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USGS Maps to World Machine Help

Started by ineedcash12, January 18, 2013, 08:54:37 am

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After 2 hours of searching, and alot of beating my head off the wall, I am unable to find a guide on how to take data from the USGS and add it to WM.

If anyone can help me here with a step by step guide, I will make a video guide in return.



Hi there,

The first step is to convert from the USGS DEM to a format that WM can understand. I've heard good things about Global Mapper, but there are many programs that can do this conversion -- maybe someone else can chime in here. Once you have the elevations in a bitmap or raw format, you can load it in with a File Input device to do your processing within World Machine.

-- Stephen Schmitt
- Creator of World Machine


Hi ineedcash12,

Download 3dem, it's a freeware program: http://www.hangsim.com/3dem/

You can load any kind of DEM data files and then export it as a terragen file that WM can import using the "file input" device. :)


What is the actual site/place we are supposed to get the .dem data from.  I can only get a pdf with topicgraphical data.

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