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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
0answers
140 views

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.
1
vote
1answer
104 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
265 views

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. ...
4
votes
3answers
434 views

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) ...
2
votes
0answers
56 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
191 views

Lidar and Opengeo suite

Opengeo suite has provided a tutorial on how to manage LiDAR data using postgresql. I was trying to follow the tutorial in this link. I am new to Linux and using Ubuntu 12.04. I have successfully ...
1
vote
2answers
118 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
192 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
194 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
456 views

Merging multiple rasters with the SAME spatial extent

So I began with lidar elevation data 1m resolution, and I performed a terrain analysis to extract specific ranges of elevation from the raster (1st picture is 0-1m elevation, 2nd picture is 1-2m ...
2
votes
1answer
183 views

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: ...
1
vote
2answers
228 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
810 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
21 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
763 views

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, ...
2
votes
1answer
124 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
145 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
126 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
42 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
141 views

Correcting class codes of LiDAR files in ArcGIS

Is there any procedure to automatically correct lidar classification? My LAS Dataset has water listed as ground and buildings listed as vegetation. Just wondering if there is any option to fix this. ...
0
votes
0answers
90 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

Make a ground mask raster with the Greater Than tool

I'm trying to see if I can replicate the Esri solar suitability site example from this article. I fail on the creation of the binary ground raster. I have made a Bare Earth raster from LiDAR ground ...
4
votes
1answer
279 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
504 views

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 ...
13
votes
3answers
376 views

Account for bridge overpasses in a ground DEM to allow for water flow under the overpass

I have a bare earth DEM made from lidar data (A). It works well and has passed all accuracy tests. It is used in storm surge models. The problem we are having is on underpasses. I need to allow water ...
1
vote
0answers
133 views

LiDAR dataset displaying 500 meters to the east of correct position

Why does my LIDAR dataset show up ~500 meters to the east of the correct position even though a spatial reference/coordinate system is provided? Some background: The LIDAR data were downloaded from ...
3
votes
1answer
119 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
96 views

How to increase FUSION-LTK lidar processing productivity?

I am processing Lidar data with FUSION-LTK. My study area contains 5 blocks of 1000 las tiles per block. Each block is broken into approximately 4 subblocks of 250 las tiles. I am calculating grid ...
2
votes
2answers
759 views

Installing LASTools to QGIS on a Mac (or other LAS processing plugins)

I recently saw this link how to install LAStools toolbox to QGIS. The problem is that the instructions are only for Windows users. Now I wonder if it's possible to install LAStools on a Mac with QGIS ...
3
votes
3answers
269 views

Removing duplicates from large LAS files

Are there any publicly and free (not necessarily open-source) applications that can remove duplicate points from LiDAR clouds? I would like something on the lines of lasduplicate -unique_xyz, which ...
2
votes
3answers
167 views

What can I do with lidar returns of 6 or greater in LAS 1.2 specification?

I have lidar LAS data that contains a number of points that represent returns 6 or 7. The data is supposed to be in ASPRS LAS 1.2 specification, which does not allow return numbers (echos) greater ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Creating DSM and DTM from a LAS using a freeware solution

Is it possible to export a surface and terrain model files from an aerial, LiDAR point cloud (LAS) set? I am using SAGA GIS for very basic operations, but I couldn't find this option (and I have a ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

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, ...
2
votes
2answers
120 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
171 views

What is the definition of pt_spacing on Point File Information tool?

I can't find any definition for the outputs of Point File Information tool (3D analyst), specifically the pt_spacing field. Is this the average distance between points, or the average number of ...
2
votes
0answers
82 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
193 views

Analyse slope gradient from LiDAR .asc data

I'm new to using QGIS. I have purchased some LiDAR data which downloads as .asc format, is there a way to analyse the terrain slope angle from this data or does it need to be converted into DEM? ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
114 views

What tools or opensource library could I use to deal with LIDAR data(mobile laser scan data)? [duplicate]

I would like to do some reasearch job relating to automatic objects extraction along the road, like road markings, pole-like objects. I have to pre-process the original data before applying my own ...
5
votes
1answer
131 views

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. ...
2
votes
1answer
148 views

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, ...
4
votes
1answer
178 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
122 views

Clip raster with shapefile

I want to clipping raster (Lidar) with shapefile in qgis ver.2.0.1. Which plugin in qgis could I use it ? Thanks for help me.
5
votes
2answers
394 views

How do I get the projection of an LAS file using liblas?

I am using the python api of liblas to read/write las files. I would like to get the spatial reference information of the las file using liblas, but have been unable to figure it out. Can anyone ...
0
votes
1answer
429 views

How do I read 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 ...
0
votes
1answer
290 views

Where to obtain LiDAR Data for Romania?

I need LIDAR Data for realizing a urban hydrology study (Romania areas), whence I can get this data? There is a chance to obtain data for this area (Cluj-Napoca city)? I'm PhD student are chances to ...
23
votes
2answers
4k views

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, ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
544 views

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 ...