SCOP++ is designed for interpolation, management, application and visualization of digital terrain data. Computations are performed in the background by algorithmic servers. These are in most cases the modules of SCOP 3.5, standing for high quality of interpolation and for processing huge amounts of DTM data.

SCOP++ is an object oriented (C++), integrated program system with a central graphical user interface including the main graphics panel. For users, a major advancement is the integrated logic to handle user interactions and to supervise processing. SCOP++ is available for desktop computers.

SCOP(++) has been developed and continuously improved over the last 30 years in cooperation of Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (I.P.F.), Vienna, and INPHO GmbH, Stuttgart.

Functionality of SCOP++ is subdivided into a Kernel, and into three packages of additional functionality.

SCOP Kernel

  • DTM interpolation with filtering (using linear prediction) or without filtering (using triangulation)
  • Pre-processing: data densification within areas without data (for extreme variations in data density)
  • Overlaying DTMs (eg elevations, soil quality, slope, different epochs, and the similar)
  • Integrated raster and vector graphics
  • Overlaying transparent raster graphics (eg orthophoto with hillshading)
  • Editing data supported by the integrated graphics, with automatic updates of the DTM
  • Derivation of contour lines (isolines) with cartographic quality
  • Basic Profiling
  • Z-coding (color-coded height views)
  • Hillshading
  • Basic image processing
  • Maps of distances to the nearest data point
  • Batch processing mode
  • Interpolation of height values for 2D-data
  • DBMS based or file based processing
Height Coding
Basic Profiling
  • Supported import/export formats for terrain data: SCOP Winput, Binary SCOP Winput, XYZ, Binary XYZ, AutoCAD DXF, ArcInfo Generate, LAS, Kotenband, CSV
  • Supported import formats for DTMs: SCOP RDH, ArcInfo ASCII Grid, Raw Binary, TIFF, USGS DEM, USGS SDTS, SRTM
  • Supported export formats for DTMs: SCOP RDH, SCOP Winput, Binary SCOP Winput, XYZ, Binary XYZ, XYZ-Slope, Raw Binary, AutoCAD DXF, VRML, STL, DTED, DGM-Band
  • Supported image formats: SCOP PIX, (Geo)TIFF, JPEG
  • Supported vector formats: SCOP ZWIFI, HPGL, AutoCAD DXF
  • Combined output of vector/raster graphics as PDF


  • Specific methods for processing data from laser scanning
  • Robust filtering for DTM interpolation
  • blunder detection in input data via DTM interpolation by the methods moving average or moving tilted plane
  • Classification of data from airborne or terrestrial laser scanning
  • Workflow with LAS file format
Class "Ground"

SCOP Analyzer

  • Profiling including cross sectioning
  • Derivation of terrain slope, classes of slope
  • Difference models
  • Volume computations
  • DTM Algebra (including the derivation of difference models)
  • DTM mosaicing
Terrain slope
Long profile
Height differences
Cross Sections
DTM mosaicing

SCOP Visualizer

  • Perspective views, Panoramic view, Silhouettes
  • Annotation of geographic names
  • Visibility models and maps (only available as command line program)
  • Extended image processing
  • Skyplots: horizon for a specific point on or above the terrain (only available as command line program)
  • Mono-plotting = data aquisition from single images by means of a DTM (only available as command line program)
Grid and Breaklines
Grid, Lines, Silhouettes and Names
Orthophoto applied to DTM


Database management system designed for storing, managing and archiving country-wide digital elevation information: terrain models, primary data, and additional informatio

  • Geocoded relational Database
  • Georeferencing
    • Support of various map projections, user defined reference ellipsoids
    • Transformation among different cartographic coordinate systems
    • Geodetic datum transformation
  • Primary Data
    • Data Formats: DXF, SCOP Winput, ArcInfo Generate, XYZ, BMBLT
    • Storage of Geometry, Coding Information and Meta Data (accuracy,...)
    • Data Selection by formulating complex conditions
    • Data Export (including coordinate transformation)
    • Data Editing (Topographic Data Editor)
  • DTMs
    • Data Formats: SCOP RDH, ArcInfo Grid, DTED, MMBLT, XYZ, SCOP Winput, DXF (Wire Frame and Surface), VRML (Wire Frame and Surface)
    • Storage of DTMs and additional Meta Data
    • DTM Selection and Export (merging DTMs, extracting parts from DTMs, resampling,...)

Supported Platforms, Hardware Requirements

Windows XP/Vista/7, at least 1 GB RAM (recommended: 4 GB), at least 100 MB free disk space, plus storage for project, dataScreen resolution: 1280x1024, and higher.

SCOP++ Reference Manual.pdf

For further information please contact:

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Our research group:

Trimble Imaging - Stuttgart
Rotebuehlstrasse 81
70178 Stuttgart, Germany
Tel: +49-711-228810
Fax: +49-711-2288111

Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
Research Group Photogrammetry
Gusshausstr. 27-29/122
1040 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43-1-58801-12201
FAX: +43-1-58801-12299
Email: photo-sek (at)