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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How to determine 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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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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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, ...
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Problem with MCC-LiDAR (insufficient memory)

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: insufficient ...
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River boundary (bank) extraction from LiDAR

Is there any way to extract a river boundary (bank) from LiDAR data and its products (DEM, intensity image and slope) automatically? Digitizing is very time consuming.
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Cropping aerial image using Python?

How can I crop an area from an aerial image knowing the latitude and longitude of the image's corners and also the cropped section? I have a LiDAR scan and I and want to crop an image overlay to fit ...
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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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Rename las files with Python [closed]

I have a bunch of LAS files that have been delivered with different naming conventions. I want to rename the files to all have the same uniform naming - based on the easting and northing coordinates ...
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Proper workflow for LAS to DEM conversion

I regularly come across LiDAR (.LAS) files with elevation data. When I do, I always struggle to find a way of converting them to a DEM for hydrological analysis. I have developed several workflows, ...
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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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How to manipulate lidar map using sun azimuth

Hi I am VERY new to QGIS and am struggling. 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 ...
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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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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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Volume calculation analysis with Quick Terrain Modeler 8.0.2. (QTM)

I have been unsuccessful in finding a tutorial, guide or example of the 'Volume Calculation' analysis tool in Quick Terrain Modeler. http://appliedimagery.com/ I was wondering if anyone else has any ...
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Algorithm behind custom tool of ArcGIS for Desktop called xyz2grid21?

I am a researcher from Romania and I have used xyz2grid21 ArcGIS tool (by Min-Lang Huang) in order to convert xyz files (LIDAR data) to ASCII and ESRI grid in order to obtain a DTM. I need to know ...
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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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Convert coordinate system of Lidar or TIN?

I have Lidar data and I want to create a TIN from it, and then run the TIN Triangle tool to create a polygon shapefile of the triangles. The only thing is that the Lidar data is in a UTM CS with ...
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Lidar data in ArcGIS 10.1

Problem: I have a set of LAS files that doesn't display in Arcmap. Details: I try to use LAS to tin in Arcmap to convert my LAS points to a TIN. However, when browsing to the folder with the files, ...
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How to install LAS tools in Processing for QGIS 2.4?

Does anyone know were 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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How to interpret Lidar scan line problems?

I am calculating various gridmetrics using the Lidar processing tools in FUSION. The dataset I am working with contains 154 flight lines of high density data, at a nominal pulse spacing (NPS) of 1.5 ...
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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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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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Comparing two Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from LAS files?

I have two Lidar las files, one is original let's say with X points. And the other is copy of the first las file but with Y points, where Y is less than X. Now, I want to compare how the Digital ...
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Cloud points metrics with Terrascan

I need to extract from a las file statistics like percentile 95 height and others. Do you know how to do it with Terrascan? I can do it with FUSION, but I would like to do it with Terrascan.
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ArcPy error: Add Feature Class to Terrain. [closed]

I'm writing a script to convert lidar data (in .las format) into a terrain without going through all the clicking and so I can send it out to neighboring states with similar programs (I'm using ArcGIS ...
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Opengeo and Ubuntu memory issue

I was working with LiDAR in Opengeo suite while following the Boundless tutorials (http://workshops.boundlessgeo.com/tutorial-lidar/) In my recent post titled 'LiDAR and Opengeo', I mentioned about ...
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Point cloud LiDAR

I have been trying to grid a point cloud, version1.2, LiDAR datasets which are intended to be used for hydraulic simulation of flood propagation. Already, I have used Arc* to work on the traditional ...
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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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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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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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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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How to make 3D building models from lidar data?

I have Lidar data, ground points and first returns. I have processed it and have ready tiles from which I am trying to build 3D building models. So far I was able to just extrude the buildings in ...
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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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GDAL RasterIO grabbing memory

I have written an application in c++ to read LiDAR files and convert to various rasters using GDAL; this worked very well on small scale tests (47 LAS files) however, when used on a live task the ...
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How to distinguish buildings from vegetation in LIDAR data?

In order to extract the vegetation mask in ecognition, with object base analysis, with creation of the rule sets, the buildings were also classified! Any idea how to extract building from vegetation? ...
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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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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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Workflow for determining stream gradient?

As far as data goes, I'm working with NHD .shp files, 10m DEMs, and some LIDAR data. My goal is to determine gradient for 100m segments of a network of streams. I'm already able to do this, but I ...
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Where can I get pointcloud data?

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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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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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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Why does ArcGIS model not recognize Z value column?

My ArcGIS model used to handle .XYZ files well, but now it fails to recognize Z-value column as such - it either recognise no field at all, or it offers some defaults such as "OID". Since the last ...
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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 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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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 ...