Functions, Purchase Info, and Examples

OmniDEM® was fully designed and based on defined user requirements for digital terrain modeling. This includes both function and performance. In 2013, we completed version 3.0, offering new and improved capabilities supporting, among others, surface modeling, and in 2014, OmniDEM was fully integrated as a module within IApioneer.

Likewise, in addition to offering an improved user experience, the software has been purposefully priced to ensure user affordability; and this is a key point in times of increasing budget constraints. We hope you’ll notice that the cost of OmniDEM is significantly less than comparable solutions.

Note: OmniDEM was developed under an SBIR. The term "SBIR Data Rights" is defined at subparagraph (a)(18) of the clause at DFARS 252-227.7018, and all FARs are applicable in this regard apply.


> Purchase Info

> Non-US Government

> US Government

> No cost

> Additional Info

> email
> 1.888.860.IAVO




> Functional Overview

Using OmniDEM you can rapidly fuse existing DEMs to create a seamless elevation model. OmniDEM allows you to exploit overlapping images from both satellite and aerial sensors. With the OmniDEM active stereoscopic viewing you can see and edit elevation points overlaid on underlying imagery to ensure precise elevation extraction. With the OmniDEM advanced correlation capabilities you quickly update your elevation surface to generate high-resolution elevation models for increased simulation accuracy and realism.

Need to fuse multiple overlapping DEMs? Need higher resolution DEMs and have overlapping imagery? OmniDEM performs both.

Whether starting from scratch with overlapping satellite or aerial imagery, or augmenting existing DEMs, OmniDEM is the tool you’ll want for elevation extraction and exploitation.

> Functional Detail Listing

  • Fusion of USGS DEM, NGA DTED, SRTM, and custom elevation data
  • Automated correlation for rapid elevation extraction from overlapping aerial and satellite imagery
  • Stereoscopic viewing of overlapping aerial and satellite imagery
  • Export DEMs to GeoTIFF format for use in GIS and visual simulation applications
  • Epipolar rectify both aerial and satellite imagery for stereo viewing and advanced correlation
  • Export DEMs to both raster and vector formats for use in GIS and visual simulation applications
  • Supports all major stereo hardware platforms as well as anaglyph

> System requirements

  • Minimum Configuration
    • Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7*
    • 4 GB RAM
    • Core 2 Duo processor
    • 7200 RPM hard drives
    • 250MB Disk Space
    • OpenGL 2.1 supported graphics card**
    • Quad buffer stereo enabled graphics card (with OpenGL 2.1 support)
    • Stereo emitter and goggles
  • Recommended Configuration
    • Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 3GHz Quad Core Processor
    • 7200 RPM hard drives
    • 1GB Disk Space
    • Quad buffer stereo enabled graphics card (with OpenGL 2.1 support)
    • Stereo emitter and goggles
  • Recommended Configuration
    • Windows 7
    • 4 GB RAM
    • Core i5 processor
    • 7200 RPM hard drives
    • 1GB Disk Space
    • Quad buffer stereo enabled graphics card (with OpenGL 2.1 support)
    • Stereo emitter and goggle

This software will not operate without activation.  Phone and email activation are both available.

*OmniDEM runs as a 32-bit application under 64-bit processor architectures to support legacy deliveries and 3rd party library integration.

**GPU acceleration for some OmniDEM processes not supported on all graphics architectures.

> Compatibilities

  • Supported Data Formats (Input)
    • NITF (2.0 & 2.1)
    • GeoTIFF
    • EOSAT FAST Format (.fst)
    • ERDAS Imagine (.img)
    • ENVI (.img)
    • JPEG/JPEG2000
    • MrSID
    • PNG
    • DTED
    • SRTM (.hgt)
    • USGS DEM
    • ESRI Shapefile
    • Presagis OpenFlight
    • KML/KMZ
  • Supported Data Formats (Output)
    • NITF
    • ENVI (.img)
    • ERDAS Imagine (.img)
    • GeoTIFF
    • ESRI Shapefile
    • Presagis OpenFlight
    • KML/KMZ



Purchase Info

> Non-US Government (Commercial [COTS] version)

OmniDEM is:

  • a commercial product;
  • sold as part of the integrated IApioneer system, and
  • available for purchase in the United States.

For more information contact our sales desk: email or call (toll-free): 888-860-IAVO (4286).


> US Government (Government [GOTS] version)

OmniDEM was developed under contract with the U.S. Government. Accordingly, GOTS (Government-off-the-shelf) versions, offered as part of the IApioneer integrated system, are available for U.S. Government users.

There is no cost for the GOTS software; but the GOTS version is restricted to U.S. Government users only.

For more information on GOTS distribution, contact our sales desk:

  • email or
  • call (toll-free): 888-860-IAVO (4286).


> Additional Information

Legal restrictions regarding sale:

Note: all sections apply collectively and must be considered as per applicable laws.

Royalty-free: U.S. Government Users (as per SBIR Data Rights)

OmniDEM was developed under an SBIR. The term "SBIR Data Rights" is defined at subparagraph (a)(18) of the clause at DFARS 252-227.7018, and all FARs applicable in this regard apply.

"For a period of 5 years after delivery and acceptance of the last deliverable item under the subject contract, this technical data shall be subject to the restrictions contained in the definition of Limited Rights in DFARS clause at 252.227-7018. After the 5-year period, the data shall be subject to the restrictions contained in the definition of Government Purpose License Rights in DFARS clause at 252.227-7018. The government assumes no liability for unauthorized use or disclosure by others. The legend, together with the indications included on any reproduction hereof which contains any portions subject to such limitations shall be honored only as long as the data continues to meet the definition of Government Purpose License Rights."

