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Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

The application is able to download and store elevation values of remote locations and let you use them in various ways, even while being offline.

Those elevations come from various sources including the SRTMGL1(v3) database and are currently available between latitude 56°S and 60°N with a precision of 1 arc second.

How to activate the use of elevation values?

To activate the use of elevation values:

  • Tap on the Maps menu and on Available maps ;
  • Tap on the top left menu and on Elevation data ;
  • Check Activate use of elevation data .


Be sure to also check Auto download elevation data so the application automatically downloads needed areas from our servers. If you want to use your own elevation data (see below), then un-check this option.

Close the maps explorer by tapping on . As you move the map, the elevation of the screen center point is given along with its coordinates.

Be sure to have the screen center coordinates displayed.

If you want to check the coverage of stored elevation values, you can display the Elevation data coverage layer by tapping it. Stored areas will be displayed over the current map.


If you have troubles downloading elevation values areas, you can check that:

  • Your Internet connection is active;
  • The option Auto download elevation data is checked (you can also access it directly from the Maps menu, in the Options section);
  • The option Use only local storage is not checked (see here).

How to use maps and layers based on elevation data?

When the use of elevation data is activated, a new set of maps and layers is added to the installed maps list. Those maps and layers are generated by the application based on the stored elevation data, they do not require any additional download.

The list contains:

  • DEM Heights : a map associating each elevation value with a different color;
  • DEM Terrain : a map with more close to reality elevation colors, hills-shading and grayed cliffs (>45°);
  • DEM Hillshade Layer : a layer emphasizing relief;
  • DEM Slopes (+30°) Layer : a layer emphasizing steep slopes;
  • DEM Heights (sensitive) : a map showing the smallest elevation changes;


How to get elevation profiles of paths?

When manually drawing a path or automatically drawing a path along roads over an area with elevation values stored, you can get the elevation profile and gain of that path:

  • Click anywhere on the path and select its name ;
  • Select Details and check the Statistics part.


How to use your own DEM data files?

If you don't want to use DEM values automatically downloaded by the application, you can use your own files. As long as the application finds the elevation data it needs, nothing will be downloaded.

You must use DEM files in the .HGT format (either 1201 or 3601 values per lines), following the usual rules:

  • File names must follow the .HGT naming convention;
  • Files containing 1201×1201 values (3″) must have a size of 2,884,802 bytes;
  • Files containing 3601×3601 values (1″) must have a size of 25,934,402 bytes;

The files must be copied inside the sub-folder /cache/dem/ of the application folder (the same folder used by the application to store the downloaded elevation data).

If your own data doesn't cover a requested area, the application will automatically download the missing data in its own format which may interfere with your own data. You can completely turn off the automatic download of data using the user setting maps.features.elevations.auto_download=false.

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