Layers are inserted in a project from files on your own computer or on your local network or a remote database that is served over a network by one of several GIS servers, including SkylineGlobe Server, Oracle Spatial Database, ArcSDE Raster Server, WMS/WMTS, WCS and more.
Imagery layers contain geo-referenced, satellite or aerial images that overlay the terrain imagery whereas elevation layers contain geo-referenced elevation raster that replaces the elevation data of the terrain database.
All new layers must use the project's coordinate system. If a new layer is based on a source that uses a different coordinate system, TerraBuilder reprojects the layer, converting the layer's data to match the project's coordinate system. If a source does not include coordinate system information or TerraBuilder is unable to read this information, you must supply the coordinate system information so that TerraBuilder can reproject the layer.
TerraBuilder has several tools that facilitate the conversion of files to formats that TerraBuilder can use. More about: TerraBuilder tools >
TerraBuilder plug-ins enable TerraBuilder to read an extensive range of formats. More about: File format plug-ins >
To load a layer from a file or server:
- On the Home tab, in the Layers group, click Insert Imagery or Insert Elevation. The Insert Imagery/Insert Elevation dialog box opens.
- Browse to the required file and select it, or in the From Server section, from the Server type drop-down list, select the server type, and then enter the information required for the selected server.
- Click Open. If the source file includes coordinate system information that TerraBuilder can read from the file, the file directly opens. If the source file does not include coordinate system information or TerraBuilder cannot read it from the file, the Coordinate System dialog box is displayed. Enter the source file’s coordinate system information. More about: Setting a source's coordinate system >
Note: If you inserted a RAW, IMG (Erdas Imagine), or NGA, format files, a dialog box is displayed in which you can define properties for the relevant file type. If you inserted a GeoPackage format file, a dialog box is displayed in which you can select the required layer. More about: File format plug-ins >
- After the layer has been loaded into the project, you can change its properties using the property sheet. More about: Imagery and elevation layer properties >