LP360 Drone Users Guide

LP360 is a 64-bit Windows® desktop application used for many years by the LP360 Geospatial community for processing traditional aerial, mobile, and terrestrial tripod laser scanner data. The LP360 Drone community is the focus of this Users Guide containing the LP360 workflows for processing and exploiting TrueView, microdrones® and guest sensor drone data. Formerly called TrueView EVO, LP360 Drone is GeoCue’s LP360 point cloud exploitation product with the addition of a collection of tools and workflows for processing drone data. LP360 Drone is the software used to post-process your raw flight data to generate a 3D LiDAR point cloud in LAS format, colorize the point cloud, and geotag the images collected. LP360 also has many tools for assessing and processing point cloud data, such as accuracy assessment, automatic and manual ground classification, and contour/ surface generation. LP360 Drone is available in the following licensing levels:

  • LPViewer – A free viewer level of LP360 for viewing a point cloud.
  • LP360 Drone Explorer – A low-cost inspector license equivalent to LP360 Viewer, with Image Explorer enabled for viewing True Pose® photos, and Import Cycle for field QC checks. This is also the license that should be purchased for delivery with LP360 Explorer Packages provided to end users so they can make full use of the TrueView 3DIS point cloud and photos, plus any derivative products you generate for them.
  • LP360 Drone – Enables PPK processing for systems, such as the DJI P4P RTK, plus TrueView 2DIS and 3DIS. This is the next generation ASPSuite Advanced and is equivalent to LP360 Standard with the addition of the sensor workflow tools and tools for ground classification and volumetric computations. It is limited to product areas of no more than 10 km2 of LAS data. Available as an annual subscription or a perpetual license.
  • LP360 Drone+3D Accuracy – Enables the automatic detection of Accuracy Stars and related target types. Available as an annual subscription or a perpetual license.
  • LP360 Drone+Photo – Enables local Ortho Mapping. Available as an annual subscription or a perpetual license.
  • LP360 Drone+Photogrammetry with Agisoft – Enables local Agisoft Ortho Mapping, if you have a Metashape license, and Cloud based Agisoft Ortho Mapping (using LP360 Points). Available as an annual subscription or a perpetual license.
  • LP360 Drone+Cloud Photo 3000 – Enables both the local Ortho Mapping, local Agisoft Ortho Mapping processing if you have your own Metashape license, and Cloud based Agisoft Ortho Mapping (includes 3000 photos per month, additional photos may be processed using LP360 Points). Available as an annual subscription license.
  • LP360 Drone+Full Photo (formerly Fast Photo) – Legacy license that enables both the local Ortho Mapping and local Agisoft Ortho Mapping, if you have a Metashape license, and Cloud based Agisoft Ortho Mapping (using LP360 Points).
  • LP360 Drone+Strip Align – Enables Strip Align and Strip Adjustment tools for adjusting for dynamic trajectory errors in the dataset. Available as an annual subscription or a perpetual license.
  • LP360 Drone+Strip Adjustment – Enables Strip Adjustment for adjusting for dynamic trajectory errors, and Calibration tool for boresight calibration of TrueView or microdrones datasets. Available as a perpetual license.
  • LP360 Drone+Business Intelligence Tools – Enables specific point cloud tasks designed for extraction of non-ground features, such as rail, power lines, buildings, trees. Available as an annual subscription or a perpetual license.
  • LP360 Drone+Unlimited – this is the same functionally as LP360 Drone with the size limit removed. Available as an annual subscription or a perpetual license.
  • LP360 Drone+Experimental – this is the same functionality as LP360 Drone with the addition of features classed as experimental. We may occasionally have features that we call experimental where we have limited access available only to those organizations specifically working with us on those features. Or, at times, a pre-release version being used for training.

The LP360 Drone Users Guide covers installation and licensing for LP360 Drone, Applanix Corporation POSPac software, Agisoft LLC Ortho Mapping licenses, and LP360 Strip Align. It also covers in detail the workflow for producing a colorized point cloud, geotagged images, and orthomosaic from the raw data collected by the TrueView 3DIS (TrueView 410, TrueView 435, TrueView 515, TrueView 535, TrueView 540, TrueView 585, TrueView 615/620, TrueView 625, TrueView 635/640, TrueView 645/650, TrueView 655/660, TrueView 680, and TrueView 720), TrueView 2DIS (TrueView 250), microdrones mdLiDAR®, and systems, such as DJI P4RTK, DJI M210-RTK, DJI Zenmuse P1 (M300-RTK), DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise, and DJI Zenmuse L1 and L2 (M300-RTK), Wingtra LiDAR, and others. For more information on the wide range of tools available in the underlying LP360 point cloud exploitation software, please refer to the LP360 tutorials and various tools, tips, and workflows for items not specifically outlined in the LP360 Drone tutorials and LP360 Drone Tools, Tips and Workflows.

