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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LiDAR GUI tool for selecting and saving groups of points?

I'm working in a small group that is processing LiDAR data with some custom code. We need to see how well our stuff is working so we need samples of "truth" data that we can compare our output ...
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What is NIR LiDAR?

Can LiDAR sensors collect near-infrared (NIR) data at the same time or does there need to be a separate NIR camera that is combined with the LiDAR data after collection? Blue Marble makes reference ...
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Extracting desired LiDAR points with Quick Terrain Modeler

There may not be a 'better' or 'easier' way to do what I'm asking, but I figured I'd give it a shot and ask around. I'm using Quick Terrain Modeler v8.0.3.4 (x64) and have used the ZEB1 Handheld ...
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Why does my hillshade .ovr display in lower resolution in QGIS?

I have viewed a lidar terrain model hillshade .ovr file on QGIS and Arc and Arc has significantly higher resolution than QGIS. Any thoughts as to why this would happen and ways to enhance resolution ...
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Coordinate formatting for swath data - to polygon

I've got a CSV of Lidar coverage swaths in the below format. Each run or strip is tied together via run_id. I'm assuming L is for left, R is for right and M is for middle. EDIT: These are coordinates ...
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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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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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Extract road defects from terrestrial LiDAR, in Erdas 2012 or ArcGIS10.1

I'd like to extract road defects from a lidar point cloud. So, wherever a road surface drops or raises by a few mm relative to 100 cm around it. I know it's possible but I just can't find or figure ...
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CPUs to process lidar data using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am looking to build a computer to process data in ArcGIS 10.2.2. The main use will be to rasterize 10-100's GBs of lidar data. However, I am unclear as to the capabilities of ArcGIS 10.2.2 to ...
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LiDAR data download, merge and mosaic (Minnesota state)

I have been using the toolbox found here to download LiDAR data for MN (Minnesota-US). The tool is very convenient for downloading multiple tiles but the merge/mosaic function of the tool is ...
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Failing to merge rasters in QGIS

I am new to QGIS but have some familiarity with other GIS software (namely ArcGIS). I want to merge a number of LiDAR digital elevation model (DEM) tiles (specifically, 30 individual tiles) to ...
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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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Filtering noise out from bare-earth DEM with terrace fields?

I have a 1m bare-earth DEM, derived from LiDAR data, representing a terraced landscape. For the sake of any subsequent use of the DEM (e.g., least-cost path, cost surface analysis, and the like) I am ...
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QGIS error when importing .asc LIDAR data

First let me say that I am novice in GIS department. As archaeologist I had only some courses 8 years back when i was still studying. Now, the problem: When I try to import .asc as raster layer I ...
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LiDAR dataset displaying 500 meters to the east of correct position

Why does my LIDAR dataset show up ~500 meters to the east of the correct position even though a spatial reference/coordinate system is provided? Some background: The LIDAR data were downloaded from ...
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Making a 3D map with shapefiles, lidar and aerial image data

I want to try to make a simple 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. ...
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What are LiDAR returns?

Can someone help with an explanation and some references, in order to understand the nature of return pulses within a LiDAR system.
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Looping for importing and interpolating a lot of LIDAR files?

I'm quite new to Grass Gis and I'm trying to make DEM (digital elevation model) for modelling flooding. I have 170 *.xyz files, which need to be scanned for extents (r.in.xyz -s input=...\filename.xyz ...
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QGIS 2.8 problem accessing GRASS commands

QGIS 2.8.1 Win7 64 bit installed with osgeo4w-setup. I’m trying to run GRASS commands on a LIDAR raster layer but I get the following message: Missing dependency.... GRASS not installed in your ...
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Creating planes, eg roof surfaces, from LiDAR/DSM data

I am capturing the area of roof tops of buildings from a DSM (derived from LiDAR data) which has not been much of a problem. I can then also derive angle, hillshade and aspect but it is only ...
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Calculate change in canopy height over 10 years?

I want to know how many "tall" trees (greater than 30 m) fell down between 2005 and 2015. I have LIDAR imagery from 2005 and 2015 from an area where many tall trees are known to have fallen due to ...
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Assigning RGB values from Geotiff image to LiDAR data, using R

I have given a Geotiff image and its corresponding Lidar data (x,y,z) in UTM coordinates. I need to merge the Lidar data with the RGB values from the image. That means, at the end, I need to plot ...
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wine + LAStools in QGIS 2.8.1, Ubuntu 14.04

I can't get wine + LAStools to work in QGIS 2.8.1 (ubuntu 14.04). I only get the 22 open source functions that comes with QGIS. Outside qgis wine + LAStools works fine. My guess is that I am not ...
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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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LAG LiDAR Analysis GUI installation guide

Does anyone know how do I install LAG lidar Analysis Gui? LAG by arsf This is my situation: I'm using debian 8 test. I installed this library: boost (yes) * GTKmm (yes) * GTKGLextmm (yes) * GThread ...
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How to delete duplicate LiDAR points?

