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Terrain Elevation Import Wizard

The Terrain Elevation Import Wizard imports terrain elevation points from CAD files in DWG and DXF format, as well as elevation points in XLS, XLSX, and CSV format. This is useful for importing elevation data from other CAD software or from files generated by GPS survey equipment.

Once the elevation data has been imported, the wizard will automatically create contour lines which can be edited normally.

terrain elevation import wizard

To import terrain elevations:

1.   Before using the wizard, we recommend you either start with a new design, or first delete all contour lines and other terrain-modifying objects. This will make it easier to verify the newly imported elevation data.

2.   Click Tools and Terrain Elevation Import Wizard.

3.   Click the Next button.

4.   Browse to the file you want to import and click Open.

5.   DWG/DXF only: Specify which layers you want to import and click Next.

XLS/XLSX/CSV only: Specify which columns contain the XYZ elevation data (where Z is the elevation). The wizard can usually do this automatically, but you can override the default settings if needed. Then click Next.

6.   Select the desired drawing units. You can also enter a scale factor if you want to resize the drawing during import. Then click Next.

7.   Click the Finish button to complete the wizard.

The resulting contour lines will be created and automatically grouped.


      When importing DWG or DXF files, be sure to first use your CAD software to explode any proxy entities that contain elevation data.

      If you change the imported file, then you will need to re-run this wizard if you want to the changes to appear in Realtime Landscaping Architect.

See also:

      Adding a Contour Line

      CAD Import Wizard