In: Products, Resources 25 Jul 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

ATDI announces an innovative method to build digital terrain dedicated to propagation of electromagnetic waves.

How to improve the quality of radio planning:

Actual medium resolution clutter data dedicated to radio planning are based on classification (Dense urban, Suburban, Village, Building blocks, forest, hydro…). With this type of datasets, deterministic propagation models give acceptable results compared to measurements, however, a lot of measurement points cannot be correlated (even with tuning), due to the lack of accurate digital terrain and clutter information (heights and locations of the obstacles, open areas…).

This is why we have developed an innovative method to build more accurate DTM and clutter layers that can be used to create Medium Resolution (10m-20m) and High Resolution datasets (1m-5m).

Different free and commercial sources are combined to create more accurate layers at reduced costs compared to standard datasets.


In our example below, on a Medium Resolution dataset (20m)we extracted uncorrelated points from mobile measurement survey, then we performed fixed measurements on these points and built an innovative DTM/Clutter/Building dataset from open data to get better measures/predictions correlation results.

We have used Deygout 1994 / Fine-E propagation model in ICS telecom EV.

Dataset resolution: 20 m.

Test transmitter: 50 W / 138 MHz.


Standard Clutter (landcover) model (urban and vegetation contours):

New clutter layer built from Clutter/Building extraction model (Dataset made with ICS telecom EV and ICS map server):

Above, we can see a more realistic urban repartition (in red) than Standard Clutter model.

Building elevations are extracted and medium and high vegetation areas are classified.

Linear (roads, railways, waterways) are added to delineate urban blocks.

Processing time:

< 2 minutes (22 000 km²)


Coverage calculation result comparison

Above: Coverage calculation performed on Standard Clutter model

Above: Coverage calculation performed on New Clutter model. We can see a more realistic impact of urban blocks (West), and vegetation (East)


Correlation results (originally uncorrelated points only @20 m):

Clutter method Standard deviation Average error Correlation factor
Standard classification 6.78 dB -1.54 dB 0.72
Building extraction 3.81 dB 1.62 dB 0.92
Building extraction + Linear 3.79 dB 1.73 dB 0.92
Buildings transformed to 5 Clutter classes 3.83 dB 1.73 dB 0.92


This new method improves significantly the quality of simulations, especially in urban areas. It’s free for Medium resolution datasets and at very affordable price for High Resolution datasets.

We, at ATDI, continue to improve this method. Objectives:

  • Reduce radio planning costs
  • Get always more accurate results
  • Produce data faster



Resolution Price in Euro
2 m 150 €/km²
5 m 40 €/km²
10 m 10 €/km²
Medium Resolution 0 €/km²


ATDI is now building a new China dataset. Will be available soon:


Thanks to: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, National Geomatics Center of China, U.S Geological Survey, Open Street Map, Malta Communications Authority, DianZhen.

In: Products, Resources, Services 02 Jan 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

New: France 5 m available

ATDI annonce la disponibilité du fichier France 5 m ainsi que quelques zones à 2.5 m.


Dataset 5 m :

Résolution : 5 m

Projection : ETRS89

Layers : DTM+Clutter+Buildings

Sources : IGN (Institut Géographique National)

Classes : Buildings (9), Vegetation (8, 5), Hydro (6), Tunnels (16), Routes (11), Voies ferrées (10), Open (0)

DTM modification: Voies ferrées


Dataset 2.5 m :

Résolution : 2.5 m

Projection : LAMBERT 93

Layers : DTM+Clutter+Buildings

Sources : IGN (Institut Géographique National)

Classes : Buildings (9), Vegetation (8, 5), Hydro (6), Tunnels (16), Routes (11), Voies ferrées (10), Open (0)

DTM modification: Voies ferrées + Routes


Priorités :

1) Voies ferrées

2) Routes

3) Buildings

4) Hydro

5) Végétation

6) Open


Vecteurs :

Bâtiments (polygones)

Bâtiments sensibles (polygones)

Voies ferées



Process :

ICS Map Server : DTM – Geocoding


ICS telecom (raster ops module)



Exemple 5 m (département 33) :








Exemple 2.5 m (département 75) :








Applications :



GSM-R intermodulation

Human Hazard


Communications Electronic Warfare

Download example (5 m)

Prix: nous consulter


In: Products, Services 17 Sep 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Download free Digital Terrain Models and Clutters here


Europe 25 m



Clutter file (25 m)




DTM 25 m



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