LP360 Getting Started Guide

Welcome to LP360, a LIDAR extension for ArcGIS® and standalone application for Windows®. This “Getting Started with LP360” booklet will help make your initial use of LP360 as successful as possible. LP360 is an extension plug-in for the ArcGIS® environment. LP360 is a first-of-a-kind software package that allows users of LAS files to use LIDAR…

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Breaklines, Part 5 – Enforce Varying Elevation

In the last edition of LP360 News, we discussed the creation of 3D breaklines for enforcing situations where the elevation must be a constant along the breakline. The most common example of this applications is “water body flattening” such as lakes and ponds. In this final installment of the breakline series, we will consider the…

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Breaklines, Part 4 – Enforce Constant Elevation

In the last edition of LP360 News, we discussed the creation of 3D breaklines. Recall that, for our purposes, a 3D breakline is a vector that has an elevation value (Z) associated with each vertex. Generally, 3D breaklines can be divided into two categories – those with the same elevation for each vertex (used for…

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Breaklines, Part 1 – An Introduction

One of the more powerful capabilities within LP360 is breakline capture and enforcement. In fact, many LIDAR production shops use LP360 as their tool of choice for supplementing point cloud data (derived from LIDAR or correlated imagery) with breaklines. But what are breaklines and how should they be used? Over the next several issues of…

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Adding the 3rd Dimension to Imagery

We often think of using LIDAR data either in simple operations for generating derived products, such as creating gridded elevation files, or for more esoteric operations, such as automatic extraction of building footprints. However, LIDAR data included as a standard layer in your ArcGIS® project (using LP360 for ArcGIS®, of course) can prove very useful,…

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Copy Symbology from one Window to Another

Do you ever get irritated that you have to enter your symbology information/settings into each view window? The Copy Legends dialog (Figure 1) is the answer you are looking for. The LP360 Copy Legends dialog allows you to quickly copy the LIDAR display and symbology settings such as elevation, classification, point source, and return combinations…

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Colorized Point Clouds take on Role of 3D Image

In a visual world an image is easily recognizable to viewers when compared to a monochrome point cloud and can be one of the biggest challenges when a new person attempts to interpret LIDAR data sets for the first time. The LAS format (v1.2 and later) supports the storage of point color values directly within…

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