Create and visualize your 3D landscape models in less time and in high quality with TerrainView.

TerrainView – The Swiss Army knife for out-of-the-box Earth visualization.


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1. Transform 2D GIS Data into a stunning 3D world
Create highly realistic, huge 3D environments with WYSIWYG editing. TerrainView (5.0) allows you to create unlimited geo datasets from your raw data (2D and 3D) with a few clicks. It automatically produces large seamless base maps from several input files and directly optimizes the produced tiles for optimal filesize which allows extremely fast distribution.
2. Visualize your 3D scenarios in real-time
TerrainView lets you visualize unlimited GIS datasets in real-time and is a tool for decision support. Architecture or models of infrastructures coming from third party CAD software (FBX, 3DS, Collada, DXF, OpenFlight..) can be integrated into the 3D scenery. The imported data can be layered and combined with a variety of graphics and used to produce still images, motion picture sequences, or interactive sessions on a PC.
3. Make real-time fly-throughs and share them with your friends
View and analyze large sets of data in three dimensions and in real-time. TerrainView allows you to create animations that you can save and share. Distribute your 3d scene as HD videos or as high-resolution screenshot.
4. Access online data to faster build your scene
ViewTec offers ready-to-use, high-quality geodata and 3d models for TerrainView . TerrainView can access basemap data e.g. imagery, elevation and vector in different resolutions streaming from online data repositories. Together with the 3D content libraries in ViewTec’s model format you can enrich your basemap data. Furthermore TerrainView lets you integrate locally-stored data with web-service-based data.
5. Place 3d symbols and city models at your location to enhance reality
TerrainView enables you to create and edit real-time 3d scenarios in shorter time. With its game-level type editor you can enrich your 3D scenario with realistic models. It supports many different complex data formats such as FBX, COLLADA, KML/KMZ, 3D Studio, CityGML, OpenFlight. These external models can be placed on the terrain with lat/long coordinates.
1. Easy navigation
TerrainView provides fully interactive flights during which users can control altitude, speed and viewing angle via the mouse and georeferenced terrain positions output in WGS84 and UTM coordinates. TerrainView provides various modes of navigation such as view mode, flight mode, low level flight (ground following), explore view and joystick mode.
2. Unlimited import GIS data
Get a terrain base map up and running quickly and easily. Import all your popular GIS datasets without any limits. Multi-resolution support for four basic data types: imagery, terrain, vector, and annotation. Support of all common projections, raster and vector formats. Integrate locally-stored data with web-service-based data. Integrate data with commercial data providers. Reproject data among different coordinate reference systems. Supports any number of overlapping, high-resolution image or terrain data inserts. Access ready-to-use, high-quality online basemap data.
3. Advanced OGC data handling (5.0)
TerrainView provides a very efficient and intelligent way of data handling. Tiling, multi-leveling, caching and compression is done automatically in the OGC standard format TMS. Data can be read from OGC standard formats e.g. WMS, TMS, TFS, WCS.
4. Advanced layer features
Adjust layer opacity in real time. Terrain morphing are supported between different resolution levels. Multiple globes can be coincident, concentric, or separated to provide various effects such as translucent overlays (used with clouds above the Earth), fade between datasets, geologic features, planets, etc. Datasets are independent.
5. Easy 3D object manipulation
Merge multiple 3d objects of different formats together and pick, move, rotate or scale them easily. Add your own 3d model for airborne, ground, and space-based objects. Place external models on the terrain with lat/long coordinates.
6. Space-to-street-level in superior rendering quality
High performance on low cost hardware platforms and fully interactive control of rendered objects and views.
7. Generate dynamic objects
Paths can be assigned to 3d models such as airplanes, copters and ground vehicles to demonstrate real-time movement.
8. Create high resolution screenshots
The resolution of screenshots calculated from the current view are only limited by disk space.
9. Fly-Through videos in HD quality
An interactive flight or a pre-recorded flightpath can be recorded and exported to a movie in HD quality and in different formats. Videos can be generated at specific frame rates using different video codecs.
12. Easy to operate flight path editor
Easy definition of flight paths with smooth interpolation for position and orientation. Flight paths can be coupled to both 3d models and camera.
13. Intuitive points of interest editor
To annotate terrain models freely definable points of interest may be coupled with arbitrary text, 3d objects, or hyperlinks.
14. Multi-channel and CAVE support
TerrainView consists in a high-end system for seamless multi-channel, multi-projections and visualizations on multiple screens and walls, including CAVE environments (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) for real-time application, simulation and training.
TerrainView allows the visualization on multiple screens by synchronizing the camera on all participating computers. A computer running TerrainView is required for each screen. There are no special hardware requirements for the individual computers.
Fully synchronized
Full software synchronization across virtual pipelines. Fast and precise software Genlock over a network (LAN) provides fast multi-channel rendering.
GUI configuration and management tool
The TerrainView GUI is provided for simple configuration and management of the multi-channels e.g. easy master and slave channel control, advanced viewport control and advanced camera offset control.
15. Precise 3D measurement
TerrainView allows various kinds of 3d measurements to be made, e.g. distances, angles, profiles and areas. Furthermore, it is possible to determine the position and distance of any terrain point by means of the cursor.
16. Advanced weather and athmospheric effects
For the generation of realistic scenes, TerrainView provides a wide palette of atmospheric effects, including time of day, date, sun, stars, cloud layers, wind, visibility, sky color, and fog. The environments module also includes rain, snow effects and volumetric clouds.
17. TerrainView-Remote Control API
The TerrainView-Remote Control API is the core technology for observation, reconnaissance and surveillance on the basis of virtually modelled 3D terrains and landscapes in natural and urban environments. The application is perfectly suited for 3D terrain monitoring and the tracking of dynamic features on the ground, in the air and on the sea.
TerrainView-Remote Control API offers a way to remotely manipulate points of interest (POIs) and 3D objects inside a scene over a TCP/IP connection. POIs can represent text, billboard images or hyperlinks. The communication is based on XMLRPC, a remote procedure call interface using HTTP as the transport and XML as the encoding protocol. XMLRPC is platform independent, therefore the software controlling the TerrainView scene can run on any operating system. (5.0)
18. Clear information tree
Information tree that lists all primitives, locations, 3d models, dynamic objects. The information tree has the ability to group elements into folders, save show/hide status for objects.
19. Easy configurations
Any scene consisting of terrain, 3d models, flight paths points of interest and weatrher conditions can be saved in configurations files for instant access in future sessions.
20. Full OpenGL support
TerrainView™ rendering is accelerated through OpenGL the industry standard for high-speed 3d graphics programming and takes full advantage of leading-edge OpenGL features.
Supported GIS Services (5.0)
TerrainView supports all popular GIS services and can connect many popular GIS servers.

