Object-Oriented Network Model

Object Oriented Network Model

A transport network can be represented by two object classes, defined as Link and Node. The transport network, inherits the properties of these two subclasses. Because of the topological attributes of a network, a connection relationship has to be established between the link and node classes. It defines and nature and extent of the geometric connectivity supporting the network’s topology.

Object-oriented network models are stored in relational databases, such as a geodatabase. The above representation would require four relational tables; one labeled Transport Network, which could be in this case a simple identifier for the network, a Node and a Link table containing their respective properties, and a Connection table where connectivity information is stored.