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> Radius Topology is that successfull (in terms of sales)

Simon Greener

>  > > PS: ...of course there was a reason why Radius Topology is that
>  > > successfull (in terms of sales)
>  > Can you explain why you say this?
> mhm... I think radius topology is a successful product because it
> ensures that people don't add invalid geometries to datasets. So, its
> nice to have such a tool from a manager perspective, although it should
> not really be necessary from an educational perspective.

Radius Topology:

1. Guarantees that invalid geometries are not added to a dataset because if they fail Oracle validation Radius won't process them. ("Garbage in" will not produce anything good!).
2. If a valid geometry is provided then it will try and construct shared topological primitives from it. This does not always work even if the geometry is itself OK: mainly a problem with polygon data.
3. The construction of shared topological primitives uses a basic "rule" engine that is up to the management/administration team to design and get right. It is akin to creating a data model of a database and then generating a schema from it. Simple to say, harder to do (and so a lot don't). No other topology product has a rule" engine capability.
4. Allows construction of a network (node/edge) or planar (node/edge/face) topological space (manifold) using the same data structures and based on SDO_GEOMETRY and not SDO_TOPO making it accessible to existing GIS applications that can already work with Oracle Spatial.
5. Is client independence.
6. Provides a topological manifold full of shared primitives that can be used to analyse data, produce new views or products, and produce faster queries etc. However, one can only do this with 100% confidence of the result, if 100% of the data in a dataset has had topological primitives constructed from it. See last sentence in point 2.

> Or am I wrong about a) its success, b) its function?
> (Btw. I have never used it myself)

1Spatial have sold quiet a few copies of RT (at least as far as I know). But how many I don't know. What defines commercial success?

The ones I personally have had dealings with have been successful but have been mainly network (node/edge) based: complex polygonal data is problematic.

Finally, it is nice to have a backend product in the database but what RT is missing is decent production ready edit tools for the range of GIS editors out there: MapInfo, ArcGIS, GeoMedia, Autodesk Map 3D.

I hope this is helpful.

One interesting question to ask is "what business problem is topology solving"?

> not really be necessary from an educational perspective.

Can you explain what do you mean by this?

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