These pictures are meant to give you an impression about how planlauf/TERRAIN and the Digital Elevation Models look like. You can get the full resolution pictures by clicking on the corresponding headline.

This model of Tirol was generated from 8 separate ASC-files (Source: Land Tirol - with a total vertex count of 217'197'384 including points without height data. The mesh decimation with a small normal deviation of 0.1 led to a high-quality model with 34'183'355 vertices. The overdraw factor on a Full-HD display is 34'183'355/(1920*1080) = 16.5 meaning that for each screen pixel at least 16.5 pixels have to be drawn by the GPU. To address this inefficiency, we added the Level-Of-Detail calculation during import. The route to the Ruderhofspitze is taken from The height profile shows that there is a height difference of 1732 m and a distance of 5427 m with quite a steady slope.

This is the same model of Tirol (Source: Land Tirol - as before. In the picture there are five summits marked with pins: red = Wildspitze, yellow = Weißer Kogel, green = Ramolkogel, light blue = Firmisanschneide, dark blue = Talleitspitze. The height plane is switched on and set to an elevation of 2500 m.

This model was generated from 24 tiles with a size of 2x2 km² and a resolution of 1 meter (Source: Data licence Germany – attribution – Version 2.0, Due to some missing points because of the borders to the Netherlands and Belgium there were 93'923'894 original vertices. The mesh decimation with a normal deviation of 0.1 generated a high-quality model with 3'592'923 vertices. The picture shows the locations of about 800 bomb craters from WWII which were automatically detected with the Crater Detection feature.

This is the same model of Aachen as before (Source: Data licence Germany – attribution – Version 2.0, The locations of the bomb craters were used to create a heatmap. Especially in the wooden areas of the Aachen Municipal Forest and the Lousberg, many bomb craters from WWII can still be found. The diameter of the craters range from 6 to 24 meters.

This model of the 8x4 km² area near Odenthal (Source: Data licence Germany – attribution – Version 2.0, with a resolution of 1 meter was decimated to 446'380 vertices with a normal deviation of 0.2. The picture shows the Fly-through along the hiking trail 'Schwarzpulverroute' (Odenthal).

This model of Luxembourg (2586 km²) with a resolution of 5 m was generated from a 215'040'000 vertices ASC-file (Source: The mesh decimation with a normal deviation of 0.2 produced a low vertex count of only 458'001. The picture illustrates the topograhy of Luxembourg with lots of streams and rivers and the high ground of the Ardennes in the North.

This picture shows the 5 m-Digital Elevation Model of Gran Canaria (LiDAR-PNOA assigned by © Instituto Geográfico Nacional). It's an 8K-UHD JPG file with 7614x4320 pixels. planlauf/TERRAIN is able to generate screenshots with even higher resolutions but we wanted to keep the download time reasonable.

The original vertex count of this model of Solothurn / Balsthal (data downloaded from was 64'000'000. The decimated model with a normal deviation of 0.2 has only 1'229'890 vertices which can easily be displayed by a basic Windows tablet. The picture shows a manually designed hiking trail both in the model and in the Bing Maps window.

This models shows 16x8 km² of the vicinity of Stonehenge near Amesbury (UK). The red square indicates Stonehenge itself and the heatmap shows the distribution of 143 round barrows. The data is from the Environment Agency, some areas are not covered by lidar data and were left blank by planlauf/TERRAIN.

This model contains three tile files with a total of 51'222'484 vertices and shows Denali, North Americas highest mountain peak. The red track is the West Buttress Route with a total length of 16600 m. The West Rib Route in blue is 12600 m long. Both have an altitude difference of 3900 m. The data is from the Elevation Datasets in Alaska.