3D mapping for engineers

More than just mapping.

Terrain Tools® is a software toolkit for 3D mapping, terrain modelling and land development. Terrain Tools® includes a variety of 3D mapping functions, as well as engineering design functions.

Ideal for 3D site design, 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.

With Terrain Tools you can:

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.

Site Design of All Sorts

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

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.

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).

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.

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. 


Creation and display of linear or point features. Entry of features by coordinate or bearing and distance. Calculation of areas, lengths, bearings and slopes. Curves, buffering and clipping. Feature/point densification and simplification. User definable symbols, linetypes and bitmap hatching. Image cropping, resolution control and rubber sheeting

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. 

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. 


Cable 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.

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.

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.

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 iPad tablet.
*Available Exclusively to Support Subscribers.


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Terrain Tools® Screens

3D and Plan View of a Quarry Project
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
Output sheet for a site design featuring shaded elevation colouring.
Model large LiDAR sets of over 5 million points. View in plan and 3D.
Quarry design with ramps
Easy creation of output sheets with multiple views.

System Requirements

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 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