We consider the problem of representing and manipulating nonmanifold objects of any dimension and at multiple resolutions. We present a modeling scheme based on (1) a multiresolution representation, called the vertex-based nonmanifold multitessellation, (2) a compact and dimension-independent data structure, called the Simplified Incidence Graph (SIG), and (3) an atomic mesh update operator, called vertex-pair contraction/vertex expansion. We propose efficient algorithms for performing the vertex-pair contraction on a simplicial mesh encoded as a SIG, and an effective representation for encoding this multiresolution model based on a compact encoding of vertex-pair contractions and vertex expansions.

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