Is OptiSurface Compatible with John Deere?

OptiSurface can be used with John Deere Equipment in two ways.

Planar Designs (2D)

John Deere iGrade can ONLY follow single plane designs. OptiSurface Designer can import topography data from many sources including John Deere APEX software (see OptiSurface Designer and John Deere's APEX).  OptiSurface Designer can then design a single or multiple plane design.  The plane design can then be input into the iGrade display.  Watch this video to learn how: How To Use OptiSurface Designer With John Deere iGrade Plane Control.  OptiSurface Designer can also and export a cut/fill map to be printed or loaded into the John Deere 2630 display for a moving map display.  No need for Terra Cutta or any other software.

Contact us at to get a single plane design for IGrade.

Unfortunately, if you use John Deere iGrade you'll be missing out on the real benefits of OptiSurface and 3D GPS landforming which uses variable grades or curved design surfaces to typically reduce the earthworks by 50% to 80% compared to single planes or even multiple planes design. Read more below.

Curved Surface Designs (3D)

To take full advantage Of OptiSurface and Save up to 80% on earthworks, you'll need a 3D machine control system that;
a) loads the OptiSurface design and displays a cut/fill map,
b) gets the gps coordinates from the John Deere RTK GPS receiver,
c) reads the design elevation from the OptiSurface design and
d) Controls the hydraulics on the tractor to raise and lower the blade of the scraper to match the design.

You can still use your existing John Deere RTK GPS receivers and tractor hydraulics on modern tractors, saving considerable on a 3D machine control systems.

Contact us at to learn more about your 3D machine control options for John Deere equipment and OptiSurface designs.


  1. Virtual Reference Station (VRS) for OptiSurface Landform
  2. Accuracy of RTK and RTX GPS
  3. Export To Field Level .gps File From UTM Coordinate System
  4. How Often Does The Earthworks Need To Be Done?
  5. GPS Accuracy Affected by Solar Activities
  6. Is OptiSurface Compatible with John Deere?
  7. Is GPS Accurate Compared to Laser?
  8. Is Cellular RTK Networks Accurate Enough for GPS Landforming?
  9. Trimble FMX User Guide
  10. Effects of Topsoil Removal and Redistribution on Irrigated Crop Production
  11. OptiSurface Designer on Apple Computer
  12. Earthworks Conversion Chart (Metric to Imperial) & Planar/OptiSurface Comparison
  13. How to Check Your System Specification
  14. OptiSurface Designer and John Deere's APEX
  15. Designs Generated with OptiSurface Designer
  16. Legend Way Off Screen
  17. Computer Only Running at 30% of the CPU Capacity
  18. French Manual for OptiSurface Designer
  19. Introduction to OptiSurface Landforming
  20. Using the Lay of the Land to Let Water Drain From A Field
  21. The Benefits by Using OptiSurface Design Software
  22. Draining Surface Water Using OptiSurface Designer
  23. Difference Between OptiSurface Designer Software and the Trimble and Deere Solutions
  24. OptiSurface and Auto-steer GPS: Key to Cost-Effective Erosion Control
  25. 800ha OptiSurfaced for Lateral Move and Drip Irrigation
  26. The Disadvantage of Practicing Multiple Grade Designs
  27. Why You Don't Want Ditches in Your Field...
  28. Connecting Pot Holes to Drains
  29. Dongle Or Licensing System
  30. OptiSurface Designer System Requirements
  31. Hardware List Providing the Best Service and Getting the Most out of OptiSurface Designer
  32. Computer Operating Systems
  33. One or Two Scrapers
  34. Base Station Mobility
  35. Base Unit Distance with GPS Receivers On Scrappers
  36. Getting the Information to the GPS Units on the Scrapers in the Field
  37. Downloading Maps to the Equipment / Machine
  38. Implementing Designs for the Field
  39. What Machine Control Hardware is OptiSurface Designer Compatible With?
  40. Base Station and Line of Sight with the Scrapers
  41. One Base Station with Multiple Scrapers
  42. Training Topics
  43. Two Legends Visible
  44. Auto-Backup Files
  45. Speed Up the Display Graphics (eg Zooming and Panning)

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