In order to extract points from a .lasd (here, I call it "x.lasd") by 30 individual polygons, I am using the following code for the Extract LAS tool in ArcGIS 10.4:

inCuadriculas = r'C:\Users\...\cuadriculas' #This folder contaings 30 polygons
inLas = r'C:\Users\...\x.lasd' #This is the las dataset that contains 4 las files
outLas = r'C:\Users\...\outLas' #This folder will contain all the 33 .lasd outputs

for las in inCuadriculas: #loop in the folder
    j=2 # variable to rename the future .lasd outputs
    print inCuadriculas # Check the name of the polygons. 

I get this error:

Message File Name Line Position Traceback
C:\Users...\clip_las.py 49
ExtractLas c:\program files (x86)\arcgis\desktop10.4\ArcPy\arcpy\ddd.py 2003 ExecuteError: Failed to execute. Parameters are not valid. ERROR 000732: Extraction Boundary: Dataset C:\Users...\cuadriculas does not exist or is not supported Failed to execute (ExtractLas).

According to the tool guide in: http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/latest/tools/3d-analyst-toolbox/extract-las.htm, the third parameter (extent) is optional.

  • The tool name is ExtractLas, but in the code you use ExtractLas_3d. Why is that? Mar 28, 2017 at 19:56
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    You are right, Andre Silva. In the link I show, there is the ExtractLas_3d and ExtractLas nomenclature... I used ExtractLas_3d and I have the result expected.
    – Ric_02
    Mar 30, 2017 at 15:15

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Do you want to run ExtractLas_3d for each of the 30 polygons?

You cant "loop a folder" with for las in inCuadriculas since inCuadriculas is a path (string) to a folder. You need to list the polygons with ListFeatureClasses and then loop over each of the listed polygons:

import arcpy
inCuadriculas = r'C:\Users\...\cuadriculas'
inLas = r'C:\Users\...\x.lasd'
outLas = r'C:\Users\...\outLas'



for polygon in polylist:
    arcpy.ExtractLas_3d(in_las_dataset=inLas, target_folder=outLas, boundary=polygon, 
                        process_entire_files='PROCESS_EXTENT', remove_vlr='MAINTAIN_VLR',
                        rearrange_points='REARRANGE_POINTS', compute_stats='NO_COMPUTE_STATS', 
  • 1. The first question is because there is another tool? 2. I am adding 'Outlas_{0}.lasd'.format(polygon)) in order to have a las dataset as a result, but it doesn't work. I tried it manually, and it creates the las dataset.
    – Ric_02
    Mar 22, 2017 at 14:28

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