How can I delete duplicate lidar points. I incorrectly read the same las twice and saved as a one file resulting in duplicate XY points. How should I delete these duplicate points?
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How to merge grd files programmatically, ideally in Python?

We currently get LIDAR data from the field in grd format. Sometimes this data is overlapping. This data gets fed into a python program that does some analysis. What I'm after is some way of ...
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Oriented stereopair in ERDAS

I am trying to orient a set of intensity LiDAR images in ERDAS Stereoanalyst for stereo digitizing. The set is consisted of an intensity image and its stereomate. Stereoanalyst is configured for ...
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Correcting class codes of LiDAR files in ArcGIS

Is there any procedure to automatically correct lidar classification? My LAS Dataset has water listed as ground and buildings listed as vegetation. Just wondering if there is any option to fix this. ...
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Make a ground mask raster with the Greater Than tool

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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Format of raw LiDAR data (ToF data)

I am doing a project where I need to simulate LIDAR data, and I am looking for specifications on how raw LIDAR data looks. I want the format of the data before it is translated to x,y,z coordinates ...
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Looking for free / open source Lidar web viewer?

I have lidar data which I want deploy my users using web viewer. I will probably hold the data in PostGIS (not sure yet). Is there good open source/free lidar viewer that I can integrate with ...
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Viewing LiDAR data from 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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LiDAR/Geo-TIFF Tree Crown Segmentation

I am looking for any source code that does tree crown segmentation/delaunitaitoun with LiDAR point clouds or their respective greo-TIFFs. So far I can load and view both LiDAR file and its TIFF in ...
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Laz LiDAR files display extremely long thin line of points

I am having difficulty properly visualizing aerial LIDAR data from the csc.noaa.gov source. Taking any of the .laz files, the point cloud displays as an extremely long thin line of points. Zoomed in, ...
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LiDAR data for Palawan (Philippines)

Is there any public or private sources of LIDAR data for San Paul river in Palawan (Philippines)? Searching online has not lead me to any sources, and I am unsure how the commercial world of LIDAR ...
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r.in.xyz doesn't work in GRASS

I have these LIDAR data *.xyz files (1st col x, 2nd col y, 3rd col z) 485000.16 6508997.48 1.84 485001.27 6508998.92 1.86 485001.02 6508996.68 1.85 485000.77 6508994.45 1.79 485000.52 6508992.19 1.79 ...
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DEM creation with C++ application

I am implementing a C++ application that must produce DEMs from LIDAR data. I am following the next workflow: Write .las files from lidar data. Use PCL algorithms to transform/filter the point ...
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Reprojection error

I have a lidar file (file.las) with the following spatial reference: Spatial Reference: PROJCS["NAD83 / UTM zone 11N", GEOGCS["NAD83", DATUM["North_American_Datum_1983", ...
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From LiDAR .txt to QGIS map

I have Lidar data in .txt files (1000 to 26000 KB), where 2nd column marks x-coordinates, 3rd col y and 4th col z. 8 485000.16 6508997.48 1.84 66 Last 2 485001.27 6508998.92 1.86 82 Last 2 485001.02 ...
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Correct georeferenced LiDAR data

Often I obtain LIDAR data for concept studies and conventional survey (in dxf format) over a small portion of this. The LIDAR typically covers the broader area and is used for broader studies, ...
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Working with LiDAR data using other than Esri software?

I will be working with LiDAR data soon and I am wondering what the alternatives to using Esri software to do this are, including open source solutions?
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Viewing, classifying, and processing LAS data using free open source software? [duplicate]

Is there a pipeline for viewing, classifying, and processing LAS data using free open source software?
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Easy way to create a boundary polygon shapefile from a set of LAS files using ArcGIS 10?

I have a bunch of LAS file sets that I need to process. The current task at hand is to generate a "footprint" shapefile that contains polygons for each LAS tile. I am looking for a graceful way to ...
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Classification of above ground LiDAR points in ArcMap

I recently used the LAS Dataset toolbar to classify a .lasd file. The process classified the majority of points as unassigned with the rest being ground points. The study area has many tall buildings ...
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How to georeference LAS files?

First of all, I am a newbie in GIS. I have a lidar point cloud with GPS and telemetry data associated. Then, I transform coordinates of every point to an ECEF coordinate system and finally I ...
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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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Tracking which LiDAR data tiles have been delivered

My company works with LiDAR data for large electrical transmissions systems (thousands of miles in one project). We model the transmission lines and do analysis using CAD and GIS workflows. We break ...
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Retrieving average building height in urban areas

I am looking for a way to collect data on the height profile of some cities over time. I don't need to produce a detailed 3D reconstruction of cities, nor do I need to detect and measure individual ...
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Extracting tree crown areas from remote sensing data (visual images and LiDAR)

I am looking for a method to process a remote sensing image and extract the crown areas of the individual trees from the image. I have both visual wavelength areal imagery, and lidar data from the ...