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 layer" so I could run some analysis on this PC. Putting in another way, I am looking for tool which will decrease the density of multipoint layer.

I know I was using something similar in the past, but I can't remember nor find any clues.

It would rapidly decrease the processing time for analysis.

Using ArcMap 10.2.

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    Hello, yep, I am kinda forced to do it in ArcGis, since I dont have access to any other software. But thank you for the tips!
    – Adamkito
    Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 12:31

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You could try the split tool. You will need to create a grid over your point dataset and use this grid to split your point dataset into multiple smaller datasets with the split tool.

  • I am looking for tool which will decrease the density of multipoint layer. But I will try it this way also. Thank you for helping
    – Adamkito
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 17:13

What kind of analysis do you want to do? You could use the LAS to Multipoint GP tool which creates a multipoint feature class and then create a subset from there. Alternatively, you could create a mosaic dataset that points to the LAS data (files or dataset) and this will rasterize the points. The mosaic dataset is designed to perform well with large amounts of data.

  • Hey, thanks for the tips, I was using the LAS to Multipoint thingy and tried to run kriging/idw for comparison and got Out of memory errors.
    – Adamkito
    Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 12:34

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