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Questions tagged [lidar]

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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Seeking free LiDAR data for studying forest structures and dynamics? [on hold]

I am new to LiDAR and no one I know works with it either, so I am hoping some one would be willing to throw some ideas about what LiDAR data could be used for and how to go about it. For my thesis at ...
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Choosing Topographic Wetness Index or Flow Accumulation raster?

What is the better raster to use qualitatively - Topographic Wetness Index or Flow Accumulation - to clearly see potential areas of surface flow/wetness across a landscape? As an example, what's "...
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Estimating building or vegetation volume with unclassified LiDAR datasets

I'm trying to determine the ratio of building to vegetation change (i.e. how has the volume of built structures changed in proportion to the volume of vegetation) in a city over a period of five years....
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Coordinates from pixel value in ASCII format LiDAR data?

I'm using Environment Agency DTM LiDAR data which I import into Mathematica in ASCII format to produce ground surface models, sections, etc. The process works fine, but I'm unclear whether the cell ...
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Accessing raw data from LAZ file in Python with Open Source software?

Is there anyway to access raw "LAZ" (not LAS) datasets in Python? I was trying to with ArcPy (I'd prefer not too), but it doesn't seem able to access LAZ. I'd prefer to work with the raw LAZ file and ...
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Error in reading point cloud data (.las) in R?

I want to generate a DEM using a point cloud (.las) for which I tried reading it in R using rlas, lidR and rLiDAR : readLAS command and none of it seems to work. The LASfile is not being read at all....
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Parallel optimization for query over LiDAR dataset

I'm using PostGIS + pointcloud to store a huge dataset of LiDAR point (2M patches of 600points) I query this database to obtain the altimetic profile between two points. At the moment I have a huge ...
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Why ground model from point cloud in Global Mapper is inaccurate?

I have a LAS file that I assumed was based on LiDAR, but it is actually based on ADS (airborne digital sensor) imagery, according to the body that captured the data. I load the file in to Global ...
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Using LiDAR as Basemap in ArcGIS Online

I am looking for a method to be able to display LiDAR data as my basemap in ArcGIS online so that I can use the map in the field with the Collector Application. I have the LiDAR.las files, so I am ...
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LIDAR scans of the same location give very different values [closed]

In QGIS, I have a number of LIDAR scans of the same geographic location over a number of years. The actual values in the .asc files differ markedly (see image). Do the different value ranges for the ...
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LAS/LAZ parser for NodeJS

I cannot find any popular libraries for parsing (reading into memory) of LAS or LAZ (lidar data) files in NodeJS (desktop Javascript) https://github.com/yuyou/liblas4node/blob/master/lib/liblas.js ...
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Creating DTM from FUSION?

I'm trying to create a DTM from FUSION groundfilter, gridsurfacecreate and dtm2tif tools; and then create contours with QGIS. FUSION works correctly in the command lines on Windows 7. Then, in QGIS 3....
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Combing multiple LAS files with different vertical and horizontal accuracy?

The data set in question was made using .las and .zlas files from respectable sources. Data set 1 was collected in the Fall of 2014. The RAW flight line swath data was processed to create classified ...
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Constructing a function to pass to lidR::grid_metrics

I am attempting to write an R function, as part of a package, that takes a lidar tile (LAS object) and a vector of cut-points defining vertical layers, and returns a RasterStack where each layer has a ...
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LiDAR first and lastreturns eCognition [closed]

Recently I downloaded the new version of eCognition Developer. I remember that before when processing LiDAR data by using algorithms it is pretty easy to generate LiDAR first and last returns. ...
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Unable to install FUSION in QGIS 3.2?

I'm unable to install FUSION in QGIS 3.2 on Ubuntu 16.04. Andre Silva on Creating DEM from LAS file without using LAStools? says to use the same procedure as LAStools (up to QGIS 2.18 version). I've ...
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Extracting Road Terrain Properties using DEM / LIDAR

I want to extract following road terrain data from DEM but I'm not sure if its possible. Can i extract these attributes using LIDAR if not DEM ? These are the data fields I need: Horizontal curve ...
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Optimizing workflow for FUSION's PolyClipData?

