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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Create DEM with 1 foot contours from lidar data with 1.4 meter resolution

I have Lidar data which contains multiple .las files for an entire quad. I have figured out which .las is the area I am looking for. I was told the data is in 1.4 meter resolution and would work to ...
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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 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.
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Finding specific area with coordinates out of a lot of LAS data?

I would like to extract spatial data out of a great amount of LAS data. Unfortunately, there is no index or sth that could help me find which file is for what area. Also, it is not possible to ...
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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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Las dataset to raster with ground points only

I'm trying to make a raster from a las dataset. I want to only use points classified as ground, but I can't figure out how to do this. What I've tried is: Create las dataset from 2 .las files. ...
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Georeferencing las files using liblas

I am trying to write georeferencing information to a '.las' file using liblas and c++. Here is my code: ofstream ofs; ofs.open("test.las", ios::out | ios::binary); liblas::Header header; ...
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LiDAR intensity image from multiple flight lines?

I'm working with multiple raw las tiles, and I've used Fusion to create an intensity image, but it shows the flight line overlap (see below). Any idea how can I smooth the image so that the overlap is ...
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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. I just rasterize the image but then I 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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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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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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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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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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Export ground returns (.las) from classified point cloud

I have lidar data that is classified as several categories (water, ground etc.). I need to open this lidar data in some software (it will be great if it would be a open source software) and delete a ...
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Is it possible to have v.in.lidar without compiling GRASS?

I already have installed libLAS like this: sudo apt-get install liblas-bin And Ì have installed GRASS GIS 7 from the ubuntugis-unstable repository. Is it possible v.in.lidar without compiling ...
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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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Clip multiple .las files data to polygon shapefile using FUSION

I followed this thread in order to clip .las data based off of a polygon shapefile. However I have over 100 .las files I need to clip based off of this polygon and merged into a single .lasd file and ...
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Raster to vector (polygons) with generalisation

I have created rasters showing different types of vegetation (bushes, trees, open land) with help from lidar data. Now I'm looking for a method to turn these images into polygons. I'm using a Mac ...
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Building extraction with LiDAR data (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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Working with lidar points (LAS To Multipoint) in ArcGIS for Desktop?

Currently I'm working with the LAS format and want to transform from WGS84 to RSO Kertau Malaysia. I'm using ArcGIS-Las to Multipoint and Data Management Tool-Project and succeeded in the ...
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LiDAR data transformation from WGS to RSO (Kertau) [duplicate]

I have a lidar data set which i need to transform it from WGS84 to RSO (Kertau). I have Transformation parameters but when apply in Terra Scan transformation..the result is in RSO but not fitting ...
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Processing LAS dataset in QGIS 2.8.2

I need to extract DEM from LIDAR dataset in QGIS 2.8.2. I have installed LAS tools in QGIS. I cannot configure my LAStools because I do not get Processing-->Options and Configuration and instead I get ...
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LAS .PTC classes into ESRI LAS to Mulitpoint

We have some Lidar data that has been classified based on visable features (i.e. trees, streets, buildings, etc.) These LAS data are used inside inside Microstation w/ TerraScan connected to a PTC ...
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How to remove las2dem streaks from raster dem

I've created a series of DEM files using the las2dem tool from LAStools, however since I don't have a licensed version they have black streaks running across them. Does anyone know a good method for ...
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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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Import point cloud into PostgreSQL/ pdal pipeline fails

I have a point cloud dataset that I would like to upload to my postgres/postgis database. I followed this tutorial and I could install everything without problems (on ubuntu 14.04. On ubuntu 12.04 ...
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Deleting only specific LiDAR points in QTM with Mensuration tool

I'm using Quick Terrain Modeler (QTM) 64-bit v8.0.3.4 - I have a set of LiDAR data that has some points that I want to delete, but due to their location it is hard (if not impossible) to delete them ...
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Using GPS to field walk through a LiDAR scene

I am doing field surveying for archaeology using Lidar. If I attached a USB GPS to my laptop would it be possible to track where I am "in real time" on the Lidar as I am field walking? I'm wanting to ...
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Clipping LAS data with multiple shapefiles

I am looking for a method to clip with multiple shapefiles (139 shapefiles polygon) a lidar.las file. I'm using the software Fusion, as described in: How to clip LAS data using shapefile polygons ...
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Problem operating LAStools in QGIS 2.6.1

I have a problem with LAStools in QGIS 2.6.1. I have never used QGIS to process LiDAR data before. I downloaded LAStools yesterday from the rapidlasso GmbH website. I unzipped the “lastools.zip” ...
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Extracting wall information using LIDAR data?

I'm trying to extract wall using the LIDAR. I have tried Fusion, Whitebox, Lastools in Arcgis, Saga and Envi. Those are tools that I can use. The walls I am interested are mainly 1 meter high. Some of ...
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How do you convert a .lasd (Lidar) coordinate system?

How do you 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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How do I combine 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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LiDAR GUI tool for selecting and saving groups of points?

I'm working in a small group that is processing LiDAR data with some custom code. We need to see how well our stuff is working so we need samples of "truth" data that we can compare our output ...
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What is NIR LiDAR?

Can LiDAR sensors collect near-infrared (NIR) data at the same time or does there need to be a separate NIR camera that is combined with the LiDAR data after collection? Blue Marble makes reference ...
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Extracting desired LiDAR points with Quick Terrain Modeler

There may not be a 'better' or 'easier' way to do what I'm asking, but I figured I'd give it a shot and ask around. I'm using Quick Terrain Modeler v8.0.3.4 (x64) and have used the ZEB1 Handheld ...
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Why does my hillshade .ovr display in lower resolution in QGIS?

I have viewed a lidar terrain model hillshade .ovr file on QGIS and Arc and Arc has significantly higher resolution than QGIS. Any thoughts as to why this would happen and ways to enhance resolution ...
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Coordinate formatting for swath data - to polygon

I've got a CSV of Lidar coverage swaths in the below format. Each run or strip is tied together via run_id. I'm assuming L is for left, R is for right and M is for middle. EDIT: These are coordinates ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Extract road defects from terrestrial LiDAR, in Erdas 2012 or ArcGIS10.1

I'd like to extract road defects from a lidar point cloud. So, wherever a road surface drops or raises by a few mm relative to 100 cm around it. I know it's possible but I just can't find or figure ...
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CPUs to process lidar data using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am looking to build a computer to process data in ArcGIS 10.2.2. The main use will be to rasterize 10-100's GBs of lidar data. However, I am unclear as to the capabilities of ArcGIS 10.2.2 to ...
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LiDAR data download, merge and mosaic (Minnesota state)

I have been using the toolbox found here to download LiDAR data for MN (Minnesota-US). The tool is very convenient for downloading multiple tiles but the merge/mosaic function of the tool is ...
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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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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 ...
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Filtering noise out from bare-earth DEM with terrace fields?

I have a 1m bare-earth DEM, derived from LiDAR data, representing a terraced landscape. For the sake of any subsequent use of the DEM (e.g., least-cost path, cost surface analysis, and the like) I am ...
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QGIS error when importing .asc LIDAR data

First let me say that I am novice in GIS department. As archaeologist I had only some courses 8 years back when i was still studying. Now, the problem: When I try to import .asc as raster layer I ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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.