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2306, 2022

What is a LAZ file?

By |June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on What is a LAZ file?

Design Confidently with the World’s Largest LiDAR Library In this short article you will learn what a LAZ file is. What is a LAZ File? A LAZ file is a compressed LIDAR data file used by several point cloud data programs. LIDAR stands for Light Detection And Ranging, and it is a type of remote

2306, 2022

Differences Between TIN vs STL

By |June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|Comments Off on Differences Between TIN vs STL

Design Confidently with the World’s Largest LiDAR Library In this short article you will learn about the differences between TIN vs STL files. What is a TIN File? Triangular irregular networks (TIN) are a popular form of digital geographic data that have been used for many years by the GIS and CAD communities.  TINs are

2206, 2022

How to convert LAZ to STL in Equator

By |June 22nd, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to convert LAZ to STL in Equator If you have your own LAZ file that you would like to turn into an STL then follow the short list of steps below. Step 1: Drag and Drop a LAZ file into Equator First, visit Equator at maps.equatorstudios.com. Then drag and drop your LAZ file from your computer onto

2206, 2022

How to export USGS LIDAR as a DEM

By |June 22nd, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to export USGS LiDAR as a DEM The easiest way to turn USGS LiDAR into a DEM is to use Equator. Follow the short steps below to learn how you can turn LiDAR into a DEM. Step 1: Drag and Drop a LAZ file into Equator First, visit Equator at maps.equatorstudios.com. Then, open the Data menu on

2206, 2022

How to upload a LAZ file to Equator and export it as a DEM

By |June 22nd, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to upload a LAZ file to Equator and export it as a DEM If you have your own LAZ file that you would like to turn into a DEM then follow the short steps below. Step 1: Drag and Drop a LAZ file into Equator First, visit Equator at maps.equatorstudios.com. Then drag and drop your LAZ file

2804, 2022

How to import laz file to Civil 3D

By |April 28th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to import a laz file to Civil 3D Currently, there is no way to import laz files directly into AutoDesk Civil 3D. Instead, laz files must be converted into a format that Civil 3D can read, such as RCP/RCS (from AutoDesk Recap), DWG, GeoTIFF, or SHP. This article explains how to convert laz data into Civil 3D supported formats, using industry-standard software.

2804, 2022

How to download LiDAR data from the USGS earth explorer

By |April 28th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to download LiDAR data from the USGS Earth Explorer? To download LiDAR data from the USGS Earth Explorer, first, check "show where LiDAR is available." Second, define your area of interest by following the instructions on-screen (hold down the Ctrl key). Third, in the right menu panel, open the "Lidar within AOI" drop-down and click on the "LiDAR Point Cloud (LPC)" folder. Finally, select

404, 2022

Satellite Imagery

By |April 4th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Engineering, Environmental, Locations and Data|0 Comments

Satellite Imagery A Product of The 'Data Revolution' Satellite Imagery are images of the Earth captured using satellites and other similar aircraft-based sensor technologies. These images are an asset in obtaining crucial information, with constant updates that track the ever changing human footprint across the Earth. It is likely you have come to harness the capabilities of Satellite imagery at one point or another – whether

1403, 2022

LiDAR Quality Levels

By |March 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Engineering, LiDAR, Locations and Data, Topography|0 Comments

LiDAR Quality Levels What is LiDAR data? LiDAR is a radar technology that uses light to measure distances. It is often used in conjunction with other remote sensing technologies, such as GPS and aerial photography. There are a number of commercial LiDAR devices available on the market, and the technology is becoming more and more popular among engineers and students. LiDAR data is

1403, 2022

The Top 10 Alternatives to ArcGIS

By |March 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Engineering, GIS Software, QGIS|0 Comments

The Top 10 Alternatives to ArcGIS Find the best GIS platform for your project GIS software is a powerful tool that enables for the presentation, collection, manipulation, management, and analysis of spatial data. It is therefore no surprise that it is used in such a variety of industries ranging from transportation and infrastructure, to environmental planning and disaster response. Currently, ArcGIS is one of the

803, 2022

Working with units and projections in Equator

By |March 8th, 2022|Categories: Blog, User Guide|0 Comments

User Guide / Working with units and projections Working with units and coordinate systems in Equator View and export elevation data in the right format for your job This article explains how to work with elevation data (contours, LiDAR point clouds, DEMs) in different units and coordinate systems. Tutorial

203, 2022

How to Create a 3D Map in QGIS

By |March 2nd, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Create a 3D Map in QGIS in 5 Steps: Upload Data Generate 3D Map View Set Type Adjust Vertical Scale Customize Symbology Step 1 Upload Data We begin by uploading our DEM (Digital Elevation Model) from the Equator Site Builder. You may extract your DEM from any source you find appropriate, however, for our purposes we use

2302, 2022

How to Clip a Shapefile in QGIS

By |February 23rd, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Clip a Shapefile in 3 Steps: Open Shapefile in QGIS Generate a Clip Boundary Clip Input Layer Step 1 Open the shapefile in QGIS In this example, we use a contour line shapefile exported from the Equator Site Builder. Working with large contour data sets in other applications, like desktop CAD software, can be challenging due to

1402, 2022

Create Roblox maps from real-world topographical data!

