WAsP supports a number of digital vector map formats, either as standard map formats which can be read directly by WAsP and/or the WAsP Map Editor:
|WAsP map format
||Native WAsP map format; ASCII and binary variants
||AutoCAD drawing exchange format
|BNA map format
||Atlas Boundary format of Didger and Surfer (Golden Software)
or as map types which can be imported by the Map Editor and afterwards converted to the WAsP map format:
|Flexible header maps
||Maps with line/contour-header to be specified by the user
||Maps without line/contour-header
||Maps with lines/contours, where each points is specified as (X,Y,Z)
||Contour maps produced by Mat-lab
||Maps in the NTF-format of UK and Irish Ordnance survey
|USGS coastline maps
||Coastline maps distributed be the US Geological Survey
WAsP-type digital maps may be created by use of the WAsP map editor on basis of scanned images of topographical paper maps. Alternatively, digital maps may be obtained on commercial basis from a number of map suppliers.
Third-party software and scripts
Some third-party software supports formats that can be transformed to WAsP *.map files or can be used directly with WAsP.
Maps in raster or grid format are presently not supported by WAsP, but may be converted to WAsP contour/vector format (*.map) using the Surfer program. One should use the "Map | Contour map | Export contours " option of Surfer to create a DXF-file with elevation-tagged poly-lines and polygons; this may then be converted by the Map Editor by opening and saving in WAsP *.map format. Surfer can also be used to re-contour parts of a map, e.g. the wind farm site.
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Javier Gonzalez has made an extension for ArcView 3.2 to export a polyline theme to a WAsP *.map ASCII format file, which results in smaller file sizes compared to *.dxf ASCII files. The script can also export a polygon theme to a WAsP *.obs obstacle theme.
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