Surface Modeling

Surface Modeling

Surface modeling seeks to represent landform characteristics and attached features both natural and man-made in a digital model where measurements can be made and designs can take shape.

DSM (Digital Surface Model)

A Digital Surface Model captures the natural and man-made features on the Earth’s surface. A DSM is useful in 3D modeling for telecommunications, urban planning and aviation. Because some objects extrude from the Earth, this is particularly useful in these examples:

  • Runway approach zone encroachment. In aviation, DSMs can determine runway obstructions in the approach zone.
  • Vegetation management. Along a transmission line, DSMs can see where and how much vegetation is encroaching.
  • View obstruction. Urban planners use DSM to check how a proposed building would affect the viewshed of residents and businesses.

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