  • ArcGIS Server
  • WorldWind Tile Service
  • Tile Map Service (TMS)
  • OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS)
  • OGC Web Map Service (WMS)
  • Tile Feature Service (TFS)
  • Web Feature Service (WFS)
Supported geo-processed output (5.0)
TerrainView can generate interactive maps of very large areas by merging multiple input files and generate a single layer by geo-processing tiles into a folder or into MBtiles. For optimal geo-processing performance TerrainView will use multiprocessing and multithreading capability of your computer.

  • folder
  • MBtiles
Supported Image Formats
TerrainView supports most common image formats. Imported data will be transformed to the world geodetic system 1984 (WGS84).

  • Atlantis MFF (*.hdr)
  • Erdas Imagine (*.img)
  • ERMapper Compressed Wavelets (*.ecw)
  • JPEG2000 (*.jp2; *.j2k)
  • JPEG JFIF (*.jpg)
  • Multi-resolution Seamless Image Database (*.sid)
  • Portable Network Graphics (*.png)
  • TIFF / GeoTIFF (*.tif)
Supported Elevation Formats
TerrainView supports most common image formats. Imported data will be transformed to the world geodetic system 1984 (WGS84).

  • Arc/Info ASCII Grid
  • Arc/Info Binary Grid (.adf)
  • TIFF / GeoTIFF (.tif)
  • Military Elevation Data (.dt0, .dt1, dt2)
  • USGS ASCII DEM (.dem)
  • Atlantis MFF
  • VTP Binary Terrain Format (.bt)
Supported Vector & Annotation Formats
TerrainView supports most common vector formats. Imported data will be transformed to the world geodetic system 1984 (WGS84).

  • Arc/Info Binary Coverage
  • ESRI Shapefile
  • Mapinfo File
  • Microstation DGN
  • OGDI Vectors
  • SDTS
  • UK .NTF
  • U.S. Census TIGER/Line
Supported 3D Formats
TerrainView supports most common image formats. Imported can be visualized on top of the base map data.

  • Autodesk 3D Studio Max 6 – MAX 2012 (Plugin)
  • Autodesk FBX (fbx)
  • Collada 1.4 (dae)
  • DXF (dxf) Autodesk (5.0)
  • 3D Studio (3ds)
  • 3D Studio Max (max) with 3ds Max Exporter
  • Multigen OpenFlight® file format
  • Terrex TerraPage (txp)
  • ViewTec (ivc)
  • OpenSceneGraph (ive)
  • OpenSceneGraph Archive (.osga)
  • OpenSceneGraph (.osg)
  • VRML 2 (wrl) Alias® Wavefront
  • OBJ (.obj) NewTek LightWave® (.lwo /.lws)
Supported Projection Systems
    TerrainView supports all common projection systems (EPSG and custom defined SRS via Proj4). Imported data will be transformed to the world geodetic system 1984 (WGS84).
Operating Systems
Describes the operating systems requirements that you must meet to successfully install and run TerrainView on your system.

  • Windows 10 32/64 bit
Required Hardware
Describes the hardware requirements that you must meet to successfully install and run TerrainView on your system.

  • Intel® Core™ i5, i7 or i9
  • 4 Gbyte RAM or more
  • 1 Gbyte or more of free disk space
Required Graphics Card
Describes the graphics card requirements that you must meet to successfully install and run TerrainView on your system.

  • OpenGL 3.x support and 1 Gbyte texture RAM
  • Up-to-date graphics drivers
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