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Getting elevation from government databases…

“Most of the time you have to be In the industry, and try to process that data it through a variety of means or multiple different processes to get what you really looking for.”

Steve Moseley, Civil Engineer, Artist

Low Quality

Government databases fail to offer control over quality or resolution, leading to inferior maps.


Gathering, compiling and processing government data is time consuming and arduous.


Without any centralized platform, government databases are inaccessible and remote.

Generating data products with Equator…

85% of legal departments place controlling their outside counsel costs as their highest priority — Thompson Reuters


Using diverse data sets and modern software, Equator provides highly detailed elevation data.


With control of their site, users can fully customize their data and how they use it.


By prioritizing our users’ experience, accessing our high resolution elevation data is intuitive and convenient.

How it Works

Step 1: Select Your Site

Search for a location and create your site using either a pre-made or a custom boundary box

Step 2: Open the Data Menu

Select the Data tab on the left and choose your elevation data set.

Step 3: Build your map

Using Equator’s design tools, create unique, detailed maps with high resolution elevation data.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is elevation data created?

While there are many ways in which elevation data can be collected and curated, Equator uses public sources of LiDAR and LiDAR-derived data. In this way, we centralize elevation data like contours, DEMs, STLs and more to create vivid topographic maps.

Does Equator have high resolution data in my area?

Equator provides high resolution LiDAR data for the US, Canada, Europe and other international locations, along with LiDAR-derived data for areas of the US that don”t have LiDAR. To find out more about Equator’s LiDAR coverage, check out our Coverage Map.

How accurate is the data in Equator?

Equator’s elevation data varies in accuracy based on the site, with some areas showing accuracy up to a few centimeters. With every download from Equator, users also receive a metadata report that provides information about the datasources. For more on the accuracy of LiDAR data, check out our post.

How can I create the best looking contours?

Equator allows users to fully customize their topographic data to cater to their projects. With the power to build abstract site boundaries and change both resolution and intervals, Equator allows users the ability to create boldly. 

Equator helps users to get their existing data into the coordinate system and project that they need. By simply finding the name of the projection being used in the software (usually, found in the drawing or project settings). When downloading a layer from Equator, users can also quickly select a Custom coordinate system and then search for it by name.

Absolutely! Equator allows users to change units based on the coordinate system and projection. Make sure to select an option with “ftUS” in the name and your data file will be in imperial units.

Civil engineers are using data from Equator to help with all sorts of projects. Our users have designed stormwater facilities, built new roads and selected sites for residential and commercial buildings. We’ve also heard from people in other industries including archaeologists, artists, geologists, researchers, educators and more.