Batch Export Raster Images using TerraScan

Export raster image command generates raster images where pixel values are derived from laser point attributes. The source data is points referenced by a TerraScan project.

The raster image can be created as Windows bitmap (.BMP) or GeoTIFF (.TIF). The color of a pixel is determined using laser points whose coordinate values fall inside the pixel. The coloring attribute can be chosen as:

  • Elevation – laser point elevation.
  • Elevation difference – elevation difference between laser points of two different classes.
  • Intensity hits – laser point intensity.
  • Intensity footprint – average intensity of laser points within a footprint area overlapping the pixel.
  • Point color – color values stored for laser points.
  • Point class – laser point class.
  • Road intensity – intensity of laser points computed by directional sampling along road alignment vectors.

The boundary of each raster file must be defined as a rectangle drawn into the design file. The rectangle(s) must be selected. Text strings placed inside the rectangles can be used as file names for the output files.

To create colored raster images:

  1. Select rectangles as raster file boundaries and (optional) text strings inside the boundaries.
  2. Select Export raster images command from the Tools pulldown menu in the Project Dialog.
Batch Export of Raster from Project Window

Batch Export of Raster from Project Window

This opens the Export raster images dialog:

Export Raster Images Parameters

Export Raster Images Parameters

  1. Define settings and click OK.

This starts the raster file generation.

If File naming is set to Enter name for each, the Export raster image dialog opens, a standard dialog to save files.

  1. Define a location and name for the raster file and click Save.

Repeat step 4 for each lattice model.

The software creates a raster file for each selected rectangle.

Setting: Effect:
Color by Coloring attribute. See description above.
Class Point class(es) to use for creating the raster file. If Color by is set to Elevation difference, two classes have to be selected.
Bounding polygons Defines the area filled with values in the output raster files. Pixels outside the polygons get black as a background value.
Value Determines the value for each pixel:

•Lowest – smallest value of points inside the pixel area.

•Average – average value of points inside the pixel area.

•Highest – highest value of points inside the pixel area.

This is only active if Color by is set to Elevation, Elevation difference, or Intensity hits.

Format Format of the output file: Windows BMP, GeoTIFF, or GeoTIFF + TFW.
Colors Color depth of the output file for elevation or intensity coloring:

•24 Bit Color – true color image.

•256 Colors – 256 (8-bit) color image.

•Grey Scale – 8 bit grey scale image.

Pixel size Size of each pixel in the output file.
Fill gaps If on, gaps up to the given number of pixels are filled in places where there are no laser points inside a pixel area.
Attach as reference If on, the output image is attached as a raster reference. Not MicroStation V8i.
Range Defines the value range that is covered by the color scheme for elevation and intensity coloring. Should be set to the general elevation or intensity range covered in the laser data to ensure that all values are represented by the complete color scheme.
Scheme Type of coloring scheme for elevation or intensity coloring:

•Cold to hot – varies from blue for low pixel values via cyan, green, and yellow to red for high pixel values. This is a common coloring scheme for elevation coloring.

•Hot to cold – varies from red for low pixel values via cyan, green, and yellow to blue for high pixel values.

•Selected colors – a user-defined coloring scheme can be created by clicking on the Define button. See more information in Section Color scheme definition.

•Black to white – varies from black for low pixel values to white for high pixel values. This is only active if Colors is set to Grey scale. This is the common coloring scheme for intensity coloring.

•White to black – varies from white for low pixel values to black for high pixel values. This is only active if Colors is set to Grey scale.

Degree Determines how the color changes in color schemes are computed. Warm and Hot move a coloring scheme towards the red-yellow color range, Cool and Cold towards the blue-cyan color range. For grey scale images, Light moves the grey scale towards white and light grey, Dark towards black and dark grey. Linear defines a linear distribution of colors.
File Naming Defines how raster files are named:

•Enter name for each – a name for each file has to be defined manually.

•Selected text elements – selected text elements inside the raster image boundary are used as file names.

Directory Directory for storing raster image files. Click on the Browse button in order to select a folder in the Browse for Folder dialog. This is only active if File naming is set to Selected text elements.

Raster images can be produced based on points loaded in TerraScan by using the Export raster image command.

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