LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging or Laser Imaging, Detection and Ranging) is an active optical remote sensing technology that measures properties of scattered light to find range and/or other information of a distant target.

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QGIS 2.14.1 LAStools install error: “wrong value for parameter 'Msys folder'…” [duplicate]

To start I went to step 4 and extracted LAStools to my C drive and just made the folder there. I can't do step 8 because it seems to already be in "advanced interface". Then step 9 mine only says ...
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How to reverse colour-ramped DEM to its original elevation value?

A have a GeoTIFF, LIDAR images which display DEM in its color-ramp version (color relief) from blue (minimum value) to red (maximum value) and green (in between). I dont have the original elevation ...
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Options for visualizing LiDAR data on Mac?

I've recently come across open data LiDAR files for the city of Vancouver. I'd like to view it on my Mac (2011. 10.6.6 OS). My intention is to use the LAS file to identify what the tallest trees are ...
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30m/10m/1m resolution DEM for microtopography research

I am conducting research in a region of Illinois that does not have a LiDAR dataset. I am looking to develop a fine scale habitat species distribution model; however, the coarse data available ...
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How to get NIR values into a LAS file then a CSV?

We are trying to deliver a LAS file with NIR values added for each point. The NIR comes from a raster captured at the same moment as the LiDAR, and is stored as an 8bit number along with RGB in 8bit. ...
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Classifying raw LAS data as bare earth in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a raw LAS data that has only one return (no second/ third.. return) and not classified yet. The only information I have is intensity and elevation. Is there any way that I can classify bare ...
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Converting LAS to DWG/DXF using open-source software?

Is there a way to convert LAS point clouds to DWG and/or DXF files using open source software? Also willing to script with Python - is this possible using libLAS/LASlib for example?
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Do outputs (shp, dwg) inherit vertical datum from input (las) files?

I'm working in ArcMap. I pulled LiDAR data off earth explorer and created a DEM with the LiDAR data. I then created contours as a SHP file and exported to DWG (CAD). I was asked if the CAD file's ...
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Extracting impervious areas (buildings, rails, pavements) from LAS dataset [closed]

How to extract impervious areas (like buildings, rails, pavements etc.) from las dataset and receive it like a raster? I tried to do it with intensity, but there are many valids with vegetation. I ...
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Converting LiDAR files from LAZ to LAS format

I'm trying to convert LiDAR files from the LAZ format (the compressed version) into LAS (the uncompressed version) using LASzip software. However, I am not really sure how it works. I created a new ...
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GRASS r.in.lidar tool generates incomplete rasters

I have been trying to import a huge LIDAR file (10.5) Gb to GRASS GIS using r.in.lidar. It does the task, but only for part of the image, as shown below: Canopy Height Model (CHM) generated with ...
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Extracting above ground features from unclassified LAS [closed]

What's the best way to vectorize features from LAS? I have "Classified" LAS files, however they were never processed for classification. Thus of 181 million points (9 tile sample) about 60% are class ...
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How to specify LAS dataset filters in ArcMap ModelBuilder?

I'm trying to create a tool in the ArcMap ModelBuilder to extract a canopy height raster from LiDAR data. I need to create rasters for ground elevation and first return. I've got my LAS dataset, and ...
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How does the offset values of LAS files relate to their coordinate system?

I have a conundrum concerning LiDAR data, the stored point offset, and the coordinate system. I process large amounts of LAS data in TerraScan (TS), which sits on top of Microstation (MS). I receive ...
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Converting between coordinate systems for LAS file using LASPY

I am trying to convert a .las file from WGS84 to UTM17. I have some drone imagery that was used to generate a 3d point cloud/ .las file, but it is in latitude/ longitude instead of easting/ northing. ...
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Classifying individual trees from labelled LiDAR point cloud [duplicate]

I have a classified point cloud for an area of 250*250 square meter, with 1 meter resolution. It has a 5 lakhs points with an average point density of 9 (means around 9 points within a pixel). I ...
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LAStools in QGIS error at activation: “wrong value for parameter 'OTB applications folder'…”

I have a problem with LAStools in QGIS 2.14. I've followed the LAStools instructions for downloading LAStools for QGIS. ` I replaced 'lidar' folder in ...
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Retrieving LiDAR metrics from relative vertical layers of point cloud

I need to obtain the proportion of all returns within 5 equally spaced height bins between the cutoff (1 meter) and the maximum height value. I need to get this proportion of all returns for 1000 ...
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Extract manhole covers from ground LiDAR

I am wondering if anyone has come up with an automated or semi-automated workflow for extracting manhole covers from LiDAR data in ArcGIS? I was thinking about looking at the change in elevation ...
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DEM out of a shaded relief LiDAR?

I have a DEM built from LiDAR data and the file extension is .tif. When I open this file in ArcMap it seems to be a shaded relief DEM (see the screenshot below). It happens I want to visualize the ...
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Importing LAS files in QGIS with LAStools gives an 'ascii encode error'

I'm new to QGIS environment and I am trying to load LAS files into QGIS with lasground but when I run the following process an error occurs: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\u0105' in ...
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Shifting LiDAR point clouds that have been incorrectly georeferenced

I am new to LiDAR and have never been a part of the LiDAR data pre-processing stage and hence, this question. I have two LiDAR point clouds (.las files) of a densely forested area that were captured ...
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Reduce Z value precision in QGIS

The .asc LiDAR files provided by the environment agency have height values provided to a precision of the level used to measure atoms. How to quickly lose a few of the pointless digits on the end to ...
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Can LiDAR differentiate between rock and soil?

