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QGIS is an open source GIS desktop application that you can use to easily display Nearmap's DSM (elevation) data. 

The DSM data is delivered in a GeoTIFF file.


Note: QGIS Earth is not a Nearmap product, and as such any support you may need should be directed to QGIS.

This guide is intended to give you general instructions on how to view Nearmap DSM in QGIS, and might not reflect the latest version of QGIS.




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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