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The release of the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model Version 2 (GDEM V2) was announced on October 17, 2011. This data can be downloaded and imported to Infraworks.

Here’s how:
1) Go here:

2) Create an account / login

3) Browse the world, then Select a region using one of the tools, such as Rectangle

4) Download using ArcASCII

5) Back in Infraworks: Import from file, Raster

6) Select the ArcASCII file

7) Right click the source in Infraworks and pick Refresh. Your topo should now be visible:

 8) Now import your Revit or Civil3D models and create your animations…

More info:
ASTER Global Digital Elevation Map


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