Can LIDAR by itself, tell the difference between rock (large and small) and soil? I'm under the assumption that the answer is no. However, I wanted to check here with the experts as I was told by ...
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Fixing Pixelation in DSM [duplicate]

I ran las dataset, then las to raster using max for DSM. Two and a half hours later I have 3 areas showing pixilation using higher level coloring. See enclosed image. I found on web that seamless ...
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How to classify a LAS file into ground points and vegetation [duplicate]

I have a dense LiDAR point cloud in .LAS format for a forest. All the points are unclassified. Just wondering how to manually classify the points into ground points and vegetation. I noticed that a ...
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Creating DEM from las file without using Lastools

I want to create a ground model from a *.las file. The LAStools are available in QGIS but limited in use (generation of black diagonal in result file), so I can't use this. In the GRASS tools I can ...
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Expression into the raster calculator to invert DEM

I've made a DEM from first pass LiDAR data which I want to invert and run watershed segmentation and basin delineation over in order to hopefully extract tree canopy outlines and heights - I'm newish ...
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Finding the origin in .laz file with LAStools

I obtained a .laz file, which I used lasinfo and las2txt to view the records. Scale Factor X Y Z: 0.00100000000000 0.00100000000000 0.00100000000000 Offset X Y Z: ...
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Leica Cyclone 5.1 TLS Data referencing using Trimble DGPS

I am using a Leica HDS3000 Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) and Cyclone version 5.1 to acquire and process point clouds. Within the manual for Cyclone 5.1, Leica mentions that a user can enter the ...
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GRASS r.in.lidar problem on Windows 10: 'no such file or directory'

I'm having problems to load .las files into Grass GIS 7.0.3 for Windows 10. I use the module r.in.lidar but I get the following message: What can I do? How can I solve the problem?
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How to find the height information from LiDAR point cloud data [duplicate]

I need to find the biophysical parameters(biomass) from the LiDAR point cloud data. For that I need the height of the trees from the data. Currently I am having the general height with respect to sea ...
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PDAL: Couldn't create filter stage of type 'filters.voxelgrid'

I have the following PDAL pipeline: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?> <Pipeline version="1.0"> <Writer type="writers.pgpointcloud"> <Option ...
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Where can I find open raw LiDAR data for European Countries?

I'm looking for LiDAR data in laz or las format preferably from an FTP site. Does anyone know which countries have that data available to the public? From my research it doesn't seem to be easy to ...
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Merging .asc files = “The command line is too long”

Having problems merging LiDAR .asc folder files to produce a single GeoTiff file. I have followed various instructions e.g. the 2 methods of selecting input files for merging .asc files using ...
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LAStools in QGIS 2.8.5: “missing dependency. lastools folder is not configured” [duplicate]

I am using QGIS 2.8.5 Wien and I am trying to install LAStools toolbox. I followed the instructions in rapidlasso.com to install it. I did everything said on the link, but when I tried to run it, it ...
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Creating multiple LAS datasets from LiDAR files in various directories using model builder?

I have 60 folders each containing approximately 20 LiDAR files in .las format. I want to create one LAS dataset from .las files from each folder, and each LAS dataset is named by the folder name. I ...
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QGIS 2.12 LAStools lasmerge error: “no outputs specified” [closed]

I am trying to merge 4 .las files with "lasmerge" within "LAStools" in QGIS 2.12 running Windows 7 64. I keep on geting error "no outputs specified" even thoug i did specify the output folder and ...
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Are PDAL or PCL capable of producing LiDAR grid metrics?

I typically use Windows-based FUSION to generate grid metrics, which can be used to describe forest structural characteristics. From the FUSION documentation: GridMetrics computes a series of ...
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UK Environment Agency Lidar data [duplicate]

I have recently downloaded LIDAR data from the Environment Agency website in the form of asc file. In order to perform some viewshed analysis do I have to convert these files into a raster file and ...
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Open a SBET file format in GIS software

After a LiDAR flight, we can get a file containing the airplane trajectory in SBET format - Smoothed Best Estimate of Trajectory. Is it possible to open it in a GIS software like QGIS or ArcGIS? If ...
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How exactly does a single laser pulse from LiDAR act? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the behavior of a single laser pulse in a traditional airborne lidar. I understand that the multiple return values are representative of the surface that reflected the ...
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How to exclude water during contour generation?

I recently acquired a LiDAR data set that included a 1 meter DEM. I generated 1, 2 and 5m contour layers but I am seeing a lot of contours within water bodies. I suspect this is either caused by wave ...
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Thinning large LiDAR point cloud?

I have a large point cloud (LAS file) and I am trying to thin this using a complex technique. I know it is possible to thin a point cloud using simple techniques such as extracting every nth point. ...
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Average of raster elevation based on polygon boundaries

I am attempting to extract and calculate the average height of buildings using LiDAR converted to raster elevation data. I've created a DSM to cover the entire area and I am trying to extract just the ...
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Azimuth greater than 360 in Veloview (Velodyne 32)?

When I use Veloview, freezes at 1 of the frames and examine the data points, why are the azimuths greater than 360 degrees?
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Converting waveform LiDAR to discrete return format, in R?

I have an LVIS waveform LiDAR file which looks like this: head(lidar) V1 V2 V3 V4 V5 V6 V7 V8 V9 [1,] 529437.4 ...
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Creating building footprints from LAS files

I wish to create building footprints from the classification in our LAS files. I have filtered out the building points, using the point cloud filter. But I now trying to join the outermost points of ...
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Viewing point clouds in bpf format?

Is there any software that can be used to view point clouds in bpf format? My preference is for free software that has low-learning curve for quick visualizations. Currently, I convert bpf to las ...
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Creating a Terrain from a Multipoint file if the “New Terrain Wizard” is missing?

I created a multipoint file using the tool LAS to Multipoint in ArcMap. After it was done processing, I went to my geodatabase, right-clicked and attempted to create a terrain. However, the wizard ...