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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What is currently the best free LIDAR point cloud viewer?

I did a search, but previous questions were from last year. I'm just wondering what is currently the best free LIDAR viewer for large airborne collected point clouds besides ArcScene and lastools? ...
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Has anyone used ArcGIS for 'automatically' detecting lineaments from a high-resolution (1m) DEM?

I have a set of DEM's produced from LIDAR data. I am wondering if anyone is familiar with or knew of any published research papers which looked at (semi-)automatically detecting lineaments /or ...
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Merging multiple rasters with SAME spatial extent

So I began with lidar elevation data 1m resolution, and I performed a terrain analysis to extract specific ranges of elevation from the raster (1st picture is 0-1m elevation, 2nd picture is 1-2m ...
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When to reproject LAS data?

I've downloaded a few LAS files from the NOAA: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/data/coastallidar I used lasinfo to get the coordinate system of the LAS files and it returned: ...
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Lidar and infrared data to detect petroleum releases

Would this combo detect differences in soil temperature in proximity to the release due to the higher temperature of pipeline fluids or would the surface temperatures be affected by the volatilization ...
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Converting SBET (Smoothed best trajectory) files to an ASCII format [duplicate]

I have LiDAR trajectory data in an SBET (Smoothed best trajectory) format, but to the analysis I wish to carry out I need it in an ASCII format. Does anyone know if there's a way to convert it? Thanks ...
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Las to bare-earth DEM: average points spacing and cell size

I am using ArcGIS 10.1 to generate a DEM (bare earth) from LAS dataset. To accomplish this, I use 'Las Dataset to Raster' tool as described in Esri website. I have read here and there in the web that ...
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How can I filter a MultiPoint Z / xyz points against a 2d polygon [duplicate]

I would like to filter point data from LIDAR scans (3d) by parcel plot lines (2d). I began with loading the lidar data into microsoft sql and performing a STIntersects between the MultiPoint and the ...
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libLAS las2las scrubs ground point data on Ubuntu?

I am trying to use las2las from libLAS on Ubuntu 14.04 entering the following code into the terminal: las2las --input merged.las --output ground.las --keep-class 2 This outputs a LAS file which has ...
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Contours from DEM with human features

I am rather new at GIS and I would like to have some guidance on what follows. I have some DEMs derived from LiDAR data. These DEMs contain building and other human features (e.g., roads). I was ...
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Adding LAS files (or derivatives of) to mosaic error in ArcGIS

I am trying to add LAS tiles, (or lastools derived .tif or .img tiles of the same LAS tiles) to a mosaic in arc 10.2 and am getting the following errors: Error: 8004201a : Insufficient information ...
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Setting Point Cloud Data Colour from Raster

I was reading this article: http://blog.safe.com/2013/10/14-ways-to-take-charge-of-lidar-data/ Number 12 states that you can change the colour of your point-cloud data by using a raster image. Does ...
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Correcting Classification for LIDAR - ArcGIS

Is there any procedure to automatically correct lidar classification? My LAS Dataset has water listed as ground and buildings listed as vegetation etc... Just wondering if there is any option to fix ...
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How to build a LAS dataset for simple viewing in Arcgis

I've been given a few LIDAR files to show my boss how useful the data can be. The problem I have is that I simply need to be able to view it using LASTools but I need to build a LAS Dataset first. I ...
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Make a Ground Mask raster with the Greater Than tool (DEMs are generated from LiDAR)

I'm trying to see if I can replicate the Esri solar suitability site example from this article. I fail on the creation of the binary ground raster. I have made a Bare Earth raster from LiDAR ground ...
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How to automatically check for lidar flight line overlaps?

I have a series of lidar-based raster products created via FUSION. Since I am working with low density lidar data, many of the raster images show significant striping where lidar returns overlap on ...
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How to remove pixel values below 0 in Digital Elevation Model in ArcGIS?

I made a DEM layer from LAS file (LiDAR).Now for showing a map I have a map like the image below! I wonder how can I remove black area? They have the value -2 to 16! How is possible to set the value ...
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Account for bridge overpasses in a ground DEM to allow for water flow under the overpass

I have a bare earth DEM made from lidar data (A). It works well and has passed all accuracy tests. It is used in storm surge models. The problem we are having is on underpasses. I need to allow water ...
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LIDAR Dataset displaying 500,000 meters to the East of correct position

First post on here.. I've been hung up for a couple days. Why does my LIDAR dataset show up ~500,000meters to the east of the correct position even though a spatial reference/coordinate system is ...
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Elevation maps from point clouds: TPS vs. what other methods

In the reply to another question, @thehealingprocess refers to "...a comparison of interpolation methods for interpolating elevation maps from LiDAR clouds, and in almost all scenarios thin ...
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How to increase FUSION-LTK lidar processing productivity?

I am processing Lidar data with FUSION-LTK. My study area contains 5 blocks of 1000 las tiles per block. Each block is broken into approximately 4 subblocks of 250 las tiles. I am calculating grid ...
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Installing LASTools to QGIS on a Mac (or other LAS processing plugins)

I recently saw this link how to install LAStools toolbox to QGIS. The problem is that the instructions are only for Windows users. Now I wonder if it's possible to install LAStools on a Mac with QGIS ...
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Removing duplicates from large LAS files

Are there any publicly and free (not necessarily open-source) applications that can remove duplicate points from LiDAR clouds? I would like something on the lines of lasduplicate -unique_xyz, which ...
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What can I do with lidar returns of 6 or greater in LAS 1.2 specification?

