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Contours are essential for many applications, including construction planning, hydrological modelling and environmental management.  Geosmart Space provides contour data with 50 cm vertical interval spacing for anywhere in South Africa. Other intervals (e.g. 1 m, 2 m, 5 m) can also be provided.  The contours can be converted to various formats, including those compatible with engineering software such as CAD.

Simonsig Contour
Weltevreden Hills

The image on the right shows an example of contours for a construction site.  The high-resolution aerial photography (or satellite imagery) shown in the background can also be provided.

Product Specification

Vertical interval50 cm, 1 m, 2 m, 3 m, 5 m
Vertical accuracy50 cm
Horizontal accuracy1 m
FormatShapefile (shp), CAD (dwg or dxf), text (xyz, csv, ASCII), and geopackage (gpkg)
PriceSee pricelist below

The contours are derived from our DEMSA2 products.  Depending on the product ordered, this can be either from a digital terrain model (DTM) or a digital surface model (DSM).  In other words, the contours can either represent only the bare earth elevation, or include the heights of objects (e.g. trees, buildings) on the earth’s surface as well.  See the conceptual difference between a DTM and a DSM in this image:

1920px DTM DSM

Using a process called DSM2DTM conversion, we infer the heights of the bare earth by removing surface objects from the DSM.  We call the resulting DTM the DEMSA2 L3 product.  However, it should be noted that DSM2DTM conversion is never perfect, and we cannot guarantee quality conversions.  In some areas (e.g. forested landscapes), it is impossible to infer the bare earth terrain (because it is not visible), which can cause gross errors and artefacts.


Derived fromSmall area (< 400 km²)Medium area (400 - 9 999 km²)Large (> 10 000 km²)Turnover time*
DEMSA2 L1 (Raw DSM)R2 700 per AOI + R35 per km²R25 per km²R22 per km²5 workdays per 500 km²
DEMSA2 L2 (Quality Controlled DSM)R4 900 per AOI + R60 per km²R45 per km²R40 per km²20 workdays per 500 km²
DEMSA2 L3 (DTM)R6 000 per AOI + R110 per km²R90 per km²R65 per km²20 workdays per 500 km²

*Turnover time will be lower for less complex terrain types.  Please enquire for a more accurate timeframe.
*Areas of interest must be rectangular, with a minimum width of 1 km.
*Substantial discounts (up to 50%) are offered on large orders.  Please enquire.
*Prices are VAT exclusive
*Aerials are freely available to download from the NGI web portal.  Our service fee is for sourcing the images

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