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Planimetrics is the study of plane measurements, including angles, distances, and areas.

In geography[edit]

Planimetric elements in geography are those features that are independent of elevation, such as roads, building footprints, and rivers and lakes. They are represented on two-dimensional maps as they are seen from the air, or in aerial photography.[1] These features are often digitized from orthorectified aerial photography into data layers that can be used in analysis and cartographic outputs.[2]

A planimetric map is one that does not include relief data.[3]


  1. ^ Hart, David A. (July 1, 1998). "Planimetric and Topographic Mapping Report". 
  2. ^ Montgomery, Glenn E.; Schuch, Harold C. (2007). GIS Data Conversion Handbook. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 
  3. ^ Committee on Nomenclature of the American Society of Photogrammetry (1942). "Definitions of terms used in photogrammetric surveying and mapping: preliminary report". Photogrammetric Engineering 8: 247–283. Topographic Map. A map that presents the horizontal and vertical positions of the features represented; distinguished from a planimetric map by the addition of relief in measurable form.