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QGIS is an open source GIS desktop application that you can use to easily display Nearmap's DSM elevation imagery. Use this application when you want to visualise a 3D file that is geometrically correct and highly accurate.

The 3D imagery is delivered in geo-referenced Scene layer packages (.slpk files).


Note: ArcGIS Earth is an ESRI product, and as such any support you may need should be directed to ESRI.

This guide is intended to give you general instructions on how to view Nearmap 3D imagery in ArcGIS Earth, and might not reflect the latest version of ArcGIS Earth.




Example of QGIS standard operating environment displaying raster files (DSM):

Nearmap’s Digital Surface Model (DSM) is an analytic-ready, raster data set to be consumed in common GIS software packages.

QGIS is a cross-platform, free and open-source software used all across the world. From academics to NGO, from small business to enterprise-level organisations, the growing adoption of open-data and communities makes QGIS a significant and worthy alternative to mainstream licensed software applications.

Note: This application was not created by Nearmap. It is built, updated, and supported by QGIS. If you experience issues with this application, or would like to see improvements, please contact QGIS directly.

How Nearmap and QGIS Work

QGIS has native view, edit and analysis features operating with raster data. Some common Raster Operations includes:

  • Slope, aspect, hill-shade, terrain calculation
  • Data extraction
  • Elevation and profile analysis


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