Images can be imported from major service providers (Google, Google Earth, Bing,) in different resolutions (Normal, medium, high, highest) and image modes (satellite, map, hybrid) in full color or grayscale in major image formats (BMP, JPEG, TIFF).
Export CAD drawings to Google Earth as image overlays in full color, grayscale or B&W, in different image formats (BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF). Background color and opacity can be adjusted. Multiple screenshots can be taken to increase the final image resolution.
Accurately place an image world file with spatial data in your drawing, applying XY scale and translation transformations. Use this command to insert images having the corresponding world file with spatial data information. CAD-Earth has the option to create world files when importing images from Google Earth.
Lines, polylines, arcs, circles and points can be exported to Google Earth as polygons, routes or placemarks. Object line thickness, outline, fill color and opacity can be adjusted. Curve smoothness can be controlled by specifying the maximum segment length and deflection angle. Placemark name, description, scale and icon can also be set.
Images can be imported from major service providers (Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ovi) in different resolutions (Normal, medium, high, highest) and image modes (satellite, map, hybrid) in full color or grayscale in major image formats (BMP, JPEG, TIFF).
You can preview the position of selected drawing entities in a map when selecting a coordinate system to georeference a drawing. Drawing entities can be moved, scaled or rotated in the map until they match the site.
A terrain mesh can be imported selecting an existing closed polyline or along a polyline path calculating point elevations. By specifying the origin point, rotation angle and and mesh resolution the density and precision can be adjusted. The resulting mesh can be processed to get contour lines, dynamic profile and section drawings complete with annotations. You can link the site image to the mesh when importing.
Selecting an existing terrain mesh contour polylines can be created. Vertical separation, layer, color and smoothness factor for contour polylines and the text layer, color, size, prefix, suffix, decimal places and placement options for contour labels can be specified. Existing contour polylines will be automatically updated if settings are changed.
After a terrain mesh is imported to AutoCAD®, a polyline can be drawn to indicate a path where a profile and sections will be extracted. Station lines with chainage annotations will be inserted along the polyline, and the corresponding profile and sections will be created, complete with elevation, station and scale annotations. The user can specify the color, layer, text style, size and placement for each profile and section element.
Convert accurately between any coordinate system in the world and Google EarthTM. If you have georeferenced your drawing using AutoCAD® commands, CAD-Earth® can use this information to convert coordinates when importing or exporting objects, images and terrain meshes.
Georeference your drawing selecting some reference entities in your drawing (like lines, polylines, arcs and circles) and locating them in a map. You can move, rotate and scale the reference objects until they are correctly placed.
If you know the corresponding latitude and longitude coordinates of at least two points in your drawing the georeference parameters can be calculated with this information.
Get instant cut-fill volume calculations by selecting polygon points on the surface, an existing polyline or a mesh in the drawing. The area will be colored according to the depth and color defined for each cut-fill range. You can insert a summary table, along with the plan view in your drawing.
The mesh can also be displayed with colors according to defined elevation and slope ranges. The color can be applied to the whole surface, defining points on the surface, or selecting a closed polyline in the drawing. The total calculations will be shown instantly for each range.
Contour lines can be displayed defining line color, the gap between them, and the base elevation. When you change the camera position or direction, the contour lines are instantly updated.
Awesome video animations can be created defining camera position and view direction, speed and pause time. The resulting file can be opened in any mp4 compatible player, such as the Windows Media Player. You can also save and load animation sequences.
Defining a rectangle over the surface, you can view a cross section of the area. The rectangle can be moved, scaled or rotated to adjust the area, and the cross-section view will be automatically updated. You can maximize the cross section window to see more detail.
Selecting various predefined resolutions, and save it to an image file or insert it in the current drawing as a raster image reference.
3D models can be imported from files in different formats (DAE, 3DS, FBX, OBJ). Once the 3D model is inserted in the current drawing as a block, it can be rendered, shaded, copied, rotated, scaled, moved, and measured as a regular entity.
Commands to insert, delete, move, and flatten mesh vertices and triangulation. Import mesh from LiDAR, and GeoTIFF, and text files. Create, edit or select predefined mesh visualization styles.
Perform cut/fill volume calculations by the grid method. Every element of the grid can be customized, specifying line type, color, layer and scale, text size, style, and color. Get an earthwork summary report in Excel® format.
