Create Seawall Feature from Point Cloud

The Create Seawall Feature tool, found on the LP360 feature edit toolbar, allows the user to create a contiguous polygon feature at the proper width/depth and height of a seawall (or any similar feature) contained in the point cloud. This function can be scaled to fit the specific scenario of the user: from simple walls with a well defined point cloud to long contiguous stretches where the point cloud height is somewhat ambiguous. This function creates a 3D polygon at the height of the seawall, based on: conflation, user defined elevation, and some intelligent averaging to keep the height correct. This article reviews the setup and usage of this function:

Creating a Polygon Feature Layer for the Seawall Feature

The user will need an existing active polygon feature layer to use the seawall function. This can easily be created by using the “Create Feature Layer” function on the Feature Edit toolbar. The feature layer needs to be a 3D polygon. This will automatically populate in the Feature Edit toolbar as a layer.

Showing dialog for create feature layer for use by create seawall feature
Feature Edit toolbar – Creating polygon feature layer

Creating Conflation Point Cloud Task and using Auto-Z

The user will typically want to utilize a Conflation point cloud task to get the elevation for the top of the seawall from the point cloud while digitizing. In many instances, it will be beneficial to have multiple conflation tasks setup to use for different classification scenarios. The user can easily switch between these while digitizing by CTRL+left-click on the auto-z button to open the Feature Edit Options to set the desired conflation task to use while creating the seawall feature. Keep in mind that the auto-z function (if active) dictates the conflation used while creating a 3D feature.

Auto-Z Feature Edit Options for conflation task
Auto-z conflation settings

Creating a Seawall Feature

Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a seawall feature:

  1. Left click on the “Create Seawall Feature” button to start the tool.
Showing location of Create Seawall Feature
Activate create seawall function
  1. Left-click in the map view in the middle of the wall feature to create the origin point. Once this initial click is performed, the user will see the location chosen in the map and profile view as well. From here the user can choose to alter the seawall elevation in the profile view, or continue digitizing in the map view:
Showing example of starting to create a seawall feature
Seawall creation – Horizontal and vertical placement

The user now has two options for continuing:

  1. Hold down the CTRL key when creating additional nodes in the map view. This allows the user to continue to create and confirm additional sections of the wall, even sections that are rounded and not straight. This can be as long as the user desires.
  2. When finished creating sections, the user can perform a left-click in the map view, without holding down CTRL, to finish the wall section for this feature. Same as every node, the user will confirm the horizontal and vertical placement. The user now has the option of setting the width/depth of the wall length that has been digitized. This can be set in the map view by choosing the width visually and left clicking to confirm or by right-clicking to enter the depth in map units, press enter to confirm.
Showing user entering the wall depth when creating a seawall feature
Seawall depth setting

Now the user should have a 3D polygon that accurately represents the top of the wall. This function was originally created to be used with seawalls, but could be useful for other features as well.


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