I have multiple large LiDAR datasets (.laz) from different areas, where I need to extract buildings. I have prepared a shapefile containing a buffer around the buildings I care about, and are using ...
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Create point label LiDAR [duplicate]

Is there an easy way to add label/classes on every point of a LiDAR file (I can convert the file to ptx / LAS /LAZ)? I'm looking for a small "paint" program were I could easily apply labels with a ...
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Merging multiple LiDAR (.las) files?

I downloaded about 9 LiDAR scenes from USGS and I want to use ArcGIS to merge them so that I can carry out tasks on them together as opposed to one by one.
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Digitize objects in a LiDAR point cloud?

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 ...
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Saving LAZ files to different location from input (LAS) files? [duplicate]

All of the command line examples I'm seeing show how to create LAZ files in the same folder as the LAS files, e.g.: C:\Folder\tools>laszip F:\Folder\LAS_points\*.las Unfortunately, I don't have ...
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Importing LiDAR point cloud classes in Potree?

I can't find a way to import classes (roof, vegetation, ground, etc..) in Potree. I generated the web page, except I get the black point cloud. When I, for example, open .las file in ERDAS Imagine, I ...
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Why did Esri create .zlas compressed LiDAR files instead of adopting .laz?

I am talking about the Esri Optimized LAS file format for compressed LiDAR files (.zlas). While the uncompressed format (.las) from ASPRS was adopted by practically the entire Remote Sensing and GIS ...
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Strange Pattern in LIDAR derived DSM raster

I produced a DSM raster from LIDAR data for eastern Kentucky. There are strange lines from southwest to northeast. Do you have any idea what those might be? I generated the DSM raster with both first ...
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LiDAR returns over water bodies?

I have obtained LiDAR data from my environmental agency in order to obtain the relative heights of each watercourse station. A far as I know, LiDAR signals do not get returned over water bodies. ...
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Downsampling lidar data - to have fewer points [duplicate]

I have a Lidar data (shp in ArcGIS) that contains millions of points (hundreds in each 10 m pixel of a Sentinel-2 image). Is there a way to reduce this - so that I will have say just 2 or 3 points in ...
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Choosing LiDAR tiles with vector data using LAStools?

So the problem is that I have a huge amount of LiDAR tiles (in .laz format), but need only part of them that are within the borders of the city. When I load all the tiles to LASTools, I have ...
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Converting .pcd LiDAR binary compressed file to .las format?

I have LiDAR data in the format of .pcd in a binary compressed file (version .7). How can I convert it into .las format or any other that can be readable by LAStools in ArcGIS 9.3 version ownwards? ...
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Reprojecting LiDAR data with libLAS error: “x scale and offset combination is insufficient to represent the data”

Disclaimer: This is a duplicate of this, a question without an answer. This is not, however, a duplicate of this, as it is a different error. I have a LAS file projected in EPSG:32636, and I need to ...
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Failed to install Potree on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic

I am trying to install Potree on my computer and I am stuck. I am following these instructions: $ sudo apt-get install python-software-properties git $ sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake g++ $...
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PDAL pipeline could not connect to server: Connection refused

I am trying to import .las files to the postgres database. My pipeline is: { "pipeline":[ { "type":"readers.las", "filename":"data/pt000002.las", "spatialreference":"EPSG:4326" }, { "type":"...
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How to run PDAL pipeline with docker

I used to use PDAL with conda environment, and in that time I used pipeline command with the simple: sudo pdal pipeline -i /Documents/laz2pg.txt And that did the work. But, now, at the moment, I ...
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Availability of Frequent LiDAR Data in UK?

