Blog : 3D

Exporting 3D to Google Earth (KML, KMZ)

Although you can find several examples in this Blog where you can see how to export 3D objects to Google Earth basing their altitudes on an attached data or on their constant Z elevation, you can also export native 3D... more

Contours: 2D, 3D, Labels, and more options...

Spatial Manager Terrain Assistant, available in the CAD versions (AutoCAD, BricsCAD and ZWCAD), provides the user with intuitive tools for processing 2D/3D Terrain information (Points, Contours, and Digital Terrain Models). In this blog entry we review the possibilities that the... more

Getting the Z-coordinate from label contents

While ‘Spatial Manager’ allows you to handle any type of 3D information and therefore export 3D-point tables from your drawing or map, there are times when the points Z-coordinate information is in a label form. Here you will find... more

Import as 2D or 3D objects

‘Spatial Manager’ includes an option to manage the Z coordinate when importing spatial data (Shapefiles, Google Earth KML, ASCII, Excel, LiDAR, etc.) into AutoCAD, BricsCAD or ZWCAD drawings. It is a configuration little known by many of the application users... more

Importing LiDAR data

LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. Differences in laser return times and wavelengths can then... more

Choose 3D or 2D when importing

A set of objects imported by applying its coordinate Z=0 leads to a “flat” map which allows us often to perform operations that are more “uncomfortable” when using 3D maps: 2D references, measurements of distances in the plane, etc.... more