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Elevation Data Providers

L3Harris Geospatial offers a wide variety of in-house digital elevation datasets and has partnered with other leading topography providers such as Airbus and PlanetObserver to provide multi-resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM) coverage of Earth. Contact us to see the different digital surface models (DSMs) and digital terrain models (DTMs) for your area of interest – some available for download within one business day.

We provide access to a wide range of DEMs that cover every area on the Earth. Both DSMs and DTMs are available at a variety of resolutions. A DSM includes features such as vegetation and man-made structures, while a DTM will have the surface features removed so it represents bare earth. For areas of the world with insufficient levels of resolution, we have the capability and expertise to create custom elevation data applications. We are also partnered with public and private vendors who are creating new datasets worldwide.


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DEMs, DTMs, and DSMs? How are they created? Which product is right for my application?




Producing high-resolution, high-accuracy Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) and topographic contour data.

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The possibilities for 3D mapping are infinite, ranging from wireless planning, city planning, infrastructure management, disaster management, environment monitoring, to applications in public health. AW3D has successfully established a highly capable ecosystem to provide a rich line up of 3D maps worldwide. Cost effectiveness, superior quality, fast turnaround time, and the flexibility to support a wide range of formats is what makes this all possible.

Global High-resolution 3D Map


AW3D Telecom for 5G

The AW3D Telecom is the perfect 3D dataset for any simulation of wireless signal propagation. Not only does it comply with many telecommunication operators' standards, thanks to its high-accuracy, it is also applicable for any other signal propagation analyses such as car-to-car communication in a self-driving system. We provide a complete datasets optimized for those purposes, including height values acquired from high-resolution satellites, and land usage classification based on sensors.

  AW3D Telecom Data Sheet

AW3D Building

AW3D Building

The AW3D Building 3D dataset includes the shape and height of building footprints by using the latest satellite images. This dataset is for many simulations such as telecommunications, asset planning, and analysis of the view.

  AW3D Building Data Sheet


AW3D Standard

AW3D Standard is the world’s best global DEM. More than 3 million satellite images are used to create the most comprehensive high-resolution digital 3D imagery available today. AW3D Standard is based on PRISM data acquired by the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Development of AW3D Standard began in February 2014 and is the result of a public‐private partnership project among JAXA, NTT Data, and Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC).

  AW3D Data Sheet

Resolution: 5m
Vertical Accuracy: 5 m RMSE / 7 m CE90
Format: GeoTIFF and others
Coverage Map

AW3D Enhanced

High accuracy of 0.5m in both horizontal and vertical direction is realized with DigitalGlobe’s satellites. The product offers wide range line-ups of 0.5m, 1m and 2m mesh product at the same accuracy level. We combine images shot by several satellites and produce high-resolution 3D map. This provides terrain models with such high resolution that detailed variations in tree height can be determined.

  AW3D Data Sheet

Resolution: 0.5 m/ 1 m / 2 m
Format: GeoTIFF, DEM, others

Coverage Area On Demand

Airbus Defence & Space offers a wide variety of elevation data options from their elevation product suite. Their data is suitable for oil & gas terrain analysis, military activity, and planning or updating infrastructure networks. Airbus offers more comprehensive elevation data options from both optical stereo and SAR data which provides highly accurate information for any location on earth, regardless of slope, location, light or cloud conditions.

  1m to 30m DSM & DTM


Highly Precise Altrimetric Information

Elevation1 is ideally suited for any areas with little vegetation and/or no buildings. Elevation4 is ideally suited for any kind of relief (urban or environmental). Production on demand for your Area of Interest.


  • Accurate: Based on matching of very high resolution optical stereo imagery
  • Two Models: Digital Surface Models (DSM) including the "first surface" elevations & Digital Terrain Models (DTM) representing the bare Earth elevation available
  • Compliant: Suitable to HRE40 (E4) / HRE10 (E1) standards (military standards (NGA))
  • Tailored: Production on demand for your Area of Interest




Airbus Defense and Space’s WorldDEM™

WorldDEM™ provides a global (pole-to-pole) dataset of unprecedented quality, accuracy and coverage. The entire land surface of the earth has been captured by high-resolution radar to map the entire planet consistently, accurately, and completely providing the first standardized worldwide DEM. This includes remote, inaccessible and perpetually cloudy areas. The X-band radar collection method is independent of light and weather so every single place on earth is covered.

  WorldDEM Data Sheet

Resolution: 12 meter post spacing
Projection: UTM / Geographic
Datum: WGS 84
Format: GeoTIFF and others
Dates: 2011 – present

Coverage Map


DSM Oxford,
UK (surface) 6.2 MB

DTM Oxford,
UK (Bare Earth) 6.8 MB

Large-Area DEMs at a High Accuracy

Elevation8 is derived from SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 stereo and tri-stereo optical satellite data and provides an optimised fit for the needs of mapping or oil & gas applications, particularly when large-area coverage is required.

The satellite’s optimised combination of wide-area coverage and high-resolution image acquisition, supports the rapid collection of imagery and delivery of products. The models are available tailored exactly to your Area of Interest starting at a minimum of just 1,000km².


  • Accurate: Based on matching of high resolution optical stereo or tri stereo imagery, up to 3m vertical accuracy at 8m posting
  • Tailored: Production on-demand for your Area of Interest
  • Two Models: Digital Surface Models (DSM) including the "first surface" elevations & Digital Terrain Models (DTM) representing the bare Earth elevation available
  • Compliant: Suitable to HRE80 (military standard (NGA)) specifications

  GeoElevation Data Sheet

Worldwide 3D Geographic Reference Database

Elevation30 is a unique worldwide 3D geographic reference database specifically designed for large area coverage, addressing mapping, GIS and military needs.

Derived from optical satellite data, merged with radar data especially over cloudy areas, Elevation30 features greater coverage independent of terrain characteristics and weather conditions.


  • Available: Available for more than 80 Million km² worldwide off-the-shelf
  • Accurate: Up to 6m horizontal and 6m vertical accuracy at 30m grid spacing
  • Standardised: Based on DTED2 standards (military standard) with competitive pricing
  • Reliable: Quality masks + specified to military standards

  GeoElevation Data Sheet

The PlanetObserver imagery and DEM data are excellent sources of regional and global data. Each set delivers consistent results that can be utilized for large regional basemaps for any project. The DEM and imagery align for 3D project efforts and provide reliable measurements for any area on earth.

Up-to-Data, Cloud-Free Data

PlanetSAT 15m Imagery Basemap

PlanetObserver’s PlanetSAT Global Imagery Basemap is a unique ready-to-use global basemap layer perfect for all visualization and simulation applications, GIS solutions, both for civil and military purposes.

  PlanetSAT 15m Imagery Data Sheet

Resolution: 15m grid spacing
Vertical Accuracy: Down to 1:50,000
Sources: Landsat 8 for 40% of the world, Landsat 7
Projection: Geographic
Datum: WGS 84
Format: GeoTIFF, ECW

PlanetDEM 30m DSM

PlanetDEM 30 Plus is a reliable multi-source elevation product offering a global coverage at 30-meter resolution and providing seamless, reliable and accurate data, ready-to-use in all professional applications.

  PlanetDEM 30m DSM Data Sheet

Resolution: 30m grid spacing
Vertical Accuracy: Down to 1:50,000
Sources: SRTM 1 Arc-Second, ASTER GDEM v2, NSIDC, AGDC, CDED, cartographic sources
Projection: Geographic
Datum: WGS 84
Format:FTP or hard drive