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Viewing data in Equator

In this tutorial, we describe how to view elevation data in Equator.


When viewing elevation data in Equator, we start with the lidar point cloud (the highest-resolution information), and turn it into what you need for your project.  You have the option to view a 3D surface, contours or point cloud.

Step by step

  1. Open the “Topography” menu in the top ribbon
  2. Select a dataset from the drop down menu
  3. Zoom into your area of interest
  4. Check if there is data coverage (a black transparent polygon covers your site)
  5. If there is no coverage, try a different dataset or check back soon (we are always adding more data)!
  6. Expand the “View in Equator” section of the menu on the left
  7. Select the right product for your job (3D surface, contours or point cloud)
  8. Follow the instructions on screen to draw a polygon around your site and specify the resolution.

Note: The greater the area or resolution, the longer the processing time will be. You will need to provide your email to use this feature, so that we can send you a notification when the job has completed.

Image showing the Topography menu and the coverage of the USGS lidar data set (black transparent polygons)

Sample of lidar point cloud in Equator

Sample of contours in Equator