Terra Vista

Presagis Terra Vista is a terrain modeling software tool for developing sophisticated terrain databases. In addition to providing the highest level of correlation in more formats than any other terrain database product in the industry, Terra Vista also ensures support for all major SAF/CGF formats, including OneSAF, CTDB, and JSAF.

Terra Vista can generate highly correlated visual, sensor, and SAF/CGF databases and maps for mission rehearsal, operational uses, large simulator contracts, and advanced concepts and demonstrations. With the ability to ingest every format that it produces, Terra Vista provides absolute vertex level correlation when working to correlate legacy databases with new formats and applications.

The latest release of Terra Vista greatly simplifies the terrain generation process via a logical, step-by-step workflow. The New Project Wizard provides you with optimal database settings based on your desired output format (e.g., CDB, etc.) and application type (e.g., fast jet, helicopter, UAS, etc.) so that you don’t have to spend time configuring your settings from scratch. What's more, the Project Health function automatically verifies your source data by ensuring that it is accessible and correctly attributed before starting the build process.

Terra Vista is ideal for users that require building database environments for ground, air, maritime, sensor, urban, and MOUT.

Terra Vista also offers native support for the Presagis TerraPage and OpenFlight® visual formats and DTED, ASCII, Geo-Tiff, ECW, and Shapefile source data formats.  The product also supports several, separately sold, optional output compilers including CTDB, JSAF, SEDRIS, JCATS, and OTF. In addition to an extensive library of 3D static models and textures, Terra Vista also has an integrated 3D viewer that allows you to fly through your built terrain to easily create screen shots or record videos. The tool also offers Parametric Modeling and Artificial Intelligence technology that reviews your source data and recommends the optimum configuration of your database parameters for faster and more accurate project setup.

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Terra Vista

Current Version

What's New in Version 13?

Terra Vista 13 has many new features designed to improve your terrain generation workflow. The new Terra Vista user interface simplifies the terrain generation process via a logical and step-by-step workflow.
New Project Wizard
The New Project Wizard improves on the Interviewer of previous versions to help you easily create and configure a new Terra Vista project. The Wizard adapts to the selected output compilers to validate and fix incorrect output configurations, and suggests projections and gaming area extents based on the chosen output compilers. Preset database types (e.g., fast jet, helicopter, UAS, etc.) allow you to select pre-defined project settings based on commonly used application types.
Project Health Status
The new Project Health function diagnoses database problems and helps you find mistakes by verifying your source data before beginning the build process.
Feature Styles/Templates
The new user interface allows you to define features using template, styles, and activities instead of feature models and processing passes. This allows you to make changes quickly and in an intuitive manner.
Tighter Integration with Presagis Creator
You can now launch Creator directly from Terra Vista to create and edit Wizard Buildings or Wizard Bridges. Existing 3D models can also be opened and edited using Creator in the same way.
The new SmartBuild function provides a level of abstraction from output-specific parameters, reducing the need for advanced knowledge of all output compiler restrictions.

New 2D Layers (CDB)
This feature allows you to publish high resolution models of your culture to be layered as polygons using geo-typical textures on top of imagery. 

Enhanced Live Preview
Live Preview now allows you to visualize each feature style in a 3D viewer. Each change in feature style reduces the need to publish the database to see the effects of your modifications.


Core Features

Elevation and vector editing tools

Provides built-in elevation and vector editing tools to speed up the correction of source data materials.

Rule-based construction

  • Project construction becomes user independent
  • Existing projects can act as templates, thereby allowing less experienced users to produce complex databases
  • Single neighborhood or entire earth can be built with one project
  • Individual blocks can be updated independently of the others

Export formats

Supports the highest number of standard export formats in the industry and offers 400+ projections for those formats.

Optional plug-ins

Support for optional plug-ins allows export to JANUS, JCATS, OTF/ OneSAF/ OOS, JSAF, and other SAF/CGF systems.

Integrated viewer

For visually updating the position/orientation/scale of 3D models, for placing/scaling/orient new models, for scaling/rotating/replacing textures, and for modifying vectors features and their attributes.


Auto-generate airport runways from DAFIF data, use Complex Sections to create complex 3D roads and rivers, and employ SmartVectors to scatter theme-based models.

Seamless migration

Move your legacy 3D databases to new formats or upgrade them with new information without effecting the correlation of the existing data.