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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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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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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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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Where can I get pointcloud data? [closed]

Is there any freely available pointcloud data? I'm especially interested in dense clouds of small areas(5m to 100m radius) but anything else would be fine too. Edit: I've found that these pages ...
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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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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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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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Reset a base elevation in Pix4D?

Does anyone know how to set a baseline elevation in Pix4D, or is that something that has to happen on the drone-capturing side? The reason is that I have an area which is flown with LiDAR, several ...
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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 data....
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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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LasDatasetToRaster does nothing to the Raster Layer

I have been trying to figure out how to clip and rasterize a LiDAR map file programmatically (Not through arcpy) I use C# but read many languages. So far I have been able to access and assign the LASD ...
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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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Costs and requisites when hiring aerial LiDAR survey [closed]

My organization is considering hiring a company to capture new LiDAR data to help with current stormwater issues that we are currently experiencing. I am a GIS analyst that has been assigned with this ...
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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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Reading 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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Problem reprojecting LiDAR data using liblas

I have multiple lidar data sets and I am trying to reproject them using liblas. They are missing the coordinate system in the header information so I assign them an SRS using las2las --a_srs: las2las ...
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Filtering out canopies and buildings from DSM to have a bare earth elevation

Can anyone suggest methods in filtering out trees and buildings from a DSM so as to come up with a reliable DEM? What I have is a grid from a LIDAR data (.tif file, with 1m resolution). I was going ...
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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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libLAS georeference las file and update header [duplicate]

I am just starting to use libLAS and I had a small issue. I have next code to generate a las file with georeferenced points: std::ofstream ofs; liblas::Header header; liblas::SpatialReference srs; ...
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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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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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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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Calculating coverage of vector polygon over other polygons?

I have a shapefile file that contains a LiDAR footprint and I'm trying to figure out how much a county is covered by the LiDAR footprint. Two separate shapefiles. The attribute table for the county ...
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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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Orthogonal correction of building footprints after extracted from a raster

I have ArcGIS 10.1 and am working on a project involving extraction of vegetation and building classes from LIDAR (unclassified) data and aerial imagery (resolution 30x30cm). I have managed to ...
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LiDAR intensity image from multiple flight lines?

I'm working with multiple raw las tiles, and I've used Fusion to create an intensity image, but it shows the flight line overlap (see below). Any idea how can I smooth the image so that the overlap is ...
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Converting a .lasd (Lidar) coordinate system?

How can one change a coordinate system for a .lasd (Lidar) dataset? The file is currently in UTM_Zone_15N and I am trying to convert it to IL_East.
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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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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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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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Benefits of *.las vs *.xyz or *.ascii when working with LiDAR in ArcGIS for Desktop?

From time to time, we use LiDAR data for modelling in ArcGIS. Previously, we would be supplied either an .xyz or .ascii of the data, but more recently, we are also being provided .las files in ...
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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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Landform design/3D in ArcMap 10.2

Im a self taught ArcMap user working in a small business, so no one to bounce problems off. My aim is this: I would like to be overlay different surfaces, manipulate them, and display them. The ...
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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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Ways to visualize multiple large LIDAR tiles?

I want to load approximately 10 large LIDAR tiles for analysis. I have tried using ArcScene but it appears there is a limit on how much data ArcScene can handle at one time. Each tile is 65-90MB in ...
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Identifying LiDAR tiles that are located within boundaries of AOI

I am attempting to replicate the process of creating digital elevation models from raw LiDAR data and have been provided with LAS files covering an approximate 530 square mile county area. However, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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: http://rapidlasso.com/2013/09/29/how-to-...
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Extract DEM and DTM information from LIDAR image using E-Cognition

I´m trying to extract DEM and DTM from a LIDAR file. Currently, I rasterize the image but don´t know which algorithm I need to apply to obtain the DEM and DTM information in different models to be ...
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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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LiDAR doesn't work in QGIS [duplicate]

I'm having troubles to make LiDAR work in QGIS, the instructions are quiet clear and it appears in my processing dialog but when I try to run "lasview" it just doesn't do anything, not even an error, ...
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Create a raster dataset containing the number of returns from a las file? [duplicate]

I already created DEMs, DTMs, DSMs from a LiDAR (LAS) file with a little help from the internet. However, right now I'm kind of stuck in my research. I want to create a raster file which contains ...
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Drawing irregularly shaped boundary polygon around set of LAS points using ArcMap?

I am working with a set of LAS data which is irregularly shaped, picture a starfish as the point coverage, surrounding the starfish may be water on one side, may be more land elsewhere but no points ...
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Convert from shapefile or raster formats to LAS (preferably free)

I am looking for a solution to convert either from ESRI shapefile format to LAS or from a common raster format to LAS. I have access to following software: ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop (arcinfo with ...
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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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Open-source reader of Leica C10 terrestrial LiDAR proprietary file format

I have a Leica C10 terrestrial LiDAR (laser scanner) system. The system creates and stores point cloud data in a proprietary .bin file. Currently I have to use Leica's proprietary LiDAR software, ...