By |February 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Digital Elevation Model, LiDAR, Locations and Data, Topography, Trends, Tutorials, Uncategorized, User Guide|0 Comments

Create Roblox maps from real-world topographical data! How can we create life-like Roblox levels? Use real-world LiDAR scans in your Roblox map to create realistic terrain for an added extra level of detail in your custom game experience. Which Location do we want to export? Click 'Search', then type in the name of the place you're looking

202, 2022

Raster vs Vector Data Formats in GIS

By |February 2nd, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Raster vs Vector EquatorStudios    |   Feb 1, 2022 494 words    |    2 min read The Great Debate Ah yes... Raster vs Vector? A question that has divided the GIS community for years, with one side proclaiming Raster as “the master” and the other insisting Vector as “more corrector”. Ultimately, the answer to this question may never be indefinite. Depending on

2501, 2022

How to Calculate Zonal Statistics in QGIS

By |January 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Calculate Zonal Statistics in 2 Steps: Gather Data Calculate Zonal Statistics Step 1 Gather Your Data There is more than one way to acquire zonal statistics, with each method differing in some of the data required to execute the necessary processing tools. In our case, we will be using the Zonal Statistics tool which will require a

2501, 2022

Open STL Files using Windows Paint 3D

By |January 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|0 Comments

Open an STL Terrain File in Paint 3D: Find an STL file Open the file in Paint 3D Change the model colour Adjust lighting Capture a screenshot Step 1 Find or create an STL File In this example, we thought it would be cool to see how Paint 3D could handle a high-resolution STL terrain file extracted from Equator. 

2401, 2022

Top 12 Winning Engineering Proposal Tips for 2022

By |January 24th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|0 Comments

Top 12 Winning Engineering Proposal Tips for 2022 It’s January 2022, and the time has never been better to brush up on your proposal writing skills. Engineering proposal writing is a skill that anyone can improve at. It requires a healthy balance of technical and sales know-how to really excel. When you figure out how to make this balance work for you, your proposals will

2401, 2022

How to Create a Hillshade in QGIS

By |January 24th, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Create a Hillshade in 3 Steps: Upload DEM Data Generate a Hillshade Change the Symbology Step 1 Upload DEM Data Before you can create a hillshade, you will need data. We begin with uploading our DEM (Digital Elevation Model) from the Equator Site Builder. We use Equator’s Site Builder as it provides us with a plethora of

2101, 2022

How to Create Contours in QGIS

By |January 21st, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Create Contours in 3 Steps: Upload DEM Data Fill Sinks Generate Contours Step 1 Upload DEM Data Before we can create contours, we need data! We begin by uploading our DEM (Digital Elevation Model) from the Equator Site Builder. We use Equator’s Site Builder as it provides us with a plethora of high-resolution elevation data, with advanced features

2101, 2022

How to Extract Surface Flow Directions in QGIS

By |January 21st, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How to Extract Surface Flow Directions in 7 Steps Upload DEM Data Fill Sinks Generate the Stream Network Change the Symbology Identify a Threshold Generate the Flow Direction Change the Symbology of Flow Direction Step 1 Upload DEM Data Before we can extract any surface flow directions, we will need to upload our DEM (Digital Elevation Model) from the Equator

1901, 2022

How to Delineate a Watershed in QGIS

By |January 19th, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Delineate a Watershed in 8 Steps Find DEM data Fill Sinks Generate the Stream Network Generate a Polyline of the Stream Network Project Outlet Point Extract Coordinates of Outlet Point Generate Watershed of the Stream Network Raster to Vector Step 1 Find DEM Data  Image of our uploaded DEM from the Equator Site Builder Before

1301, 2022

Topographic Survey

By |January 13th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Topographic Surveying EquatorStudios    |   January 11, 2022 1,721 words    |    10 min read Navigating Earth Our planet is a fascinating place—full of peaks, valleys, natural habitats, and man-made features. When navigating Earth’s diverse terrain, topographic maps and their data provides a plethora of information. Presenting us with a detailed overview of a landscape, topographic data outlines elements such as contours

1812, 2021

How to Make 3D Printed Topographic Maps and Terrains

By |December 18th, 2021|Categories: 3D Printing, Blog, Digital Elevation Model, LiDAR, Topography, Uncategorized|0 Comments

MAKE ANYTHING Making your own 3D printed topographic maps is easy with Equator! Want to learn how to make your own 3D printed Christmas gifts? Follow this tutorial to learn how! How to download and 3d print really detailed maps Step 1: Open the online Equator platform