I am new to Blender (and very impressed).

I have imported a terrain, 3D buildings and roads into Blender using the OpenStreetMap add-on.

  • The roads are elevated well over the terrain and offset in position.

  • If z is the altitude, I would like to zero z so that the roads rest on the terrain.

  • The roads are off in x and y as well. The roads run off the terrain and pass over and directly through buildings.

  • The default Blender mesh would essentially be underground.

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Ideally, I would like to be able to apply actual distances to the Blender model in imperial or SI units and if possible include a light grid throughout a volumetric model.

A possible workflow might be:

  1. Use OpenStreetMap add-on to import an approximate rendering of the location of interest.
  2. Correct placement of roads and buildings.
  3. Apply a scale to the scene in units of miles, kilometers, etc.

I am currently researching 2 and 3.

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't see here anything particularly unusual. Select All and Move (G) vertices along selected Axis (press X, Y or Z). $\endgroup$
    – cgslav
    Jul 2, 2017 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Luke - the roads are about 100 feet above the terrain and some pass directly over buildings. The roads also continue running past the end of the terrain. $\endgroup$ Jul 2, 2017 at 17:52
  • $\begingroup$ The blender-osm addon places the roads automatically on the terrain. By the way the addon is free now. Get it at gumroad.com/l/blender-osm $\endgroup$
    – vvoovv
    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:19

1 Answer 1




  1. Change Clipping to some really high value to see whole thing at once.
  2. Go to Object Mode.
  3. With still selected roads, go to Modifier tab and remove Boolean.
  4. Change Shrinkwrap to Nearest Surface Point and mark Keep Above Surface.
  • $\begingroup$ Stellar! Thanks very much for your help! $\endgroup$ Jul 3, 2017 at 13:43

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