3D Mapping, Grading, & Site Design Software

3D Mapping for Engineers & Surveyors

Ideal for 3D site design, handling survey data, stockpile volume calculations, mine surveying, quantity takeoffs, pad and pond design, geological mapping, surface contouring and visualization, and landfill site design.

Includes functions for: surveying, coordinate geometry, image manipulation, digital terrain modeling, contouring, volume and earthwork calculations, design, grading, visualization and report generation.


Find out if Terrain Tools works for your project(s):

LiDAR Import & Thinning Control

Create surface models from large LiDAR and UAV datasets. Have complete control over your point data thinning functionality. Thinning to polygons, corridors, coordinates regions, or exterior regions. 


Survey Data Management

Import and management of a variety of survey and file formats, including: total station, LiDAR, ASCII, DWG, DGN, USGS DEM, LandXMl and image formats (TIFF, BMP, JPG). Total station data can be included with automatic control of linear features, breaklines and symbology.

Import georeferenced background imagery from our Live Maps tool.

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Digital Terrain & Surface Modelling

A complete set of functions for creating a 3D surfaces and Digital Terrain Model (DTM), including break lines and boundary areas. Contours can be generated at user specified intervals with full control of color, line types and labels. Contours can be updated at any time.


Site Design and Grading

Site design made easy with intuitive grading functions, feature creation and design of polygonal shapes such as ponds, pads, pits etc.

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Volume Calculations & Reporting

Calculate stockpile volumes using average end-area method. Easily calculate volumes between entire surfaces. Set a boundary feature and determine the polygon's surface properties (surface area, volume, average slope and aspect).

Calculate volumes between surfaces or enclosed within a single surface.

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Feature Tools

Format features with annotation, line-type, symbols and hatching control. Manipulate features by moving, sizing, rotating, breaking, joining. Easily manage feature properties: modelled, displayed, draped, breakline, connected, and boundary. 


3D Display

3D window shows a perspective display of features and TIN surfaces. Includes drive-through mode for use with linear features.

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Output Sheet Creation

Create your own customized output sheet with plan, profile windows, title blocks, legends and more. Export your output sheet for use with Avenza PDF Maps. 


Watershed & Hydrology Tools

Easily determine catchment areas of the TIN model and create corresponding features. The automatic calculation of watershed areas is based on a regular grid. The user can choose the grid cell size. An additional drainage area feature allows users to determine the drainage area associated with a specific point, useful in culvert design projects (new Version 10 feature).

Cable Logging Planning

In the forest-industry version, includes complete functionality for cable planning analysis. Analyze payload, clearance, and line tensions. Evaluate different types of equipment and logging configurations. Plot various carriage positions for a given midspan deflection (third point method). 


CAD Engine Not Required

Terrain Tools does not require a CAD engine to run. It is a stand-alone program designed for engineering over drafting. It is compatible with AutoCAD and Bentley products and can be saved in standard output formats: LandXML, DXN, DGN, DWG and more.


Key Benefits

  • Quick learning curve

    Be up and running in hours with little or no training with Terrain Tools’ easy user interface.

  • Powerful for big datasets

    Comfortably processes LiDAR data sets with millions of points. Setup boundaries and selectively thin points.

  • Engineering design functions

    More than just mapping. Functions include: site grading, earthwork structure design and calculations.

  • Easy user-interface

    When it comes to menus, dialogs, modes, buttons and options our philosophy is "the fewer the better".

  • Compatible

    Move information seamlessly between other applications with DWG, Shape and LandXML formats.

Product Options

Terrain Tools 3D terrain mapping software

Terrain Tools® 3D

A happy marriage of 3D mapping and engineering. Easy, friendly,and inexpensive. Create 3D terrain models and engineering designs for a wide variety of projects.

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Forestry mapping software - site design, cable analysis

Terrain Tools® Forestry

Includes the same functionality as Terrain Tools® 3D, but also includes an extra module for manual p-line data entry, as well as a special function for cable logging.

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Field Survey Note Entry for iPad - Terrain Tools Field

Terrain Tools® Field

Terrain Tools® Field allows you to enter and verify traverses in the field using an Apple device (iPhone, iPad)
*Available Exclusively to Support Subscribers.

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Additional Screens

Survey Note Entry and Traverse. Works with TruPulse 360 Laser Rangefinder.
Create bridge abutments and site designs.
Conduct multiple deflection lines analysis.
Import ASCII survey data. Automatically create joined and connected features.
Work with big LiDAR Data Sets - import, filter, create DTMs

Minimum System Requirements

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, or 11 Operating System
2 GB system RAM (4 GB recommended)
Minimum 800 x 600 resolution (more recommended)
Processor or motherboard built-in video is adequate
1 GB disk space