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404, 2022

Satellite Imagery

By |April 4th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Engineering, Environmental, Locations and Data|0 Comments

Satellite Imagery A Product of The 'Data Revolution' Satellite Imagery are images of the Earth captured using satellites and other similar aircraft-based sensor technologies. These images are an asset in obtaining crucial information, with constant updates that track the ever changing human footprint across the Earth. It is likely you have come to harness the capabilities of Satellite imagery at one point or another – whether

1403, 2022

LiDAR Quality Levels

By |March 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Engineering, LiDAR, Locations and Data, Topography|0 Comments

LiDAR Quality Levels What is LiDAR data? LiDAR is a radar technology that uses light to measure distances. It is often used in conjunction with other remote sensing technologies, such as GPS and aerial photography. There are a number of commercial LiDAR devices available on the market, and the technology is becoming more and more popular among engineers and students. LiDAR data is

1403, 2022

The Top 10 Alternatives to ArcGIS

By |March 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Engineering, GIS Software, QGIS|0 Comments

The Top 10 Alternatives to ArcGIS Find the best GIS platform for your project GIS software is a powerful tool that enables for the presentation, collection, manipulation, management, and analysis of spatial data. It is therefore no surprise that it is used in such a variety of industries ranging from transportation and infrastructure, to environmental planning and disaster response. Currently, ArcGIS is one of the

803, 2022

Working with units and projections in Equator

By |March 8th, 2022|Categories: Blog, User Guide|0 Comments

User Guide / Working with units and projections Working with units and coordinate systems in Equator View and export elevation data in the right format for your job This article explains how to work with elevation data (contours, LiDAR point clouds, DEMs) in different units and coordinate systems. Tutorial

203, 2022

How to Create a 3D Map in QGIS

By |March 2nd, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Create a 3D Map in QGIS in 5 Steps: Upload Data Generate 3D Map View Set Type Adjust Vertical Scale Customize Symbology Step 1 Upload Data We begin by uploading our DEM (Digital Elevation Model) from the Equator Site Builder. You may extract your DEM from any source you find appropriate, however, for our purposes we use

2302, 2022

How to Clip a Shapefile in QGIS

By |February 23rd, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Clip a Shapefile in 3 Steps: Open Shapefile in QGIS Generate a Clip Boundary Clip Input Layer Step 1 Open the shapefile in QGIS In this example, we use a contour line shapefile exported from the Equator Site Builder. Working with large contour data sets in other applications, like desktop CAD software, can be challenging due to

1402, 2022

Create Roblox maps from real-world topographical data!

By |February 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Digital Elevation Model, LiDAR, Locations and Data, Topography, Trends, Tutorials, Uncategorized, User Guide|0 Comments

Create Roblox maps from real-world topographical data! How can we create life-like Roblox levels? Use real-world LiDAR scans in your Roblox map to create realistic terrain for an added extra level of detail in your custom game experience. Which Location do we want to export? Click 'Search', then type in the name of the place you're looking

202, 2022

Raster vs Vector Data Formats in GIS

By |February 2nd, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Raster vs Vector EquatorStudios    |   Feb 1, 2022 494 words    |    2 min read The Great DebateAh yes... Raster vs Vector? A question that has divided the GIS community for years, with one side proclaiming Raster as “the master” and the other insisting Vector as “more corrector”. Ultimately, the answer to this question may never be indefinite. Depending on the project

2501, 2022

How to Calculate Zonal Statistics in QGIS

By |January 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Calculate Zonal Statistics in 2 Steps: Gather Data Calculate Zonal Statistics Step 1 Gather Your Data There is more than one way to acquire zonal statistics, with each method differing in some of the data required to execute the necessary processing tools. In our case, we will be using the Zonal Statistics tool which will require a

2501, 2022

Open STL Files using Windows Paint 3D

By |January 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|0 Comments

Open an STL Terrain File in Paint 3D: Find an STL file Open the file in Paint 3D Change the model colour Adjust lighting Capture a screenshot Step 1 Find or create an STL File In this example, we thought it would be cool to see how Paint 3D could handle a high-resolution STL terrain file extracted from Equator. 

2401, 2022

Top 12 Winning Engineering Proposal Tips for 2022

By |January 24th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Tutorials|0 Comments

Top 12 Winning Engineering Proposal Tips for 2022 It’s January 2022, and the time has never been better to brush up on your proposal writing skills. Engineering proposal writing is a skill that anyone can improve at. It requires a healthy balance of technical and sales know-how to really excel. When you figure out how to make this balance work for you, your proposals will

2401, 2022

How to Create a Hillshade in QGIS

By |January 24th, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Create a Hillshade in 3 Steps: Upload DEM Data Generate a Hillshade Change the Symbology Step 1 Upload DEM Data Before you can create a hillshade, you will need data. We begin with uploading our DEM (Digital Elevation Model) from the Equator Site Builder. We use Equator’s Site Builder as it provides us with a plethora of

