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Easily import images and terrain meshes from any part of the world to AutoCAD™, Civil 3D™ and BricsCAD™, and export your 3D CAD models to Google Earth™.

Now it's easier than ever to insert your images, objects and terrain meshes.

What's new in CAD-Earth 7?

  • Import and export 3D models from DAE, 3DS, FBX, and OBJ files to AutoCAD, and export them and other 3D entities such as 3D solids, regions, meshes or polymeshes to Google Earth. 3D entities contained in regular or nested blocks can also be exported.
  • Terrain mesh editing commands to insert, delete, move, adjust elevation, flatten vertices, and invert, delete, or cut triangles. Break lines can be inserted to refine the terrain configuration. The mesh can be smoothed and adjusted to a control mesh or control points.
  • Import terrain meshesfrom LiDAR and DEM files (GeoTIFF, DEM, HGT, E00, MEM, CAT.DDF), specifying mesh properties and refinement options and other processing parameters, with the option to process the entire file or to select the area to process.
  • Export terrain mesh to a text XYZ or GeoTIFF file.
  • Terrain Mesh Explorer, to organize your projects and have access to mesh importing, editing and visualization commands. By right-clicking on a node, a context menu will be displayed to select commands according to the node selected.
  • Profile Viewer. Display profile sections from selected terrain meshes by defining a cutting line. You can adjust the vertical scale for the profiles, measure distance and slope selecting two points, and zoom to extents or to a window.
  • Perform cut/fill volume calculations by the grid method. Depths between the mesh and a comparison mesh are calculated at every grid intersection inside a defined region. Every element of the grid can be customized, specifying line type, color, layer and scale, text size, style, and color .
  • Get Excel cut/fill volume reports, showing the average cut/fill depth, the cell partial area, cut/fill area, and volume at each grid station. The grid cell width and height, shrinkage percent, strip topsoil depth, and net cut/fill areas and volumes are also shown.
  • New improvements. Option to save the image in the drawing to avoiding empty images when the file path is not found. Entities contained in blocks and nested blocks can now be exported to Google Earth or a KMZ file.

See a side by side comparison of all CAD-Earth versions.

Why choose CAD-Earth?

With over 10,000 worldwide users and counting, we offer...

Easy to use commands

You can pick CAD-Earth commands from a toolbar, from the screen menu or at the command prompt. Automatic command loading in each CAD session and extensive help in each step.

Accurate image and object placement

You can define precise conversion parameters between your drawing and latitude/longitude coordinates by locating the site in a map, by selecting two points in the drawing or by choosing from more than 3000 coordinate systems worldwide.

Dynamic object updating

When you modify object settings the corresponding contour lines, profiles or sections are dynamically updated.

The most flexible pricing in the industry

We offer perpetual licenses and annual subscriptions, with free technical support and updates.

Works with Google Earth and Cesium and multiple CAD/Windows platforms. 

It can be used with Google Earth free and Pro versions and in major CAD platforms (AutoCAD®  and BricsCAD®). On Windows® 7, 8 & 10 64 bits.

Free Technical Support

Online Help, Tutorials and Videos
Support via e-mail
Support via remote control
New features requests

See a side by side comparison between CAD-Earth and our competitors.

What are the advantages of using CAD-Earth?

  • Get high- resolution Images at no extra cost. Up to 256 curvature corrected image tiles with maximum close-up zoom can be obtained to cover large areas.
  • Automatic Google Earth startup and object location. When you export objects and images or import a terrain configuration Google Earth will be automatically activated to show the exact location where the objects are placed. This way, you can be sure that your settings are right.
  • Commands can be easily executed, accepting the default options. If you set options for a dialog box, they will be automatically saved.
  • Dynamic object updating. When you modify object settings the corresponding contour lines, profiles or sections are dynamically updated.
  • Flexible georeferencing. You can insert images or terrain meshes in any part of your drawing without georeferencing. If your drawing is already georeferenced by AutoCAD or Civil 3D, the objects will be automatically placed in the correct location.
  • Affordable licensing costs. Our license prices are up to 50% lower than our competitors. Additional discounts are available from 10% to 30% according to the number of licenses.
  • Floating licenses. You can use the CAD-Earth license on any computer as long as another user is not using it.
  • Pause or restart your subscription at any time from CAD-Earth, without the need to contact us. You will be able to use CAD-Earth for the remaining time period after pausing the subscription.
  • Permanent licenses also available without a subscription, with free updates for 1 year. You can upgrade later at any time for a fraction of the original cost, without obligation.
  • Free technical support. Remote technical support via TeamViewer® is available on request at no extra charge. You can chat directly with our programmers at our web page, send us an email, or submit a support ticket also.