LP360 Drone Users Guide Contents

About mdGroup	8
About GeoCue 8
About microdrones 8
About Agisoft, LLC. 8
About BayesMap Solutions, LLC. 8
About SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. 9
About CHC Navigation 9
About Wingtra AG 9
About LP360 Drone 10
About LP360 Online 11
About LP360 Cloud 11
A Cycle 12
Accessing and Managing LP360 Online from a Web Browser 12
Licensing and Installation 14
System Requirements 14
Installing LP360 Drone 15
Perpetual Users 15
Subscription Users and TrueView Rentals 15
Perpetual Licensing for LP360 Drone 15
Subscription Licensing for LP360 Drone 17
StartUp Dialog 18
LP360 Online Login in LP360 Drone 19
Updating TrueView EVO to LP360 Drone 21
Updating LP360 Drone 21
POSPac Cloud vs Local Processing 22
Cloud 22
Installing POSPac Cloud 22
Firewall Requirements for POSPac Cloud 22
Local 23
Configuring LP360 Drone for POSPac UAV or POSPac MMS 23
Configuring LP360 Drone for Local POSPac QC 23
Additional Licensing Requirements for LP360 Drone+Strip Align 24
Additional Licensing Requirements for Licensing LP360 Drone+Desktop Photo with Agisoft 24
Activate Agisoft Ortho Mapping License 25
Deactivate Agisoft Ortho Mapping License 26
Offline Activate Agisoft Ortho Mapping License 27
Offline Deactivate Agisoft Ortho Mapping License 31
Creating A New Drone Project 33
Raw Mission Import Wizard 35
Import Mode 35
Sensor 35
Input TrueView Cycles/Flights 36
Input Wingtra LiDAR 39
Input DJI Zenmuse L1/L2 41
Input DJI Phantom 4 Pro RTK / DJI P1 / M210 RTK / M3E 43
Input Other 44
Adding Base Station Observation Files 46
Base Antenna Calibration File 47
Setting TrueView Project, Coordinate Reference System and Epoch 47
Setting the Archive Location 50
Setting the Flight/Base Positioning 50
Reference Mark/Base Station Location 51
Base Antenna Height 51
Examining Imported Files 53
Single Cycle Mode 55
Pilot Logs 56
TrueView 3DIS® Processing Workflow 57
TV540 Data Copy 57
Trajectory Processing Wizard 58
Processing Settings Selection 58
Base Station Settings 61
Processing Confirmation 64
POSPac Report Review 66
POSPac Troubleshooting 69
TrueView Error: UPLOAD_FAILED 69
TrueView Error: Execution_Failed 69
TrueView Error: An unexpected error occurred running POSPacBatch.exe 70
Creating Flight Lines and TrueView Trajectories 71
Auto Create Flight Lines 72
Manually Create Flight Lines 73
Create TrueView Trajectories 75
Geocode LiDAR 81
Post Processing Tool 84
Strip Adjustment 87
Strip Adjustment Advanced Settings 91
Colorize Point Cloud 93
Update EXIF Tags for Photogrammetric Software 95
LP360 Strip Align (fka StripAlign for EVO(SAfE)) 98
Ortho Mapping 101
Input Layer Type: Point Cloud (LAS Layers) 102
Input Layer Type: Images (Photo Layers) 104
Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings 106
Agisoft Ortho Mapping (fka Metashape for EVO(MfE)) 108
Agisoft Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings 114
Executing Agisoft Ortho Mapping on Another Machine 118
Configuring LP360 Drone to run Metashape Pro 118
Companion Camera(s) EO File Generation 119
Boresite Calibration 120
DJI Zenmuse L1/L2 Workflow 123
Configure and License DJI Terra 123
DJI PPK Utility 123
Pre-Processing in DJI Terra 125
Import DJI Zenmuse L1/L2 Flight 125
Creating Flight Lines and TrueView Trajectories 127
Auto Create Flight Lines 127
Manually Create Flight Lines 129
Create TrueView Trajectories 131
Geocode LiDAR for L1/L2 137
Update EXIF Tags for Photogrammetric Software 139
LP360 Strip Align (fka StripAlign for EVO(SAfE)) 142
Ortho Mapping 145
Input Layer Type: Point Cloud (LAS Layers) 146
Input Layer Type: Images (Photo Layers) 148
Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings 150
Agisoft Ortho Mapping (fka Metashape for EVO(MfE)) 152
Agisoft Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings 158
Executing Agisoft Ortho Mapping on Another Machine 160
Configuring LP360 Drone to run Metashape Pro 160
TrueView 2DIS and DJI-RTK Camera Only Sensor Workflow 161
Post Process Trajectory Wizard 161
Processing Settings Selection 161
Base Station Settings 163
Ephemeris Settings 166
Processing Confirmation 168
Trajectory Plot Review 170
POS File Troubleshooting 170
Creating Flight Lines and TrueView Trajectories 172
Auto Create Flight Lines 172
Manually Create Flight Lines 174
Create TrueView Trajectories 175
Update EXIF Tags for Photogrammetric Software 181
Ortho Mapping 184
Input Layer Type: Point Cloud (LAS Layers) 185
Input Layer Type: Images (Photo Layers) 187
Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings 189
Agisoft Ortho Mapping (fka Metashape for EVO(MfE)) 191
Agisoft Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings 197
Executing Agisoft Ortho Mapping on Another Machine 199
Configuring LP360 Drone to run Metashape Pro 199
Wingtra LiDAR and Other Workflow 200
Pre-Processing 200
Import Wingtra or “Other” Mission 200
Creating Flight Lines and TrueView Trajectories 202
Auto Create Flight Lines 202
Manually Create Flight Lines 204
Post Processing Tool 206
LP360 Strip Align (fka StripAlign for EVO(SAfE)) 209
TrueView Archive Manager 212
Survey Nail Manager 214
Job Manager 216
Submitting Jobs to the Job Manager 216
Monitoring the Job Manager 216
Export Photo Package 218
Explorer Package 220
Export/Publish Explorer Package 220
Open an LP360 Explorer Package 222
Multi-Cycle Processing Tips 224
Appendix A: POSPac UAV Network License 229
Activate the license server 230
To use the license while on the same network as the license server 230
To Borrow a license From the license server 232
Firewall Settings to Communicate with the License Server 233
Firewall Settings to Communicate for Ephemerides 234
Antivirus Exceptions for Applanix POSPac 234
Configuring the Applanix Software License Utility for VPN 234
Applanix Software License Utility Troubleshooting 235
No Internet Connection Available. Activating a license requires an internet connection. 235
Support 236
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