I have lidar LAS data that contains a number of points that represent returns 6 or 7. The data is supposed to be in ASPRS LAS 1.2 specification, which does not allow return numbers (echos) greater ...
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Creating DSM and DTM from a LAS using a freeware solution

Is it possible to export a surface and terrain model files from an aerial, LiDAR point cloud (LAS) set? I am using SAGA GIS for very basic operations, but I couldn't find this option (and I have a ...
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What Lidar processing tools are available in Python?

I have been using FUSION and the command line FUSION Lidar Toolkit (LTK) to process Lidar data. A broad Google search ("Lidar Python") yielded libLAS and pyLAS as Python lidar libraries, however, ...
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How to handle multiple space separator in Grass?

I try to load a Lidar point cloud in .xyz format to Grass (in QGIS 2.0.1). I tried to input the following options to the 'separator' field: tab, 'tab', '\t'. Just for the unlikely case that it ...
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How to best alter surface from LIDAR for designing low water crossing and its approaches?

I was wondering if you might be willing to help me work out the best way to use LiDAR data for my thesis project. It involves altering the terrain to add low water crossings at various angles and ...
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How to clip LAS data using shapefile polygons and open source software?

I am trying to clip or filter lidar files (las, xyz) using a shapefile that contains multiple polygons. Is there open source software that can do this spatial operation? My las files are enormous, ...
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3D Analyst - Point File Information - pt_spacing definition?

I can't find any definition of the outputs of the Point File Information tool, specifically the pt_spacing field. Is this the average distance between points, or the average number of points per ...
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Finding obstructions along a stream with LIDAR

I'm trying to find obstructions to boat traffic (downed trees, collapsed bridges, etc) along medium sized streams (5-15m across). The obstructions may or may not obstruct water flow. I have good ...
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Analyse slope gradient from LiDAR .asc data

I'm new to using QGIS. I have purchased some LiDAR data which downloads as .asc format, is there a way to analyse the terrain slope angle from this data or does it need to be converted into DEM? ...
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What tools or opensource library could I use to deal with LIDAR data(mobile laser scan data)? [duplicate]

I would like to do some reasearch job relating to automatic objects extraction along the road, like road markings, pole-like objects. I have to pre-process the original data before applying my own ...
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Making a simple 3D map for browsers with my current geodata

I want to try to make a 3D map for a small area (10 square miles) with some housing, some roads and some vegetation on it. My geodata is as follows: Shapes with houses/roads/vegetation. LIDAR ...
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Las 1.2 format displays extremely long thin line of points

I am having difficulty properly visualizing aerial LIDAR data from the following source: http://csc.noaa.gov/htdata/lidar1_z/geoid12a/data/1124/ Taking any of the laz files, the point cloud displays ...
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Work flow for Lidar and OCAD

I am updating our maps for an orienteering club in Ilinois. I was very excited to find out that we have access to .las lidar data in 2000x2000ft files. I checked out OCAD11 and it can handle .las ...
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Clip raster with shapefile

I want to clipping raster (Lidar) with shapefile in qgis ver.2.0.1. Which plugin in qgis could I use it ? Thanks for help me.
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How do I get the projection of an LAS file using liblas?

I am using the python api of liblas to read/write las files. I would like to get the spatial reference information of the las file using liblas, but have been unable to figure it out. Can anyone ...
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How do I read SBET file in python?

I have an SBET (Smoothed Best Estimate of Trajectory) file that I would like to read in python. I found these links that discuss options for reading/writing SBET files, but I was wondering if our ...
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Where to obtain LiDAR Data for Romania?

I need LIDAR Data for realizing a urban hydrology study (Romania areas), whence I can get this data? There is a chance to obtain data for this area (Cluj-Napoca city)? I'm PhD student are chances to ...
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How to create contours from smoothed DEM instead of using Terrain to Raster?

I'm fairly new to working with lidar and have been assigned the task of creating 2ft contours for the entire county using USGS-provided lidar tiles. Is there a significant difference in the accuracy ...
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How to de-noise a DSM

I have created a DEM, DSM, and nDSM from a LiDAR Point Cloud using SAGA-GIS. I extracted the appropriate returns from the point cloud, then converted to grid, and then closed gaps to fill in any ...
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How to determine line numbers within an LAS file?

I am working with mulipulse lidar data that collects points along a number of lines within the flight path. From what it appears there are four scan lines within the data, at different intervals but ...
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How to add points to LAS copy using liblas?

I am trying to make a copy of a LAS file while inserting new points using python liblas module. The code below creates the copy and adds the points, but for some reason the added points are not in ...
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How to view LiDAR data from a web browser?

I am looking to host lidar data on my own server and give clients the ability to view that data through a web browser as a 3D point cloud (file would be in .las format or equivalent), possibly with ...
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How can I convert LIDAR based measurement to UTM coordinate?

I have lidar based measurement with azimuth elevation and range, I would like to convert this data to UTM coordinate. I know the position of the lidar in UTM coordinate system, so I developed the ...
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How do I use a DHM in tiff format for distance and slope measurements?

I am a student and I have to work out a project about soil loss on a plot. I need basic measurements of this plot such as length, width, area and slope for my erosion calculations. I have got my ...
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LiDAR Basics - How classes are determined at LiDAR data? [duplicate]

LiDAR data have classes as Medium vegetation, Buildings, Ground, Model Key and more. What determines these classes ? is it combination of intensity and scan angle rank ? how to reclassify these ...
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How to add LiDAR Intensity attribute to a point feature class?

I need to convert LASD (ESRI LAS Dataset) to ASCII text file. I've export the data to point feature class (LAS to Multipoint), converted multipart to single part and calculate X Y and Z.My first ...
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How to connect contour lines from two different sources?

How to connect contour lines from two different sources (LiDAR & Photogarametry) in order to obtain continuous and uniform contour lines layer ? how can i interpolate them together ? How can i ...