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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Tool for exporting las data

Is there any tool available for extracting the X, Y and Z channels from a .las file and exporting them to a .csv or similar file?
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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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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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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: ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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How to write a python code for Add Feature Class To Terrain using interface?

I am trying to write a code that creates a Terrain from lidar data (LAS). The problem is that the inputs are in Feature Dataset in GDB but I don't know how to write code so that using an interface. I ...
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Workflow for generation of contours with LiDAR data and OCAD

I am updating our maps for an orienteering club in Illinois. 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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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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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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Cleaning blocks pattern from urban LIDAR (blocks uplifted from streets)

We have a 1-meter LIDAR DEM from a city. A small subset can be downloaded from this link: This screenshot shows raw DEM with gray palette (darker belts are streets, and greyish and whitish ...
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Setting colour on point cloud data from raster

I was reading this article: 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 anyone know the process for ...
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Optimize nearest neighbor query on 70 million 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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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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Combining 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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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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Using lastile in QGIS

I want to tile one large las tile into a few minor. But I just can't get it done. My original las file have around 30 million points and I want to get 6 smaller las files with 5 million points in ...
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Deleting anomalous points in *.lasd using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am using ArcGIS 10.3.1 for Desktop. I have a raw .las file that I have brought into an ArcGIS .lasd file format. The raw data has several anomalous points; i.e. the maximum elevation for any point ...
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Las tools vs Geocue for LAS1.3 processing [closed]

I am a user of terra solid products. I have las1.3 data set which i need to perform whole processing in 1.3 version. (I need to supply WDP informtaion and classified las dataset as well. So I afraid, ...
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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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TIF not showing UTM coordinates in world file

I have a lot of tif files (ortho imagery that came with Lidar data). Each tile has a .tif and .tfw but the world files (.tfw) have line 5 and 6 as numbers that aren't what I would expect as I was ...
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LASToMultiPoint_3d creating empty files?

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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Converting las files from version 1.2 to 1.3

I have lidar data set which initial waveform data is in LAS 1.3. The classified point cloud needs to be delivered in the same version, but my processing software (TerraSolid V15) allows me to write ...
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Caching LiDAR Image Service outside of ArcGIS to send to ArcGIS Server

To begin this question: I have very limited programming/coding experience and will likely need a detailed explanation if you decide to answer in that route. We are hosting a number of LiDAR services ...
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How to output points using TerraScan based on selected shape and text of block boundary

For those of you who are familiar with TerraScan, does anyone know how to save/output LAS files based on selected shape and text of block boundaries (tile index)? The TerraScan User Guide is pretty ...
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How to make 3D building models from lidar data in ArcGIS?

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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3D model of rooftops based on LiDAR and cadastral data?

I´m trying to model building rooftops based on a LiDAR dataset. I've already interpolated using Delaunay's triangulation a DEM with 1 meter resolution. Due to LiDAR data is not accurate in building ...
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Display LiDAR data in E00 (interchange file) on maps

I have Lidar data in E00 files (interchange files). Can I overlay them on some maps like say Bing maps or Geoserver with OpenLayers? If yes, what is the right way of doing it?
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MCC-LiDAR error: version minor out of range

I am trying to use MCC-LiDAR tool, but I can't get it to work. Example, when I type: C:\>mcc-lidar -s 1 -t 1 TMR_428_63.las output_filename.las I get the following error message: Internal ...
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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 ...