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Skyline Software Systems Releases TerraExplorer for Desktop 7.1

Posted by Cathy Wolniewicz on Jun 25, 2019 5:00:36 PM

On May 31, 2019 – Skyline Software Systems Inc. announced it's latest release of TerraExplorer™ for Desktop 7.1 as part of its robust suite of 3D geospatial mapping solutions. This latest update contains enhancements and features that include improved integration with CityBuilder™, more powerful analytics capabilities, and support for VR technology.

“Our users will be so excited to get the new version of TerraExplorer. With major upgrades in visualizing LiDAR classification layers, and asset tracking over time along with VR integration, users have even greater resources at hand to immerse themselves in their work,” stated Bob Peters, President & CEO.

The new TerraExplorer release vastly expands its mesh layer capabilities to include greater integration of CityBuilder’s 3DML classification tools, which eases incorporation of BIM data and enables quicker editing capabilities for building features and attribute classification. More powerful analytics include a new time swipe tool allowing users to easily see changes taking place over time, and the elevation difference tool highlights changes in elevation or volume.

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The new volume analysis tool helps speed up analysis of storm damage and debris removal, and the buffer tool allows users to quickly assess buffer/safety zones. VR support is also now available via integration with the Oculus Rift virtual reality system. This integration allows users full immersive experience within Skyline’s actionable 3D environments providing new perspectives and advanced capabilities for data use. View the TerraExplorer 7.1 release notes.

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Skyline Software Systems featured the new release at the GEOINT 2019 Symposium in San Antonio TX, June 2 – 5. Existing customers can learn how to upgrade by visiting the TerraExplorer for Desktop product page

TerraExplorer allows users to view and build realistic 3D visualizations by overlaying the terrain with unlimited data layers, 3D models, virtual objects and more. TerraExplorer Is part of the SkylineGlobe software suite which also includes PhotoMesh™, and TerraBuilder™. This powerful suite of mapping solutions enables an enterprise to build, edit, navigate, query, and analyze realistic 3D environments, and rapidly and efficiently distribute them to users. Learn more about the SkylineGlobe software suite.


The following examples demonstrate newest features

Classify 3D Mesh layers - 3DML’s can now be classified directly from TerraExplorer, transforming them into powerful geospatial data that fully supports spatial operations and attribute queries.



3DML Export to individual models - TerraExplorer 7.1 offers a wide range of options for exporting polygonal areas of a 3DML, e.g., buildings, to individual OBJ models to enable you to easily extract precisely the areas that you need. A point feature layer is also created in the export process that contains the models’ positioning information.



Display Styles – Wide range of display options from x-ray to textured wireframe, as well as a new swipe tool that enables you to dynamically swipe between styles to view the interior of buildings or expose obscured sections of the 3D View.



New 3D Mesh Layer Contextual Tab - Consolidates all relevant mesh layer commands in one tab so that you can easily find the command or tool you need.



New powerful capabilities for BIM and other classified 3DML:

  • IFC support – Import and convert BIM models in Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) format.
  • Display by Attribute - Display the 3D elements in the selected 3DML classification layers based on attribute values.














Colorize by Attribute - Colorize the 3D elements in the selected 3DML classification layers based on attribute values.



Swipe Display Style - Dynamically swipe between a 3DML’s display styles (e.g., x-ray, wireframe, none) to view the interior of buildings or expose obscured sections of the 3D View.



Swipe 3D Mesh Layers - New comparison tool supports enhanced spatial and visual analysis, allowing you to carefully compare between two mesh layers, e.g., to contrast between the state of an area before and after a disaster or visualize changes over time.


New Elevation Difference Tools
- New tools analyze the elevation difference between 3D mesh layers or between elevation layers in a defined polygonal area, allowing you to carefully compare between two layers, e.g., to contrast between the state of an area before and after a landslide or volcano, or to evaluate restorative efforts following mining activity.



Buffer Query – Tool scans for all 3D elements (e.g., 3D object or 3DML) within a set buffer zone of a selected line and highlights them in the 3D Window. Can be used in implementation or testing of security buffers around high-risk structures to ensure safe distance requirements.




Topics: TerraExplorer, 3D Map Production, 3D Map Viewer, Digital Twin