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Creating Terrain from X,Y,Z Data

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I would like to create some special terrain in FS2002 from X,Y,Z data. X and Y being rectangular coordinates and Z being the height of the terraine at position X,Y. The X,Y,Z coordinates represent some scientific data that I would like to fly over in FS2002. It would be a lot of fun to inspect and demo my data in FS. I don't know anything about terrain or scenery design but from what I have found so far, my impression is that I need the terrain elevation data in the form of a DEM file. Does anyone know of an application that will create a DEM file form X,Y,Z tables? I would be like to have all terrain at the same height (Z) be the same color. If no such application exists, I create a DEM file from the grayscale value in a bit map? Is this not the right Forum for this question can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks, Tom

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Hello Tom,No idea how you can make a DEM file from a table, but you may want to take a look at Grises50 (available in major libraries) for creating the DEM file from gray scale.I believe that TerraBuilder does not presently handle altitude mesh - perhaps Misho could confirm or infirm?Ground2K (in the library) can also create an altitude mesh (although I think that it uses a different method from the usual.)Best regards.Luis

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Luis, Thanks for the tip. I'll look at Grises50. I'm surprised that I haven't found something yet. There has to be something out there.Tom

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No, at the moment, TB does not handle mesh. I am in a (long overdue) process of implementing this. I am also holding out for the SRTM data to become widely available.

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Well, if you could manage to convert your set of data to be x=pixels in lenght, y=pixels in width and z=pixels in grayscale(0 to 255) then Martin Wright's FSTerrain could do the rest...Frank

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