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Gazebo world from heightmap in Electric/Fuerte

asked 2012-10-17 11:28:15 -0500

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I have built some contoured worlds in Gazebo using heightmaps but all on Diamondback. In order to get some more advanced robot models, I had to upgrade to Electric but now all of my heightmap launch files crash. I have gone through the tutorials again and still can't get a heightmap to build a world in Gazebo successfully still. Also tried on a Fuerte build with same error.

Anyone successfully gotten a heightmap world in Electric/Fuerte Gazebo? If so I would like to see your .world and launch file.


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answered 2012-10-17 21:45:08 -0500

I seem to remember that heightmap support was broken in electric but has been re-added in recent gazebo (1.0+) versions. There also is a tutorial on using height maps on the new gazebo wiki, so that might be worth a try.

An alternative approach I used in our hector_gazebo_worlds package is the use of a COLLADA terrain mesh generated using blender. This works both in electric and fuerte.

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No luck with the heightmap tutorial. Was able to use your hector package and the "rolling terrain" world looks great. I have messed with COLLADA / Blender (creating mesh .dae from heightmap) but was eventually squashed by the learning curve. Any way to simply sculpt an existing mesh in Blender?

dabigshue gravatar image dabigshue  ( 2012-10-23 10:08:48 -0500 )edit

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