My las file had a spatial reference of "None." I tried to assign the CRS (in which data were collected) with the following command line:

las2las flightline_002.las --a_srs EPSG:32632
lasinfo --no-check flightline_002.las 

Lasinfo still reports it as "None." See screenshot below, line 'Spatial Reference':

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Those extent coordinates are UTM meters.

I am working through the examples on http://www.liblas.org/start.html#osx, with libLAS 1.7.0, GeoTIFF 1.4.0 GDAL 1.11.1, Mac OS 10.9.4. Any thoughts?

  • What is the original (source) spatial reference?
    – Aaron
    May 20, 2016 at 0:26
  • None. I mean, the data was collected in EPSG 32632, but that doesn't seem to be stored with the .las.
    – J Kelly
    May 20, 2016 at 0:27
  • Those extent coordinates are UTM meters.
    – J Kelly
    May 20, 2016 at 0:28
  • :) I dunno -- let's see if I can clip it without a crs.
    – J Kelly
    May 20, 2016 at 12:03

1 Answer 1


las2las flightline_002.las --a_srs EPSG:32632 doesn't modify flightline_002.las. Rather, it creates a new file called output.las with the spatial reference information. output.las is the default value of the -o [ --output ] option available in las2las.

To specify the new filename, use the following construction:

las2las --a_srs EPSG:32632 flightline_002.las flightline_002_w_srs.las

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