Mesh Decimation Service

You can use our fully-automated mesh decimation service if you don't want to download and process the raw data by yourself. We can offer this service for regions whose authorities have released their digital elevation models under licenses that allow us to use their data in a commercial setting. As of July 2017 our database covers 260,000 km² all across Europe. Please note that we can't guarantee that the data is without errors and suitable for your needs.

To use our mesh decimation service you'll have to purchase decimation keys from ShareIT/Digital River after you've used up the three free keys included in every planlauf/TERRAIN installation. Please remember that we charge for the mesh decimation only, the original data is available for free from the original sources. For each requested Zip-package one decimation key is required and you can select an area of up to 100,000,000 points. You can use these files with the free version of planlauf/TERRAIN, purchasing the full version is not necessary.

Please follow the steps below the table to get one of your free planlauf/TERRAIN Zip-packages. You can also have a look at our What's new?-video.

Supported Regions

Region Resolution Attribution
Austria / Wien 1 m Stadt Wien -
Belgium / Vlaanderen 1 m Bevat overheidsinformatie verkregen onder de Gratis Open Data Licentie Vlaanderen v. 1.2 (
Denmark 1 m Indeholder GeoDanmark-data fra Styrelsen for Dataforsyning og Effektivisering og Danske kommuner, June 2017 (
Germany / Berlin 1 m Geoportal Berlin / Digitales Gelaendemodell (
Germany / Hamburg 1 m Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Landesbetrieb Geoinformation und Vermessung, 2014 (
Germany / Hannover 1 m Landeshauptstadt Hannover, FB Planen und Stadtentwicklung, Bereich Geoinformation
Germany / Nordrhein-Westfalen 1 m Digitales Gelaendemodell: Land NRW 2017 (
Germany / Thüringen 2 m (c) GDI-Th (
Italy / Friuli Venezia Giulia 1 m Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia (
Italy / Südtirol 2,5 m Autonome Provinz Bozen - Südtirol | Abteilung Natur, Landschaft und Raumentwicklung (
Italy / Trentino 1 m Provincia Autonoma di Trento (
Italy / Valle d'Aosta 2 m Dati estratti dal Modello Digitale del Terreno (DTM) della Regione Autonoma Valle d’Aosta (
Malta 1 m ERDF 156 data, (2013), Developing National Environmental Monitoring Infrastructure and Capacity, Malta Environment & Planning Authority (
Netherlands 1 m Netherlands AHN2 (
Slovenia 1 m Slovenia (
Spain / Catalunya 2 m L'Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (
Spain / Euskadi 1 m GeoEuskadi (
Spain / La Rioja 2 m Gobierno de La Rioja / Espana (
Switzerland / Solothurn 1 m Kanton Solothurn (
Switzerland / Zürich 1 m Geodaten (c) GIS-ZH (
UK / South West England DSM 1 m Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Ferraccioli, F., Gerard, F., Robinson, C., Jordan, T., Biszczuk, M., Ireland, L., Beasley, M., Vidamour, A., Barker, A., Arnold, R., Dinn, M., Fox, A., Howard, A. (2014). LiDAR based Digital Surface Model (DSM) data for South West England (
UK / South West England DTM 1 m Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Ferraccioli, F., Gerard, F., Robinson, C., Jordan, T., Biszczuk, M., Ireland, L., Beasley, M., Vidamour, A., Barker, A., Arnold, R., Dinn, M., Fox, A., Howard, A. (2014). LiDAR based Digital Terrain Model (DTM) data for South West England ( and Environment Agency, contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0 (

How to request a planlauf/TERRAIN Zip-package

  1. Click on the 'Request a planlauf/TERRAIN Zip-package' icon.
  2. The region button shows the shape of the currently selected region. Click on it to open the menu.
  3. Choose 'Germany'.
  4. Choose 'Nordrhein-Westfalen'.

If you plan to use the model for hiking, you can import a GPX or KML track and show it on the map. You will then get the Zip-package with a readily imported track. If you don't have a GPX or KML track you can simply skip this step.

  1. Click on the 'Import GPX/KML Tracks' icon.
  2. Choose a GPX file.
  3. Click 'Open'.
  1. Click on the 'Select Area' icon.
  2. Draw a selection rectangle and adjust the corners by dragging the orange points
  1. Click on the 'Request planlauf/TERRAIN Zip-package' icon.
  2. Enter the name of the model.
  3. Enter an Email address to which we can send the download link.
  4. Choose a profile (tablet, laptop or desktop).
  5. Click on the request button.
  1. You will get an Email when the mesh decimation has been started and another Email once the model is ready.
  2. Right-click on the download link and select 'Save Link As' and save the plfzip-file to your Documents folder.
  1. Click on the 'Open' icon.
  2. Select 'Zip-package'.
  3. Choose the plfzip-file in your Documents folder and click 'Open'.
  1. That's it, notice how the original point count of 10,000,000 was reduced to only 63,286.

No warranty or liability

All planlauf/TERRAIN Zip-packages are provided without any warranty of any kind whatsoever, either express or implied, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The creators of the product shall not be liable for incidental, consequential, or special damages arising out of the use of any data.