

Requirements from points2surf

Install the dependencies for points2surf:

pip install -r points2surf/requirements.txt

For training, make sure CUDA is available and enabled. Navigate to points2surf/ for more details on its requirements.

In addition, install dependencies for logging:

pip install -r requirements.txt

Getting started

Reconstruction demo

Download a mini dataset of 6 buildings from the Helsinki 3D city models, and a pre-trained full-view model:

python dataset_name='helsinki_mini' model_name='helsinki_fullview'

Run reconstruction on the mini dataset:

python dataset_name='helsinki_mini' model_name='helsinki_fullview'

Evaluate the reconstruction results by Hausdorff distance:

python dataset_name='helsinki_mini'

The reconstructed building models and statistics can be found under ./outputs/helsinki_mini/reconstructed.

Helsinki dataset

Download the Helsinki dataset from OneDrive, including meshes, point clouds, and queries with distances.

Custom dataset

Reconstruction from custom point clouds

  • Convert point clouds into NumPy binary files (.npy). Place point cloud files (e.g., .ply, .obj, .stl and .off) under ./datasets/{dataset_name}/00_base_pc then run points2surf/, or manually do the conversion.

  • Extract planar primitives from point clouds with Mapple. In Mapple, use Point Cloud - RANSAC primitive extraction to extract planar primitives, then save the vertex group files (.vg or .bvg) into ./datasets/{dataset_name}/06_vertex_group.

  • Run reconstruction the same way as that in the demo. Notice that, however, you might need to retrain a model that conforms to your data's characteristics.

Make training data

Prepare meshes and place them under datasets/{dataset_name} that mimic the structure of the provided data. Refer to this instruction for creating training data through BlenSor simulation.


  • Separate abspy/points2surf from points2poly wrappers
  • Config with hydra
  • Short tutorial on how to get started
  • Host generated data




The implementation of Points2Poly has greatly benefited from Points2Surf. In addition, the implementation of the abspy submodule is backed by great open-source libraries inlcuding SageMath, NetworkX, and Easy3D.


If you use Points2Poly in a scientific work, please consider citing the paper:

  title = {Reconstructing compact building models from point clouds using deep implicit fields},
  journal = {ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing},
  volume = {194},
  pages = {58-73},
  year = {2022},
  issn = {0924-2716},
  doi = {},
  url = {},
  author = {Zhaiyu Chen and Hugo Ledoux and Seyran Khademi and Liangliang Nan}


Reconstructing compact building models from point clouds using deep implicit fields [ISPRS 2022]