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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Breakline detection algorithms for LIDAR dataset

I'm searching for algorithms or open source tools I could use to detect breaklines from a LIDAR dataset; more specifically, from the terrain points of the dataset. At the moment the only thing I've ...
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Problem reprojecting LIDAR data with Liblas [duplicate]

I am currently trying to reproject a LIDAR file (.las) using the Open-Source LibLAS, compiled on a Scientific Linux server. The Original data is in Oregon Lambert, NAD83 (EPSG:2992), and I am trying ...
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Determining bare earth from unclassified LAS file?

I have data in LAS format with RGB values created from Aerial photogrammetry using a UAV. I am trying to find a solution to extract the bare earth to create my DTM from the DSM. I have tried SAGA, ...
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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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LiDAR data density, returns per square meter

How can I compute a raster showing the number of return points per square meter using SAGA GIS or other open source software? My goal is to obtain a mask which would show me the places (cells) ...
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Finding outliers with wrong Z values in LIDAR data

I have more than 2000 XYZ (only ground points) .txt files and I have to do Quality Control (QC). Let's say I have file, which I converted to multipoint (or even singlepart feature). I have mean Z ...
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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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How to filter LiDAR data by scan angle?

I am looking to filter LiDAR data (.las format) by scan angle specifications (e.g. keep all points < 15). From a basic Google search, it appears that the LibLAS library has the ability to filter by ...
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Why aren't there LiDAR records in some black and white parts of the scene?

This is the actual scene: This is the corresponding LiDAR scene: The LiDAR data is from xyz file. The questions are: Why are there no points for the dark squares on the checkerboard as well ...
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Reprojecting LiDAR data with libLAS

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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Floor height creation from Aerial Lidar/Imagery only

I was wondering if it is possible to generate the floor heights of buildings from aerial lidar? We don't have terrestrial lidar or stereo imagery. I don't need the ground DEM level or the roof (DSM) ...
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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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What is the procedure to load LAS files in QGIS 2.0.1?

What is the present procedure to load LAS files in QGIS 2.0.1? After some searching I found a paper outlining the procedure; however, it was for 1.8.something, and related posts here are all rather ...
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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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Calculate flow path with QGIS

I am trying to replicate my erosion model in ArcGIS for Desktop in QGIS 2.4. I tried to calculate the upstream distance along the flow path for my agricultural field using QGIS. I did the equivalent ...
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Sun azimuth on shaded relief LiDAR maps

I have a LiDAR map and want to change the view so that the ground shadow is manipulated (looking for archaeological anomalies). I think it is the sun angle that I need to alter but I don't know how. ...
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How to compare two sets of points in QGIS?

I have two point layers with XYZ data; one set are points measured in the field and the second set is a Lidar data set. I want to check the accuracy of the Lidar in comparison to the measured data. ...
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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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Seeking commercial web service for LIDAR/DSM data in USA

I apologize for not knowing all the proper terminology to ask this question. I am seeking a commercial service for providing pay-per-use high resolution elevation data in North America. It must come ...
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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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LiDAR Feature extraction specifications/standards

I have vector data representing forests/trees/buildings that have been automatically extracted from LiDAR data. I am looking for specification/guidance for LiDAR derived products, or any standard for ...
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Linux alternatives to visualize and analyze LiDAR datasets

For a long time I have been using softwares based in Windows to visualize and analyze LiDAR data sets for forest application. Recently I have started to move all my work to Ubuntu platform, but I'm ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Converting LAS 1.4 to 1.2

LIDAR files were released for major part of Slovenia few months back in zlas format. Decompressed LAS format is 1.4 version. I have tried many options how to generate DEMs and had some success in ...
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Creating DEM from geoTIFF or asciiGRID LiDAR data?

For a home project I want to 3D print an area from a map. I have downloaded a geoTIFF file and an asciiGRID file from the Tasmanian governments spatial program "TheList". The two files are here: ...
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Lightweight python modules to convert LAS data formats to text formats?

I searched on the net and found pyLAS, but it seems to require quite a few other modules and I couldn't get the install right. Any pointers will be much appreciated.
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Which raster resolution (DEM) can I get out of lidar data with variable grid width?

I have ASCII files in *.xyz format and want to generate a DEM out of it. According to the information about the data the *.xyz files are containing variable grid widths - from 1 meter to 4 meter. ...
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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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arcpy “The table name is invalid”

I wrote a script that, ideally, loads raw .las (LiDAR data) files into a geodatabase, then creates a terrain from the multipoint files that are created. When I run the script though I get: ...
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Irregular XYZ point data to raster (TIF) - LASTools alternative?

I am trying to convert my irregular spaced point data (xyz) to a DEM and then, to a raster (geotiff). Because of the irregular spacing I need a triangulation first, right (so, no spaces are in the ...
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What is the status of any ongoing efforts that will allow QGIS to display .las files directly in the main 2D window?

After some research on QGIS's ability to display .las files, I came to the conclusion that it is not possible: currently any attempt at this requires converting .las to .shp as described here and ...
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Installing LAStools in QGIS 2.4?

Does anyone know where the Processing menu moved in QGIS 2.4? Specifically, I am trying to install the LAStools box for QGIS following these instructions: ...
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Purpose of building footprints

What are the uses (public and private industry) of building footprints? I'm trying to figure out how polygon building footprints can be used. i.e. are they used for determining tax liabilities, ...
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What are limits on ArcScene and TINs from LiDAR?

I am trying to load anywhere from 5 to 10 LiDAR TINS into ArcScene. I am using ArcGIS Desktop Evaluation (student) 9.3.1. I just built a new computer with a AMD Phenom II X6 1090T six core processor, ...
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Raster to vector (polygons) with generalisation

I have created rasters showing different types of vegetation (bushes, trees, open land) with help from lidar data. Now I'm looking for a method to turn these images into polygons. I'm using a Mac ...
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Convert downloaded LiDAR info to DEM in GRASS

I have downloaded LiDAR information as a .asc file and a .tif file, and even though I have tried multiple methods to convert them to a dem I am having no luck. Grass GIS says there is an invalid ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Obtaining sink morphometry from local minima points

I am working on LiDAR data from GIS and R and I want to extract landforms from the DEM. I have found a method to obtain local minima points of my LiDAR data. However, I would like to obtain the ...
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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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Problem with Y offset shift of LAS file (las2las)

I'm trying to set the origin of a georeferenced .las point cloud to be coordinates 0,0,0, essentially stripping the georeferencing. The only way I could think to do this was subtract the minimum X, Y ...
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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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Comparing two TINs created using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have the following two files: LiDAR las file1 Let's give it a name LiDAR las file2, contains the same file1 data, where number of points randomly removed. So if file1 contains X number of ...
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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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GeoReference XYZ point cloud

I am looking for help. I have done a little bit of geo-registration of images with QGIS. But now, I have been handed some LIDAR data in PCD format (basically x,y,z), But it is not geo-referenced. I ...