LandXML Surface Import

by Civil Visions in Scripts and Addons

Whether you're creating visualizations for architecture, civil site designs, or transportation projects, LandXML is the fastest and easiest way to bring terrain into Blender. Easily exported by virtually all civil design applications, LandXML is the perfect link between CAD design and visualization in Blender.

Terrain is More than Just Triangles!

LandXML surface objects can also contain linear break line objects that can be used to define entities like pavement striping, guardrails, and other linear features. The LandXML Surface Import add-on lets you bring those linear features into the 3D scene as curve objects, allowing them to be used for creating any number of additional design features right inside Blender.

Generated Contours

Sometimes contours are just the thing that makes terrain visualization easy to read. By placing contours at user-specified intervals, the final visualization can more effectively convey the features of a terrain model.

The LandXML Surface Import add-on allows for automatic contour generation, with both major and minor contours placed at user-defined elevation intervals. Major and minor contour objects are imported as separate curve objects, allowing different materials to be applied to each set.

Blender Scenes Versus the Real World

CAD design projects deal in real-world coordinates, sometimes using northing, easting, and elevation coordinate values that are miles (or kilometers) away from the Cartesian origin. Blender and other 3D applications work best with objects centered around the scene origin.

The LandXML Surface Import add-on allows for automatic or user-defined centering of terrain objects. And once a terrain object is imported, others can be brought into Blender using the same coordinate shift, ensuring that all existing and proposed terrain objects are aligned perfectly in the center of your scene.

Automatic and manual unit scaling is also supported, allowing intelligent conversion between Metric and Imperial terrain models based on your Blender scene's unit settings.

Terrain is Just The Beginning!

The LandXML Surface Import add-on is the first in a series of products to be released by Civil Visions. All of these products work together to allow artists and engineering professionals to create stunning visualizations of their civil projects.

Future Civil Visions releases include:

Horizontal and Vertical Geometry

By being geometrically aware, Blender scenes can place objects using Station and Offset designation. LandXML import of horizontal and vertical alignments will even allow you to push templates along 3D alignment objects to create roadway and other linear features.

Survey Features

Need your existing conditions rendered in 3D? By bringing survey data directly into Blender, real-world features like trees, above- and below-ground structures, and other objects can be visualized quickly and easily.

Subsurface Utilities

By viewing proposed sewer networks and other underground utilities, crossing conflicts and other design issues can be visualized quickly and easily.

Civil Visualization Assets

The only way to create civil visualizations quickly and effectively is to have access to a library of high-quality assets to populate your scenes. Survey features, automobiles, roadway design elements, and other assets will make visualization of your civil project fast and cost-effective.