TerraExplorer for Desktop

Create, view, analyze & share high-resolution 2D & 3D geospatial data


A cutting-edge 3D GIS desktop viewer and creator that provides powerful tools and a high resolution 3D environment in which to view, query, analyze and present geospatial data. With TerraExplorer’s robust and extensive capabilities and ever-increasing interoperability, stunningly realistic 3D visualizations can be created by overlaying the terrain with unlimited data layers, 3D models, virtual objects and more.

Overlay terrain with imagery and elevation, 3D mesh, BIM, CAD, Lidar point cloud, and feature (vector) layers, and your own custom data. TerraExplorer enables you to create a breathtaking, digital twin that can be used to optimize asset management and tracking.

Powerful measurement, terrain analysis, line of sight, change detection/comparison and spatial analysis tools make it easy to extract vital intelligence from your geospatial data. This drives smarter decisions in mission planning, urban planning, inspection, and more…

Add or edit point, polyline, and polygon features by digitizing on the terrain, point cloud or 3D mesh model. Create strikingly accurate 3D visualizations of engineering and surveying sites that provide critical topographical and geographical information.

View and inspect your PhotoMesh 3D models (tower, bridge, construction site, etc.) from within TerraExplorer, together with the source photos used to produce them. You can also create inspection feature layers in which you mark and measure areas (e.g., that require retouching) in your 3D model or on photos in the Photo Inspector.

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Use With Your Existing Technology 

TerraExplorer is designed with interoperability and flexibility at its core, allowing you to build and share geospatial projects quickly and easily. TerraExplorer supports a wide range of read and write formats including:

Analyze the 3D World

Increase understanding and improve decision making with a complete set of powerful tools for all forms of 3D World measurement and analysis

Share Your Data

Easily share your 3D visualizations  by creating presentations with customized flight routes and exporting them to video files. Use the Collaboration tool for remotely guided tours. View your complex 3D content by stereo monitors or VR devices and publish and extract projects to web, desktop, and mobile devices.

Query and Editing Tools

Create smart cities that integrate massive amounts of digital data in one platform to optimize design and planning and ongoing operation of assets. Integrating feature layers with survey-grade, geo-referenced mesh and point cloud layers allows you to digitize the 3D world to generate highly accurate 3D layers. Robust feature layer viewing and editing is supported, including geometry editing, spatial queries, addition and deletion of features, attribute-based styling, and spatial operations such as merging, clipping and exploding features and exporting of selected features to a new file.

Advanced Drawing Tools

Versatile and configurable drawing tools bring to life your 3D GIS visualizations and simulations, with roads, traffic lights, powerlines, pipelines, fences, walls, and more. Advanced particle system engine enables you to create vibrant visual effects that realistically simulate weather elements, light effects, water effects, or smoke and fire. Powerful mesh editing tools allow you to examine the photos used to create a mesh and mark mesh imperfections for implementation in PhotoMesh.

TerraExplorer for Developers

TerraExplorer’s rich application programming interface (API) allows you to easily develop powerful, customized 3D desktop, Web, and mobile applications or integrate TerraExplorer capabilities in OEM applications. All of the interfaces, based on the COM protocol, can be managed through a scripting language (e.g., JavaScript) as well as non-scripting languages (e.g., C++ or C#).

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TerraExplorer Desktop is available in three versions, offering increasing levels of functionality

TerraExplorer Viewer

Users can navigate through and perform advanced terrain analysis and basic editing of high resolution 3D world environments created by fusing aerial and satellite photography, terrain elevation data and other 2D and 3D information layers.

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TerraExplorer Plus

Adds loading of all 2D and 3D offline formats, feature layer editing and querying, advanced objects and drawing tools, a set of tools for professional usage, multi-user collaborative sessions, and the advanced Pro API interfaces.

TerraExplorer Pro

Adds publishing capabilities, conversion tools, optimization of model files for improved display performance, and uploading of data to SkylineGlobe cloud.

Your digital twin provides the real-world context and visualization for effective decision making across a multitude of industries​