Looking for a digital terrain model software?
Easily create a 3D terrain model of your land survey
importing data directly from Google Maps!!


Edificius and Edificius-LAND have all the tools and functionalities of a specific digital terrain modelling software.

The software functions for terrain modelling in Edificius and Edificius-LAND allow you to truly work the SMART way:

  • more productive thanks to the various design levels of the terrain;
  • easier to use with the graphical terrain modelling tools;
  • more integrated with the architectural environment of the BIM model.


The terrain modelling features allow you to:

  • rebuild a topographic survey, even complex, from land surveys in DXF/DWG CAD file formats, or even from Google Maps® satellite imagery
  • reshape the land with real earthworks (earthworks, fills, escarpments) automatically obtaining all relevant metric data for the calculation of earthwork surfaces and volumes
  • integrate terrain modelling with all other landscape design elements (trees, vegetation, roads, yards, walls, garden furniture, etc.)

Rebuild a complex topographic land survey

Quickly rebuild the BIM model of a complex topographic survey working directly in plan view (2D) or in 3D.
Get professional results in an extremely simple and intuitive manner with contour lines, topo plans and elevation nodes.
Automatically acquire all the information (planimetric and height) from topographic land surveys in both 2D and 3D CAD file formats or directly online from Google Maps® satellite imagery.
Digitally model any sort of terrain by means of advanced modelling tools such as the the “Contour Line” and “Topographic Contour plan” objects with contour lines or triangulation vertices at known altitudes.
The elevation node allows precise terrain modelling details (small localised soil depressions or mounds) with known elevation node values.
You can represent existing waterways (sea, rivers, lakes, etc.) and even design custom shaped swimming pools, fountains, ponds and small streams using the “Expanse of Water” object.
Import topographic land surveys as DXF/DWG CAD files and automatically generate the digital terrain model using the “DXF/DWG” survey recognition tool.
Specify an area to be detected directly from Google Maps® and, with a simple click, automatically rebuild the elevation profile thanks to the powerful Google Maps® satellite imagery Importer.

A digital terrain model software that uses various levels of earthworks that are neatly organized into project levels.

Terrain and outdoor spaces can be modeled according to progression stages (by earthworks, cut & Fills, escarpments, etc.) in different project levels.
Terrain metric data, including volumes and surfaces, are continuously calculated and updated dynamically in relation to each project phase.
Other advanced modelling tools, such as the “Earthworks” and “linear excavation” tools, allow an anthropic approach to terrain modelling. Insert cuts and fills, trenches, embankments, fixed section excavations and of any shape or form.
The terrain model will automatically adapt to the profile of the inserted objects by automatically adapting the surrounding where necessary.
The object “Terrain Area” object allows you to visually define different terrain materials on the soil surface, to represent the different soil configurations (soil, grass, rocks, etc.) or represent particular grass turfs and mulches when addressing gardens and outdoor spaces design.


Complete the terrain model with trees, roads and furniture

Outdoor spaces can be enriched with urban or rural landscape elements such as trees, bushes, plants, roads, squares, yards and furniture, etc.
The “Tree” object pushes your gardens and outdoor spaces design further by supplying an wide range of high quality photo-realistic tree types, bushes and plants, that can easily be downloaded from the program’s on-line catalogue.
The “Vegetation” object speeds up vegetation input by automatically scattering these elements over specified surfaces or along paths.
The vegetation is distributed randomly at terrain level according to various parameters such as density, size and disorder for a much more visually realistic effect.

The “Road and Yard” objects allow you to insert paved walkways, paths, bike paths, etc. with great ease and by defining any form or material.
The “Solid on terrain” object gives the designer even more creative freedom to draw using solid extrusion profiles to model curbs, gutters, etc.
The “Landscaping wall” object, used for representing retaining walls, garden walls, etc. automatically adapts the surrounding terrain by generating the necessary backfill volumes.
The “Panel” object can model trellises, fences, gates, etc.
Other specific objects, such as the “Flower beds and Swimming pools” allow easy modelling of land filled areas, flower beds and pools of any shape and material including lifelike wave animations, ripples, reflections and light refractions on the water surface.
The “Shed” object brings extra design flexibility to model sheds and gazebos or other architectural elements.
The 3D Model allows you to insert external 3D source objects created with other 3D solid modellers and supplied in many widely used formats (.3ds, .skp, .obj, .lwo, etc.) to complete your digital terrain model with typical landscaping design elements such as benches, street lamps, fountains, etc.

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(Edificius is also available in Chinese)