2101, 2022

How to Create Contours in QGIS

By |January 21st, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Create Contours in 3 Steps: Upload DEM Data Fill Sinks Generate Contours Step 1 Upload DEM Data Before we can create contours, we need data! We begin by uploading our DEM (Digital Elevation Model) from the Equator Site Builder. We use Equator’s Site Builder as it provides us with a plethora of high-resolution elevation data, with advanced features

2101, 2022

How to Extract Surface Flow Directions in QGIS

By |January 21st, 2022|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How to Extract Surface Flow Directions in 7 Steps Upload DEM Data Fill Sinks Generate the Stream Network Change the Symbology Identify a Threshold Generate the Flow Direction Change the Symbology of Flow Direction Step 1 Upload DEM Data Before we can extract any surface flow directions, we will need to upload our DEM (Digital Elevation Model) from the Equator

1901, 2022

How to Delineate a Watershed in QGIS

By |January 19th, 2022|Categories: Blog, QGIS, Tutorials|0 Comments

How to Delineate a Watershed in 8 Steps Find DEM data Fill Sinks Generate the Stream Network Generate a Polyline of the Stream Network Project Outlet Point Extract Coordinates of Outlet Point Generate Watershed of the Stream Network Raster to Vector Step 1 Find DEM Data  Image of our uploaded DEM from the Equator Site Builder Before

1301, 2022

Topographic Survey

By |January 13th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Topographic Surveying EquatorStudios    |   January 11, 2022 1,721 words    |    10 min read Navigating Earth Our planet is a fascinating place—full of peaks, valleys, natural habitats, and man-made features. When navigating Earth’s diverse terrain, topographic maps and their data provides a plethora of information. Presenting us with a detailed overview of a landscape, topographic data outlines elements such as contours

1812, 2021

How to Make 3D Printed Topographic Maps and Terrains

By |December 18th, 2021|Categories: 3D Printing, Blog, Digital Elevation Model, LiDAR, Topography, Uncategorized|0 Comments

MAKE ANYTHING Making your own 3D printed topographic maps is easy with Equator! Want to learn how to make your own 3D printed Christmas gifts? Follow this tutorial to learn how! How to download and 3d print really detailed maps Step 1: Open the online Equator platform

912, 2021

Equator Launches Washington DC LiDAR Data

By |December 9th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Locations and Data|0 Comments

Equator Launches the Washington DC LiDAR data set Equator provides unprecedented access to centimeters of accuracy, in a user-friendly online design platform. Last Updated: December 09, 2021 Access LiDAR Data Equator is pleased to announce the launch of the Washington DC LiDAR dataset in Equator. The Washington DC LiDAR data set covers approximately 17,700 ha and was collected in

912, 2021

How to Make a LiDAR Map

By |December 9th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How to Make a LiDAR Map How to Make a LiDAR Map using Equator Visit Equator Studios Search for a location that you would like to create a LiDAR map Zoom in using the scroll wheel to focus in on a specific area When the button on-screen turns green and reads, "Add a New Site Here", click the button to

912, 2021

Equator Launches Albuquerque LiDAR Data

By |December 9th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Locations and Data|0 Comments

Equator Launches the Albuquerque LiDAR data set Equator provides unprecedented access to centimeters of accuracy, in a user-friendly online design platform. Last Updated: December 08, 2021 Access LiDAR Data Equator is pleased to announce the launch of the Albuquerque LiDAR dataset in Equator. The Albuquerque LiDAR data set covers approximately 48,000 ha and was collected in 2016. This high-resolution elevation

812, 2021

View Contourlines Online

By |December 8th, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

How to View Contourlines In less than 5 minutes you can use Equator to create accurate contourlines. What are contourlines? Contourlines curve and join along points that are the same elevation. They are used by surveyors, civil engineers and other professionals to prepare for construction projects and natural disaster analysis. How

812, 2021

Equator Launches Salt Lake City LiDAR Data

By |December 8th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Locations and Data|0 Comments

Equator Launches the Salt Lake City LiDAR data set Equator provides unprecedented access to centimeters of accuracy, in a user-friendly online design platform. Last Updated: December 08, 2021 Access LiDAR Data Equator is pleased to announce the launch of the Salt Lake City LiDAR dataset in Equator. The Salt Lake City LiDAR data set covers approximately 28,000 ha and was collected

312, 2021

Create and View Contours Map

By |December 3rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Create and View Contour Map In less than 5 minutes you can use Equator to create accurate contours. What is a Contour Map? A contour map is a map that has contour lines on it. Contour lines curve and join along points that are the same elevation. They are used by surveyors, civil engineers and other professionals

212, 2021

Equator Launches Minneapolis LiDAR Data

By |December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Locations and Data|0 Comments

Equator Launches the Minneapolis LiDAR data set Equator provides unprecedented access to centimeters of accuracy, in a user-friendly online design platform. Last Updated: December 02, 2021 Access LiDAR Data Equator is pleased to announce the launch of the Minneapolis LiDAR dataset in Equator. The Minneapolis LiDAR data set covers approximately 19,400 ha and was collected in 2016. This high-resolution elevation