CAD-Earth comparison with our competitors

Import curvature corrected high resolution tiled imagesYES   All license types, no extra cost.YES Only in Business or Enterprise versions at an additional cost.
Import objects from Google Earth™ or from KML/KMZ files.YES  Dialog box provided to set importing options.YES  No graphical interface. No importing options provided.
Export drawing entities to Google Earth™ KML/KMZ files
YES  Dialog box provided to set exporting options.YES  No graphical interface. Point and text objects can’t be exported.
Export a drawing as an image overlay to Google Earth™
YES  Options to set background color and transparency.YES  Feature not provided.
Import terrain mesh inside a closed polyline.
YES   Dialog box to set grid resolution and rotation, mesh properties and show the grid in Google Earth.YES   No graphical interface. Mesh resolution, grid spacing, resolution and rotation can't be set.
Import terrain mesh along a path.
YES  Distance to the left and right and between stations can be set.YES  Feature not provided.
Commands to edit  terrain meshes.
YES  Invert, delete and cut triangles, refine mesh border, insert, delete, flatten and move vertices among others.YES  Feature not provided.
Export 3D models to Google Earth™   
NO  Dialog box to set view heading and tilt.YES   No graphical interface. View options can’t be set.
Import 3D models from file
NO  Import from DAE, 3DS, FBX, OBJ files. Options to select linear units, Z-Up direction, merge coplanar faces and shade the model.YES  Feature not provided.
Import terrain mesh from text file
NO  Dialog box to select the file format, data and decimal separator. File can be previewed before importing.YES  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.
NO  Mesh properties, refinement options and other processing parameters can be specified. An area to process can be selected.YES  Feature not provided.
Import terrain mesh from LandXML file.
NO Dialog box to preview mesh information and set mesh properties. LandXML files from Civil 3D™ can be imported.YES  Feature not provided.
Create terrain mesh from points.
NO  Mesh properties such as name, description, color, layer, visualization mode, linear units, and boundary parameters can be specified.YES  No graphical interface. Mesh properties can’t be set. Mesh boundary can’t be refined.
Create mesh from polylines
NO  Dialog box to set mesh properties. 3D polylines can be selected.YES  No graphical interface. Mesh properties can’t be set. 3D polylines can’t be selected.
Create mesh from 3D faces.
NO  Dialog box to set mesh properties.YES  Feature not provided.
Export terrain mesh to LandXML file
NO  File created can be imported by Civil 3D™ and other CAD software.YES  Feature not provided.
Terrain mesh visualization styles.
NO  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.YES Only elevation, slope and direction ranges can be visualized.
Historical imagery.
NO  Historical imagery date can be selected in Google Earth before importing the image.*YES  Historical imagery can be selected at an additional cost.
Mesh 3D Viewer NO  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.NO  Feature not provided.
Mesh ExplorerNO  Tool to organize your projects and access mesh importing, editing and visualization commands from context menus.NO  Feature not provided.
Insert georeferenced imageNO  Dialog box to select image path type and initial directory. Option to save image within drawing.NO  No graphical interface. No option to save image within the drawing.
Get cross sections and profiles from terrain meshNO   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.NO  Feature not provided.
Georeferencing. NO  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.NO  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. NO  You can specify any point in the drawing and the insertion units, if you don’t need them to be georeferenced.NO  Feature not provided.
Technical SupportNO  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.NO   Support is offered only by email or by submitting a support request at their website.


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