United States Elevation Hillshade Generator

Create a hillshade in minutes from built-in, centimeter accurate elevation data. Equator is an easy to use hillshade generator for civil engineers, architects, landscape professionals and more.

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Generating hillshades on the fly

Using Equator, anyone can create a hillshade in minutes. Simply draw a polygon around your site, specify the resolution and generate a hillshade for your project faster than ever before! No surveyor required.

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High-resolution elevation data

Equator creates hillshades from high-resolution elevation data, using built-in public LiDAR data sets for Canada and the United States. Creating hillshades from LiDAR means that you are starting with the best available data, sometimes accurate to a few centimeters! When you create a hillshade in Equator, LiDAR data is processed on the fly into an elevation hillshade for your site.

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Easily view your hillshade in GIS Software

Do you need to extract an elevation hillshade for ArcMap or QGIS? No problem! Download your hillshade as a GeoTiff and import into your GIS software in minutes. Visualize your project site on day one, without waiting for ground surveys.

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View massive rasters instantly

Is your raster data rendering slowly in ArcMap or QGIS? Tired of waiting for raster data to load? When you export a hillshade in Equator, you can view raster data instantly, right in your browser, and share it with others with just a few clicks.

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Next-generation topographic mapping software

No other platform allows users to create and extract hillshades from built-in, centimeter accurate LiDAR data in just a few clicks. Generating a hillshade to visualize a site has never been easier!

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Let us know what you are working on and how we can help! Our team of mapping specialists is available to answer questions and show how to maximize the benefit of Equator for your projects.

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