I am looking for LIDAR data of grasslands located all around UK with a spatial resolution of 1m and a frequency of at least once a week. I've already had a look at the Environmental Agency but their ...
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LiDAR Point Classification Program Recommendation [duplicate]

I'm working with terrestrial LiDAR data to create a reference data set and need to classify the points into either ground points or non-ground points. Automated/semi-automated methods don't seem to be ...
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PDAL works in Windows command but not in OSGeo4WShell?

I want to import a pointcloud into a PostGIS database. AFAIK you accomplish this with PDAL which comes with OSGeo4W. I was following this tutorial: OSGeo4W LiDAR tutorial and also this tutorial PDAL....
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Getting buildings multipatch from LiDAR data without building footprints?

I have a 3D LiDAR data and aerial images. Is there a way to obtain the buildings multipatch (.shp), given that I don't actually have the buildings' footprints?
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Installing PgPointCloud extension for PostgreSQL on Ubuntu Bionic

I'm stuck with the installation of the PgPointCloud extension for PostgreSQL. I found this article: https://connect.boundlessgeo.com/docs/suite/4.6/dataadmin/pointcloud/install.html But when I run ...
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Loading LIDAR data to POSTGRES and use it with DJANGO [closed]

I have some project at the Faculty and I don't know from where to begin. I have point cloud data (LIDAR data) and I need to make the website with that data on it and with functions for some sort of ...
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PDAL error: “Couldn't create filter stage of type 'filters.cpd'”

I would like to use the cpd filter to transform a point cloud, but I am heading to the following error: RuntimeError: Couldn't create filter stage of type 'filters.cpd' which comes from the ...
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Load a .las file in QGIS 2.18.7 [duplicate]

Looking to load a .las file into QGIS so I can view it's coverage and extents. What is the best method to get this work quickly and efficiently?
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Naming conventions for LiDAR files?

I can't figure out what is specifically being referenced by the names of these .las files: They correspond to a specific quadrangle, but can't figure out quite how.
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JSON pipeline in Python doesn't create any output file?

I have ground LiDAR point cloud with some noise points. I would like to use filter.statistics in PDAL (in Python 3.6) using JSON pipeline to filter the noise out. json = """ { "pipeline":[ "/9A-...
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Visualizing extra bytes from LAS 1.4 in Potree?

I was wondering if it is possible to visualize the information that can be stored in the extra bytes of the LAS 1.4 file. This could be really helpful for validating features that have been calculate ...
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Masking LiDAR points to create DEM in ArcGIS Pro with ArcPy?

I have an irregular LiDAR point cloud dataset, so when I try to create a DEM or DSM, the points are connected across the irregular edges of the LiDAR point cloud. I thought that creating a mask ...
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Selecting LiDAR return point type in LiDAR dataset with ArcPy?

I am trying to create a Digital Earth Model (DEM) using ArcPy under ArcGIS Pro 2, but I am running into some problems. I can generate a DEM within ArcGIS Pro by selecting only the ground points ...
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Creating 3D polygon roof from LiDAR data using FME?

I have LiDAR data of a building and would like to construct a 3D Model using FME 2016. The LiDAR data shows that the structure has sloped roofs with various other elements on the roof surface (e.g. ...
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Error reprojecting point cloud with liblas 1.8: “latitude or longitude exceeded limits”? [duplicate]

I was previously reprojecting a point cloud in .las format using liblas 1.7.0 (with GeoTIFF 1.4.0 GDAL 1.10.1) as follows: las2las /tmp/input.las --a_srs EPSG:4326 --t_srs EPSG:3857 --scale 0.001 0....
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Is the ground level cross section of a normalised lidar dataset flat? [duplicate]

If I normalise a lidar dataset I am (according to my thinking) simply subtracting the first return heights from the ground heights. Thus the resulting dataset will only contains the height above ...
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Normalizing a digital surface model? [closed]

I am trying to generate a normalized DSM by subtracting the original DSM (oDSM) from the DTM. To generate the DTM I had to first use a median filter on the oDSM (remove noise) and then use a ...