For more information regarding contract number(s) and other related provisions, please contact the company.

Other Limitations

OmniDEM is available for purchase/use by US entities only. It is not currently available for sale to non-US citizens, foreign organizations, or similarly non-US user categories without the legal permission coordinated with and offered by the US Government. Non-US entities interested in buying OmniDEM are urged to contact the company, understanding that sale outside the US may be allowed under permission from the US Government under certain circumstances; and IAVO will examine the requirements in such case-by-case events to explore the legal requirements of any potential sale.

To request exception to this limitation:


The sale and distribution of OmniDEM conforms fully and satisfy the requirements as stated in sections 120.10.a.5; 120.11, 121.1; 121.8.f; and 125 of SUBCHAPTER M – International Traffic in Arms Regulations, as per the Directorate Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), US Munitions List, Arms Export Control Act (AECA), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITARS – fully Parts 120-130). Thus, as per ITARS, these commercial software products as defined herein are eligible for international purchase as per DDTC, AECA, and ITARS. For more information, please write IAVO (3721-D University Dr., Durham, NC 27707 USA).

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

Disclaimers: GeoSPHERIC and the GeoSPHERIC family of products (of which OmniDEM is part of; collectively named herein as "GeoSPHERIC et al.") are based fully on widely used open-source literature. There is nothing wholly unique or specialized in this software; and to the contrary, the tools herein are entirely based on subject matter routinely taught at universities in the United States (U.S.) and internationally. As such, other than the name of the software (e.g., GeoSPHERIC et al.), there is no part that can legitimately be considered proprietary or patentable by IAVO or any other party within the US or internationally.

Further, the user represents and warrants that he/she is not a Restricted Party, which means any person or entity that is (i) located or established in, organized under the laws of, or controlled by the government or by one or more nationals of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, or any other country that may, from time to time, become subject to U.S. export controls for anti-terrorism reasons or designated as a country that is subject to a general prohibition on U.S. persons’ engaging in financial and/or export transactions; (ii) on the U.S. Department of Commerce Denied Persons List, Entity List, or Unverified List; U.S. Department of the Treasury list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons; or U.S. Department of State List of Debarred Parties; or (iii) part of, affiliated with, or controlled by any non-U.S. military organization; or (iv) is otherwise designated by the U.S. government or any of its agencies as a party with which it is unlawful to do business.  If user becomes a Restricted Party during, the user shall immediately notify IAVO, and IAVO may terminate the license upon written notice to user.

GeoSPHERIC (i.e., "Software") may be subject to restrictions on (i) exports, re-exports and in-country transfers under the laws and regulations of the United States or other countries in which such items may be produced or located; (ii) releases of technical data to foreign persons; (iii) the provision of certain services that relate to or employ such items; and (iv) restrictions on the importation and/or use of such items (collectively, "Export Laws"), which may include, without limitation, the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury foreign assets control regulations, and the U.S. Department of State International Traffic in Arms Regulations. 

User shall not export, re-export, resell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any Software subject to this Agreement in any manner that user knows or has reason to know would violate any Export Laws, and user shall, at his/her sole expense, obtain any governmental authorizations, permits, or licenses that may be required under the Export Laws in connection with its handling of the Software, and shall pay any and all taxes and duties imposed on the delivery, import, sale or license of the Software in the Territory.  Diversion of the Software contrary to U.S. law is expressly prohibited.

Except as expressly authorized by IAVO and permitted under the Export Laws, user agrees not to transfer, resell, or divert any Software; release technical data; or to provide services relating to such items (i) to any Restricted Party (as defined in subsection (1) above), or (ii) to any party with respect to which user knows or has information from which it may be reasonably inferred that such items will be used directly or indirectly for any purpose that would be prohibited under the Export Laws.  

Further, the following statements are offered and agreed to by all users.

Condition 1: If U.S. users who have lawfully purchased the software in the US choose to transport and/or use GeoSPHERIC et al. – under their own choice or through the collective choice of others – outside of the US, such user(s) understands that it becomes his/her/their responsibility to comply with any and all international trade and industry security issues as they may apply; and that IAVO is in no way responsible for any non-US use of the GeoSPHERIC et al.

Condition 2: Similarly, if any user, through access to an application programming interface (i.e., API) adds any functionality to GeoSPHERIC et al., such added functionality becomes the full and absolute responsibility of such said user; and that IAVO is in no way responsible for any use, re-sale, support, or distribution of such additional GeoSPHERIC et al. functionality in this regard.

Note: The CGS plug-in is not distributed with the base OmniDEM system. It is a separate component, and as such its distribution is currently limited to the US Government - and provided by the US Government.


Use Examples

> Example 1:

Multiple images are used to easily and quickly generate dense DEMs with high output accuracies and spacing resolutions.


> Example 2:

Area correlation is one way we can generate DEMs from stereo and multi scene imagery. OmniDEM has a rich variety of commonly used input and output criteria.


> Example 3:

Use OmniDEM's DEM Fusion to combine elevation models having different coverage, resolutions, and accuracies into a single unified DEM, having the best of all inputs, respectively.


> Example 4:

Visualize and edit DEMs in a truly immersive environment, with a wealth of point and regional editing tools. The output serves as a satisfying and accurate elevation model, ready for easy export to other geo applications.



Worthy Highlights

OmniDEM® is now fully integrated with IApioneer™. See more in What’s New.


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