Importing Terrain Data - What is it for Exactly


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Good morning all. Using 2019 Home Designer Suite


1st question. When I see "import terrain data", does that imply that I can somehow import the topographical info of my 1 acre yard? Hence, I don't have to go in and try to design it myself?

1 (a) . Or am I wrong in what "import terrain data" is for? Will "import gps data" import my property? 

2nd question. If the above is true, where do I start to gather that data and put into excel format for "import terrain data"


Thanks for your valued input fellow users.

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7 hours ago, Robborito said:

Hi - have you looked at the Reference Manual - pages 876-881 for a starter as I read the Index.

It's usually a good place to start from.



Yes sir, I did. Thank you. 


For the life of me, I cannot figure out where to start in using a 3rd party program to collect the data and put it in the Excel format... That's where I am right now

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It seems your question is where to source, or how to create data that you may import.


Does your acre lot have a complex topography? Have you checked with your city, county, or whatever you have in DMV?


I've done simple surveys using a builders level, and others using a laser.


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