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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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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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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Workflow for determining stream gradient?

As far as data goes, I'm working with NHD .shp files, 10m DEMs, and some LIDAR data. My goal is to determine gradient for 100m segments of a network of streams. I'm already able to do this, but I ...
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Comparing two Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from LAS files?

I have two Lidar las files, one is original let's say with X points. And the other is copy of the first las file but with Y points, where Y is less than X. Now, I want to compare how the Digital ...
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Methodology for creating accurate drainage networks (and catchments) from high resolution LiDAR DEM?

This is not the first time I've stumbled over this issue; it seems that I am unable to generate a correct drainage network model and the resulting catchments from full resolution (1m cells) LiDAR ...
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Assigning RGB values from Geotiff image to LiDAR data, using R

I have given a Geotiff image and its corresponding Lidar data (x,y,z) in UTM coordinates. I need to merge the Lidar data with the RGB values from the image. That means, at the end, I need to plot ...
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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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Working with LiDAR data using other than Esri software?

I will be working with LiDAR data soon and I am wondering what the alternatives to using Esri software to do this are, including open source solutions?
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to make 3D building models from lidar data?

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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What is the procedure to load LAS files in QGIS 2.0.1?

What is the present procedure to load LAS files in QGIS 2.0.1? After some searching I found a paper outlining the procedure; however, it was for 1.8.something, and related posts here are all rather ...
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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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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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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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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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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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LiDAR Feature extraction specifications/standards

I have vector data representing forests/trees/buildings that have been automatically extracted from LiDAR data. I am looking for specification/guidance for LiDAR derived products, or any standard for ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Viewing, classifying, and processing LAS data using free open source software? [duplicate]

Is there a pipeline for viewing, classifying, and processing LAS data using free open source software?
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Is it possible to load an .las file directly into QGIS? [duplicate]

Is it possible to load an .las file directly into QGIS? I would like to be able to load LiDAR data and to be able to do analysis based various feature attributes; e.g., elevation, classifications, ...