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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Options for manually identifying road defects from Terrestrial Lidar

I am trying to create a process to identify road defects manually from Lidar. We have Erdas 2013, ArcGIS10.1 and Global Mappper 14.2 as options for paid software. So far Merrick Mars displays the ...
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Feature Extraction from LiDAR in Erdas 2012 or ArcGIS10.1

I know it's possible but I just can't find or figure out a workflow for it. Erdas Webinars has the workflow for ver 2011 but this is very different in 2013 as it uses a raster img file instead. I ...
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arcpy “The table name is invalid”

I wrote a script that, ideally, loads raw .las (LiDAR data) files into a geodatabase, then creates a terrain from the multipoint files that are created. When I run the script though I get: ...
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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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How do I import UK Environment Agency Lidar data (.asc) into Quantum GIS

I have downloaded Lidar data from the UK Environment Agency as ESRI ASCII files but being a complete novice as far as GIS is concerned I do not know how to view them. Quantum GIS was recommended to me ...
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Input data format and read multiple files into Grass 6.4.1

I am trying to read in multiple (hundreds, thousand) LiDAR ascii files into Grass. They contain elevation data. I think I have managed one, and I can make a map of elevations, using File, Import ...
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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 (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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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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Huge point cloud laser data in PostGIS - Storing and Processing it

I wonder, how it's possible to store huge sets of laser scanned point cloud data in PostGIS, with the time-aspect for processing it in mind. I know, there exists a geometry-object Point in PostGIS. ...
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Grass 7 .las data import problem

I compiled Grass7 on Ubuntu 12.10, with liblas in order to run r.in.lidar and v.in.lidar. I now want to import .las data; the option in file -> import raster data -> LAS LIDAR points import is given ...
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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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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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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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How do I install the las2ogr tool from liblas in Windows using the osgeo4w installer?

I was wondering if anyone has used the LAS2OGR tool? I heard about this from a previous post. The webpage gives the usage: http://www.liblas.org/utilities/las2ogr.html las2ogr -i mydata.las -o ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Simulate flood to assess Asset inundation footprints

I am trying to evaluate a number of flood gauges to assess at what levels of river height different flood risks would need to be issued. The gauges are currently set to warn of flood a couple of ...
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Do any open-source .Net libraries (commercially usable) exist for reading/writing LiDAR data?

I have a few LiDAR point data (.las files) with me. I would like to read the X,Y and Z from it using .Net. I found liblas, which is in C++ and I am not sure if it can be used commercially after ...
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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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What are best alternatives to Esri software for LIDAR data?

I will be working with LIDAR data soon and am wondering what are the best alternatives to Esri software in your opinion? Which are generally considered to be the tops and flops of the LIDAR Sofware ...
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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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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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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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Where are Esri LasDatasetBuilder examples?

Does anyone know of any working examples leveraging the new ESRI ArcGIS 10.1 Lidar classes i.e LasDataSet or LasBuilder class? I've looked around on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why does ArcGIS Publisher appear to mirror ecw Lidar files on southern axis of file?

ArcGIS Publisher appears to be mirroring the ecw Lidar files on the southern axis of the file. Has anyone experience this? Is there a setting in ArcGIS Publisher that I need to turn on or off? The way ...
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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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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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Mosaicing LIDAR files in ArcGIS 10

I have a number of LIDAR files (the extension is .adf). When put together, they show the same area (each shows one part of it), so, before I do anything else with them, I would like to combine them ...
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Are there any open source software for obtaining and processing data from the Velodyne HDL-32E lidar?

Does anybody know if a FOSS package exists? The best I could find are the scripts at binarymillenium. I was just hoping somebody here knows of a complete package for obtaining and processing the data. ...
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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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Viewing .las format LIDAR data in QGIS?

Is there an easy path to visualizing this LIDAR data? I have QGIS, and some USGS LIDAR data in (.las) format downloaded from http://lidar.cr.usgs.gov/ . This means I have both the (.las) and ...
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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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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 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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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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How to convert LAS to GRID/Raster for ArcGIS input?

I was wondering if there is an option to convert LAS (LIDAR data) to raster or GRID format that ArcGIS could read it. Thanks.
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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 ...