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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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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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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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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How to repair and clean contours from high data resolution (lidar)?

I'm unsuccessfully trying to make a bathymetric map with contours extracted from Lidar data at 1 m resolution. The extracted contours have a lot of artifacts like dangles and islands. First I used ...
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How to decide possible areas for water retention using lidar

I have lidar imagery for a watershed and am trying to process it so that a landowner know if they can hold water on their property or where they can hole the water (this is the more important part). ...
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Problem with mcc-lidar

I am running mcc-lidar on a win7 64bits with 16gb of ram. Nevertheless when I try to process a las file with 1, 800 000 points using -s 0.5 and -t 0.3 the program tells me: Error: insuficient memory; ...
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Finding outliers with wrong Z values in LIDAR data

I have more than 2000 XYZ .txt files and I have to do QC: let's say I have file, which I converted to multipoint (or even singlepart feature). I have mean Z value for a file, but ... if most of the ...
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Help with Parameters for MCC-LiDAR

I am attempting to use MCC-LiDAR to reclassify points (.las) originally classified using TIFFS. However, I seem to either be misunderstanding what the parameters really mean or where to get the ...
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Processing Full-waveform Lidar?

Does anyone know of a good software package for processing full-waveform lidar? Also, does anyone know of a good tutorial on processing full-waveform lidar?
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Can I use LASTools to classify point data?

I am presently using LAStools to analyse LiDAR data. Can LAStools classify the points into various features such as vegetation, roads, buildings etc? If so, how is it done?
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Dikes extraction from DEM

I do have DEM of 1x1 meter and original LiDAR point cloud in .las, that DEM is made of. I need to extract river dikes (highest points of the dikes) to vector feature (point, polyline). Any idea for ...
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Aerial LiDAR: What is an acceptable resolution?

I am in the process of initiating a project involving laser scanning. The area to be scanned i s approximately 5000 km². We are initially going to use the data to create a solar potential application, ...
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How to clip from a point layer using postgis?

I've loaded a LIDAR xyz file into a PostGIS2.0 database and created a 3D point geometry column ("tblCLOUD") from the data. I've also loaded into the database a shapefile that contains six ...
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How do I combine high resolution and generalized hillshade rasters to produce enhanced shaded relief?

I often add LiDAR data to a map along with a shaded relief. Most of the time i have to generalize the LiDAR dem depending on the scale of the map. Still, there is often too much detail and mountain ...
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PostGIS interpolation / triangulation options

I'm looking for an open source workflow to automate DEM construction. We have a series of sites that fall within a LIDAR dataset. We want to create site specific DEM's for each site, and we're ...
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What are Limits on ArcScene and 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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QGIS 1.7.4 crashes when using interpolation tool

I am currently using QGIS with Lidar data to produce hillshade images. I have split the lidar data in 20 files (31kb). Some of the files are working some are not. I have checked the files xyz are ...
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How to a convert LiDAR XYZ files to DEM / DSM?

Normally consultants (LiDAR survey) provide me with data to my specifications; already in ESRI GRID or ASCII GRID format. This way LiDAR data can be easily used with ArcGIS. This time I only have xyz ...
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Methodology for creating accurate drainage networks (and catchments) from high resolution LiDAR DEM?

This is not the first time I've stumbled over this issue; it seems that I am unable to generate a correct drainage network model and the resulting catchments from full resolution (1m cells) LiDAR ...
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SAGA-GIS Produces different results in command line than GUI

I have been working on a lidar processing workflow using SAGA-GIS. I determined my workflow on a single tile in the SAGA GUI and now I need to batch the operations on 100 more tiles. I wrote a batch ...
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LASToMultiPoint_3d

Trying to use the arcgis python command LAStoMultipoint_3d as seen here. I'm running the code snippet against one of my LAS files. It creates a .shp, sbx, shp.xml, shx and dbf file. However, the ...
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Best method to aggregate 1m DEM mosaic to 10m DEM

I have a mosaic of a 1m LiDar derived DEM. I need to output a subset of the data as a 10m DEM. I am currently using the aggregate tool in ARCGIS 10 to produce a mean value for each new 10m pixel. ...
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Lidar Elevations Data

I am trying to acquire a method of detecting sub cm elevation without manually measuring from the field. Can LIDAR data produce this for me? Example: A 1500 foot long pipe conveying water from one ...
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How to create a generalized polygon layer from a raster?

I have a tiff file where I have extracted vegetation in a height interval from LIDAR. At the moment the picture is kind of blurry with no data cells between vegetated cells. I would like to create a ...
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Lidar - Automated building extraction (Improve Process)

I have the following process for automatically creating building outlines/footprints from Las files and was wondering if anyone can help improve it or has suggestions for other processes to use? ...
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Aligning coordinate systems: gpx, LiDAR, shapefile

I am working on a project based on a lidar data set (for use in LidarViewer in Linux, a basic x,y,z viewer) that was downloaded from #1 below at Opentopo.org and looking to add onto this data set with ...
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optimize nearest neighbor query on 70 million extremely high density spatial point cloud on SQL Server 2008

I have about 75 million records in a SQL Server 2008 R2 Express database. Each is a lat long corresponding to some value. The table has geography column. I am trying to find one nearest neighbor for a ...
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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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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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Can REST or the ArcGIS API for Flex read VAT tables from a Raster?

When publishing a bare earth DEM that has a VAT table, or value attribute table "A VAT is a table containing attributes for a grid, including user-defined attributes, the values assigned to cells in ...
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Where can I find the highest resolution shapefiles for counties or states

I am looking for a download source which has the highest resolution (greatest detail/accuracy) for all counties in the US. More specifically I run into this problem mainly when dealing with the ...
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Is there an 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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comparing two TINs

i have the following two files: 1) LiDAR las file1 2) 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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How to track raw data deliveries and determine when all input data has been delivered and is ready for processing [closed]

When working with large amounts of raw input data for your analysis, how do you track data from different sources and covering different geographic extents to determine when you can proceed with the ...
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How to display dynamic raster (lidar) data on a Web map?

I have some high quality LiDAR data. I need to process it dynamically, and update a field (not elevation field) depending on my input and elevation at that point. Once this is done, I need to display ...
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Get Cell Value Webservice for ArcGIS Raster (LiDAR) without using ArcGIS

I want to expose the getCellValue function on Lidar Data, as a web service. But I don't have access to ArcGIS (server or desktop). What options do I have to fetch cell value, given lat lon, from a ...
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Grass v.rast.stats returning null values

I have a vector layer (polygon) and a raster layer. The raster layer holds values for height above bald earth in a field called "value". I'd like the vector layer to inherit either the mean or the ...
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LIDAR data for Chicago

Is there any public or private sources of LIDAR data for the city of Chicago? Searching online has not lead me to any sources, and I am unsure how the commercial world of LIDAR works. The LIDAR point ...
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Converting xyz batch to ESRI grid format using XYZ2GRID 2.1 - batch problems

I am trying to use Min-Lang Huang's XYZ2GRID2.1-Batch program downloaded from ArcScripts and I keep getting the error C:\users\public...........xyz Error-Object required Does anyone know what the ...
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How to display Lidar Data in ee0 (Interchange File) on Maps

Hi I have Lidar data in ee0 files (interchange files). Can i ovaerlay them on some maps like say Bing Maps or Geoserver with Open Layers? If yes whats the right way of doing it? Thanks
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Where I can find real world data for triangulation?

I want points for practicing triangulation algorithms. Just points with coordinates [X,Y] and elevation [Z] of real world terrain. I can use Google Maps Elevation API, but there is no method how to ...