MetaVR 3D Virtual Terrain of the World
These 3D terrain datasets were built with MetaVR’s Terrain Tools for Esri® ArcGIS® from 15 meter-per-pixel (mpp) NaturalVue imagery and elevation data ranging from 90 mpp void-filled SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) and DTED1. In addition, the 3D terrain datasets include many high-resolution natural color insets (ranging from 0.30 mpp to 2.5 mpp) of many capital cities and other cities of interest.
MetaVR also offers 1 meter mpp 3D terrain datasets of regions of Continental USA with AL and HI (CONUS++).
Residing in a geocentric coordinate system, these round-earth terrain tiles are suitable for real-time visualization in MetaVR’s Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) in applications such as simulation, and synthetic vision, such as glass-cockpit displays, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications, close-air-support (CAS) exercises, and fixed-wing cockpit simulation.
These 3D terrain datasets can serve as a baseline to which you can add your own higher-fidelity information, such as high-resolution aerial imagery or LIDAR elevation data, GPS point surveys, or 3D point features (such as buildings, trees, targets, and runway models). Add to the terrain culture assets from MetaVR’s extensive model libraries or your own models, including extruded culture models with Esri® CityEngine. Construct pattern-of-life scenarios using MetaVR’s VRSG Scenario Editor.
If information is provided directly from sensors in the field, such information can also be added to the terrain in real time. Using MetaVR's Terrain Tools for Esri® ArcGIS®, you can update terrain areas of interest as you obtain additional imagery source data.
As additional source data becomes available, MetaVR will continue to build 3D terrain for additional areas of its 3D terrain datasets of the world.
MetaVR's 3D terrain is "Additional Materials" and is provided "as is" as described in our license agreement. Although MetaVR might modify or enhance the original source imagery, some visual artifacts from the source imagery might remain in the terrain tiles.
MetaVR's 3D terrain datasets in Metadesic (MDS) format are available for purchase to MetaVR customers who are on active Virtual Reality Scene Generator™ (VRSG™) software maintenance and are US Government or NATO agencies or contractors (for official use only). The terrain datasets are provided in MetaVR's round-earth terrain format and will only run with a valid VRSG version 6 software license with valid software maintenance.
The 3D world terrain region datasets are each delivered on an external hard drive. To order a region of world terrain, specify the line item on the order form and then provide the name of the region Region terrain datasets are distributed on portable, external 4 TB drives.
The entirety of world terrain can be obtained by purchasing:
A fee covers processing large quantities of data into Metadesic round-earth format and hard drive distribution media.