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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Clipping from a tiled LAS dataset with LASTools (for ArcGIS)

I have huge amounts of lidar data stored as tiled datasets per project. The "tiles" are separate LAS files based on our national map sheet setup (800 by 600 meter). To keep an overview of the data I ...
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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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What are definitions of watershed segmentation, local maxima, variable window search, regarding LiDAR for vegetation?

I am not familiar about Lidar. I want to measure trees height and number of trees. I guess, watershed = to locate the trees, local maxima = to measure trees height. I used these methods in SAGA GIS. ...
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Selecting percentage of points from multipoint layer (ArcGis)

I am currently working with las dataset of small area, and I want to run some quick analysis on this area. Since my PC is not the best, I am looking for tool like "extract 50% of multipoints to new ...
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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 ...
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What is the best way 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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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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Which raster resolution (DEM) can I get out of lidar data with variable grid width?

I have ASCII files in *.xyz format and want to generate a DEM out of it. According to the information about the data the *.xyz files are containing variable grid widths - from 1 meter to 4 meter. ...
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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 (http://workshops.boundlessgeo.com/tutorial-lidar/). I am new to ...
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LIDAR online training

Beside ESRI's LIDAR online training, I'd like to work on some hands-on training that I can learn about LIDAR. Are there any good LIDAR out there that I can get some training with the datasets ? ...
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Creating DEM from geoTIFF or asciiGRID LiDAR data?

For a home project I want to 3D print an area from a map. I have downloaded a geoTIFF file and an asciiGRID file from the Tasmanian governments spatial program "TheList". The two files are here: ...
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Convert downloaded LiDAR info to DEM in GRASS

I have downloaded LiDAR information as a .asc file and a .tif file, and even though I have tried multiple methods to convert them to a dem I am having no luck. Grass GIS says there is an invalid ...
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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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How complete are the Fusion tools in QGIS?

How complete are the Fusion tools in QGIS? I have them installed and (vaguely) working, but there are only about ten of them. Is the idea of having just a few tools available, that one can use ...
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How to create DEM from Lidar point cloud data?

I'm using ArcMap and I want to create DEM(s) over an area to have different outputs depending on which settings/filters I put in. I have access to laser point cloud data as my input files. I've worked ...
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Using ASCII LiDAR data tiles which are centimeter rounded (n Z) in ArcGIS Desktop seems to round them to meters?

I try to use four LIDAR tiles in .asc with arcgis9.3. All of this tiles are centimeter round (in z) but one of them seems to be round to meter (see tile on the left up corner on the image below), ...
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How to convert different lidar data formats to raster DTM and measure its geographic position accuracy?

I'm trying to generate a DTM from lidar data and I'm new in the this field. I have different kind of files which describe the same area (different versions): *.dtm *.xyz *.xyz with variable grid ...
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Mine Grid to UTM

I have been given spatial data (lidar) that was collected in mine grid feet in ASCII format. I am using arc to process but need to define a projection does anyone know how to do this or any other ...
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What's the deal with “degradation” and lastools?

I've read a few cautions online and heard a few from colleagues. If you don't purchase a license for lastools, the non-open-source functions will somehow degrade your data or results? Is this true? ...
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laspy reading las file

New to laspy and encountering an error. The first code block describes the file header, the second (In[24]) fails to open the file with laspy: In [21]: import numpy import laspy from laspy.file ...
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Load LAS files in MapInfo

Is it possible to open LAS files within MapInfo? If so, how is accomplished in MapInfo 10.0?
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Is cost of new LiDAR data reasonable for deliverables provided (in Canada)?

My organization is considering hiring a company to capture new LiDAR data to help with current storm water issues that we are currently experiencing. I am a GIS analyst that has been assigned with ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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Removing incorrect (non-ground) points from LiDAR data? [duplicate]

I have ground lidar points, nonground lidar points and tree lidar points. The problem is some of the ground lidar points are incorrect. For example, the highest elevation values of tree and building ...
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How to filter LiDAR data by scan angle?

I am looking to filter LiDAR data (.las format) by scan angle specifications (e.g. keep all points < 15). From a basic Google search, it appears that the LibLAS library has the ability to filter by ...
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Problem with Y offset shift of LAS file (las2las)

I'm trying to set the origin of a georeferenced .las point cloud to be coordinates 0,0,0, essentially stripping the georeferencing. The only way I could think to do this was subtract the minimum X, Y ...
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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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Normalizing point cloud data

How I can get Digital Height Model (only object heights, DSM - DTM = DHM)? Many applications can do this, but they convert it to GRID or TIN format. I was wondering if it was possible to keep 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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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 ...
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What is the status of any ongoing efforts that will allow QGIS to display .las files directly in the main 2D window?

After some research on QGIS's ability to display .las files, I came to the conclusion that it is not possible: currently any attempt at this requires converting .las to .shp as described here and ...
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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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Failing to merge rasters in QGIS

I am new to QGIS but have some familiarity with other GIS software (namely ArcGIS). I want to merge a number of LiDAR digital elevation model (DEM) tiles (specifically, 30 individual tiles) to ...
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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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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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Filtering out canopies and buildings from DEM to have a bare earth elevation

Can anyone suggest methods in filtering out trees and buildings from a DEM so as to come up with a reliable DTM? What I have is a grid from a LIDAR data. I was going to clean out the unnecessary ...