|CAD-EARTH AVAILABLE FEATURES||CAD-EARTH BASIC||CAD-EARTH PLUS||CAD-EARTH PREMIUM|
|Georeference drawing commands|
|Import image from Google Earth™
|Import objects from Google Earth™
|Export CAD screenshot to Google Earth™
|Export CAD Objects to Google Earth™
|Insert Georeferenced Images
|Make point blocks
|Export 3D models to Google Earth™
|Import 3D models from file
|Import terrain mesh from Google Earth™
|Export terrain mesh to LandXML file
|Draw contour lines
|Set mesh visibility
|Draw cross sections from mesh
|Annotate cross sections
|Draw profile from mesh
|Instantly get cut-fill volume calculations|
|Earthwork reports in Excel™ format|
|Terrain mesh editing and visualization commands|
|Create terrain mesh from contour polylines|
|Import terrain mesh from LiDAR, GeoTIFF, and text files|
|Terrain Mesh Explorer and Profile Viewer|
|View the surface by elevation or slope ranges|
|Display instant contour lines|
|Create animation videos|
|Measure distance, slope and angles directly on the mesh|
|Inspect an orthographic view of a mesh cross section|
|Take a screenshot of the current view|
|Import curvature corrected high resolution tiled images||All license types, no extra cost.||Only in Business or Enterprise versions at an additional cost.|
|Import objects from Google Earth™ or from KML/KMZ files.||Dialog box provided to set importing options.||No graphical interface. No importing options provided.|
|Export drawing entities to Google Earth™ KML/KMZ files
||Dialog box provided to set exporting options.||No graphical interface. Point and text objects can’t be exported.|
|Export a drawing as an image overlay to Google Earth™
||Options to set background color and transparency.||Feature not provided.|
|Import terrain mesh inside a closed polyline.
||Dialog box to set grid resolution and rotation, mesh properties and show the grid in Google Earth.||No graphical interface. Mesh resolution, grid spacing, resolution and rotation can't be set.|
|Import terrain mesh along a path.
||Distance to the left and right and between stations can be set.||Feature not provided.|
|Commands to edit terrain meshes. ||Invert, delete and cut triangles, refine mesh border, insert, delete, flatten and move vertices among others.||Feature not provided.|
|Export 3D models to Google Earth™ ||Dialog box to set view heading and tilt.||No graphical interface. View options can’t be set.|
|Import 3D models from file ||Import from DAE, 3DS, FBX, OBJ files. Options to select linear units, Z-Up direction, merge coplanar faces and shade the model.||Feature not provided.|
|Import terrain mesh from text file
||Dialog box to select the file format, data and decimal separator. File can be previewed before importing.||No graphical interface. X, Y, Z column numbers and data delimiter must be manually specified. File can’t be previewed.|
|Import terrain mesh from LiDAR and DEM files.
||Mesh properties, refinement options and other processing parameters can be specified. An area to process can be selected.||Feature not provided.|
|Import terrain mesh from LandXML file.
||Dialog box to preview mesh information and set mesh properties. LandXML files from Civil 3D™ can be imported.||Feature not provided.|
|Create terrain mesh from points.
||Mesh properties such as name, description, color, layer, visualization mode, linear units, and boundary parameters can be specified.||No graphical interface. Mesh properties can’t be set. Mesh boundary can’t be refined.|
|Create mesh from polylines
||Dialog box to set mesh properties. 3D polylines can be selected.||No graphical interface. Mesh properties can’t be set. 3D polylines can’t be selected.|
|Create mesh from 3D faces.
||Dialog box to set mesh properties.||Feature not provided.|
|Export terrain mesh to LandXML file
||File created can be imported by Civil 3D™ and other CAD software.||Feature not provided.|
|Terrain mesh visualization styles.
||Predefined elevation and slope ranges styles can be selected, created and saved. Mesh can be visualized as contour lines, points, boundary, slope arrows or a combination of several styles.||Only elevation, slope and direction ranges can be visualized.|
||Historical imagery date can be selected in Google Earth before importing the image.*||Historical imagery can be selected at an additional cost.|
|Mesh 3D Viewer||Instantly get cut-fill volume calculations, view the surface by elevation or slope ranges, display instant contour lines, create videos, measure distance, slope and angles directly on the mesh, and inspect cross sections.||Feature not provided.|
|Mesh Explorer||Tool to organize your projects and access mesh importing, editing and visualization commands from context menus.||Feature not provided.|
|Insert georeferenced image||Dialog box to select image path type and initial directory. Option to save image within drawing.||No graphical interface. No option to save image within the drawing.|
|Get cross sections and profiles from terrain mesh||Options to set elevation, station and scale annotations. The user can specify the color, layer, text style, size and placement for each profile and cross section element.||Feature not provided.|
|Georeferencing.||The drawing can be georeferenced by selecting a coordinate system, locating drawing entities on a map, selecting two points in the drawing , or by loading georeference parameters from a file. AutoCAD™ and Civil 3D™ georeference parameters are recognized.||The drawing can be georeferenced by selecting a coordinate system, selecting a point or typing lat/long coordinates. Georeference parameters defined by AutoCAD™ or Civil 3D™ are not recognized. Latitude / longitude values can’t be entered as degrees-minutes-seconds. Grid rotation can’t be specified.|
|Insert images, objects and terrain meshes without georeferencing the drawing.||You can specify any point in the drawing and the insertion units, if you don’t need them to be georeferenced.||Feature not provided.|
|Technical Support||You can submit a support ticket, contact us by chat at our webpage, by email or get remote assistance by TeamViewer at no extra cost.||Support is offered only by email or by submitting a support request at their website.|