I am working with LiDAR point cloud data of road networks. The goal is to digitize all visible objects like hydrants, streets, sidewalks.
My input data is available in LAS or ASCII format.
My first thought was to use ArcScene and the 3D Analyst to use the points as backdrop data to digitize the features. But I don't have any license yet. See: Displaying LAS Dataset in ArcScene.
I am wondering if there are other software which you can use to digitize point clouds. Many of them can do automatic classification, but that is not what I want. The determining factor is not "free software" here.
I've installed the free Trial of ArcGIS Pro and tested the 3D Editor on my LAS dataset. I was able to draw features within the point cloud. Nonetheless, the usability and performance was pretty bad for a data set with 50,000,000 points. Seems like ArcGIS is not the best tool to draw 3D objects with geographic information.