Automatic Ground Classification of Dense Point Clouds in LP360

The density of point clouds (usually expressed as points per square meter) is increasing on what seems to be a monthly basis.  This is particularly true of point clouds derived from Dense Image Matching (DIM), the clouds produced from software such as PhotoScan, Pix4D, DroneDeploy and so forth. You can quickly check the density of…

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Case Study – Fixing Time Consuming Inventory Collection

A Case Study from Philips’ Soil Challenge We conduct a core product inventory every quarter for our bark and pumice stockpiles to keep our bookkeeping updated. Our inventory collection methods consisted of simply guessing the volume of each pile (highly inaccurate) or having our loader operator move 5 yards of product at a time (extremely…

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LDExport – An LP360 Command Line Executable

LP360 has several very useful command line executable utilities that can be used to simplify different tasks or improve the efficiency of large batch processes when working with substantial amounts of data or repeating processes.  LDExport was added to this utility catalog with 2017.1.  It simplifies the export of LAS points and surfaces, for example…

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Mapping the Battle of Gettysburg – Little Round Top Revealed

GeoCue Group recently partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) in a pilot project to assess culturally significant areas within Gettysburg National Military Park using small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). The area of interest (AOI) for this project was the western face of Little Round Top. Little Round Top was the location of a defensive…

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LP360 in the Classroom: Pennsylvania State University

A Letter from Jolynn Schmidt My final project for my LIDAR class was to extract building heights using LIDAR collected after Superstorm Sandy for the City of Newark.  Using LP360, I created a Point Cloud Task workflow to classify points within a set of building footprints. My final product included a DEM of the ground…

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Monochromatic/Hillshade Displays in LP360

We have added a new monochromatic display mode in LP360 as well as rearranged the hillshade options to a more logical arrangement. A monochromatic display is just what it implies – a solid, single color display of all points regardless of attributes such as class or return number.  This mode of display is ideal for…

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An Introduction to LAS File Analyst

In 2016 we added a very powerful new tool to LP360 (standalone version) called Feature Analyst.  This is a tabular-driven tool that synchronizes a table view of Features, Feature Parts and Vertices with their graphical representation in the Map and Profile views.  This tool has improved the creation, editing and quality checking of features such…

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A Comparison of Volumetric Workflows – LP360, PhotoScan and Pix4D

In the last quarter of 2016, we introduced (under our AirGon brand) the Bring Your Own Drone (BYOD) Mapping Kit.  This kit contains all the software one needs to turn a low-cost drone such as a Phantom 4 Pro or an Inspire 2 with x4s camera into a serious mapping platform. Our presales technical team…

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LP360 Software Update Guide

A brief overview of the installation process when updating LP360 is as follows: If using a license server, update the license server first. From the LP360 License Administrator, on the Availability tab, select “Check for Software Updates”. From the link at the top of the “CD Key Information and Software Updates” page that opens download the…

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Rail Extraction Tools in LP360

LP360 includes tools to automatically extract a rail alignment (centerline) feature as a polyline as well as classify “top of rail” from LAS files derived from Laser Intensity Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) points.  This feature is implemented as a semi-automated Point Cloud Task (PCT) and is available in the Advanced version of both LP360 for…

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