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.
  • TrueView EVO/LP360 Drone Explorer – A low-cost inspector license equivalent to LP360 Viewer, with Image Explorer enabled for viewing True Pose® photos, and Import TrueView 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 guest systems, such as the DJI P4RTK plus TrueView 2DIS and 3DIS. This is the next generation ASPSuite Advanced and is equivalent to LP360 Standard with the addition of the TrueView 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 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 guest systems, such as the DJI P4RTK, DJI M210-RTK, DJI Zenmuse P1 (M300-RTK), DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise, and DJI Zenmuse L1 (M300-RTK). 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	7
About GeoCue	7
About microdrones	7
About Agisoft, LLC.	7
About BayesMap Solutions, LLC.	7
About LP360 Drone	8
About LP360 Online	9
About LP360 Cloud	9
A Cycle	10
Accessing and Managing LP360 Online from a Web Browser	10
Licensing and Installation	12
System Requirements	12
Installing LP360 Drone	13
Perpetual Users	13
Subscription Users and TrueView Rentals	13
Perpetual Licensing for LP360 Drone	13
Subscription Licensing for LP360 Drone	15
StartUp Dialog	16
LP360 Online/Reckon Login in LP360 Drone	17
Updating TrueView EVO to LP360 Drone	19
Updating LP360 Drone	19
POSPac Cloud vs Local Processing	20
Cloud	20
Installing POSPac Cloud	20
Firewall Requirements for POSPac Cloud	20
Local	20
Configuring LP360 Drone for POSPac UAV or POSPac MMS	21
Configuring LP360 Drone for Local POSPac QC	21
Additional Licensing Requirements for LP360 Drone+Strip Align	22
Additional Licensing Requirements for Licensing LP360 Drone+Desktop Photo with Agisoft	22
Activate Agisoft Ortho Mapping License	23
Deactivate Agisoft Ortho Mapping License	24
Offline Activate Agisoft Ortho Mapping License	25
Offline Deactivate Agisoft Ortho Mapping License	29
Creating A New Drone Project	31
TrueView Multi-Cycle Import Wizard	32
Importing a TrueView Flight/Archive	32
Input TrueView Cycles/Flights	33
Importing a DJI Guest Flight	36
DJI Phantom 4 Pro RTK / DJI P1 / M210 RTK / M3E	36
DJI Zenmuse L1/L2	38
Adding Base Station Observation Files	40
Base Antenna Calibration File	40
Setting TrueView Project, Coordinate Reference System and Epoch	41
Setting the Archive Location	43
Setting the Flight/Base Positioning	44
Reference Mark/Base Station Location	44
Base Antenna Height	45
Examining Imported Files	46
TrueView 3DIS® Processing Workflow	49
POSPac Processing Wizard	49
Processing Settings Selection	49
Base Station Settings	52
Processing Confirmation	54
POSPac Report Review	56
POSPac Troubleshooting	58
TrueView Error: UPLOAD_FAILED	58
TrueView Error: Execution_Failed	58
TrueView Error: An unexpected error occurred running POSPacBatch.exe	59
Creating Flight Lines and TrueView Trajectories	60
Auto Create Flight Lines	60
Manually Create Flight Lines	62
Create TrueView Trajectories	64
Geocode LiDAR	70
Strip Adjustment	73
Strip Adjustment Advanced Settings	77
Colorize Point Cloud	79
Update EXIF Tags for Photogrammetric Software	81
LP360 Strip Align (fka StripAlign for EVO(SAfE))	84
Agisoft Ortho Mapping (fka Metashape for EVO(MfE))	87
Agisoft Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings	93
Executing Agisoft Ortho Mapping on Another Machine	96
Configuring LP360 Drone to run Metashape Pro	96
Ortho Mapping	97
Input Layer Type: Point Cloud (LAS Layers)	98
Input Layer Type: Images (Photo Layers)	100
Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings	103
Companion Camera(s) EO File Generation	104
Boresite Calibration	106
DJI Zenmuse L1/L2 Workflow	109
Configure and License DJI Terra	109
Pre-Processing in DJI Terra	109
Import DJI Zenmuse L1/L2 Guest Flight	110
Creating Flight Lines and TrueView Trajectories	112
Auto Create Flight Lines	112
Manually Create Flight Lines	114
Create TrueView Trajectories	115
Geocode LiDAR for L1/L2	121
Update EXIF Tags for Photogrammetric Software	123
LP360 Strip Align (fka StripAlign for EVO(SAfE))	126
Agisoft Ortho Mapping (fka Metashape for EVO(MfE))	129
Agisoft Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings	135
Executing Agisoft Ortho Mapping on Another Machine	137
Configuring LP360 Drone to run Metashape Pro	137
Ortho Mapping	138
Input Layer Type: Point Cloud (LAS Layers)	139
Input Layer Type: Images (Photo Layers)	141
Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings	144
TrueView 2DIS and DJI-RTK Guest Sensor Workflow	146
Post Process Trajectory Wizard	146
Processing Settings Selection	146
Base Station Settings	149
Ephemeris Settings	152
Processing Confirmation	153
Trajectory Plot Review	155
POS File Troubleshooting	156
Creating Flight Lines and TrueView Trajectories	157
Auto Create Flight Lines	157
Manually Create Flight Lines	159
Create TrueView Trajectories	160
Update EXIF Tags for Photogrammetric Software	166
Agisoft Ortho Mapping (fka Metashape for EVO(MfE))	169
Agisoft Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings	175
Executing Agisoft Ortho Mapping on Another Machine	177
Configuring LP360 Drone to run Metashape Pro	177
Ortho Mapping	178
Input Layer Type: Point Cloud (LAS Layers)	179
Input Layer Type: Images (Photo Layers)	181
Ortho Mapping Advanced Settings	184
TrueView Archive Manager	186
Survey Nail Manager	188
Job Manager	190
Submitting Jobs to the Job Manager	190
Monitoring the Job Manager	190
Export Photo Package	191
Explorer Package	194
Export/Publish Explorer Package	194
Open an LP360 Explorer Package	197
Multi-Cycle Processing Tips	199
Appendix A: POSPac UAV Network License	204
Activate the license server	205
To use the license while on the same network as the license server	205
To Borrow a license From the license server	207
Firewall Settings to Communicate with the License Server	208
Antivirus Exceptions for Applanix POSPac	208
Configuring the Applanix Software License Utility for VPN	209
Applanix Software License Utility Troubleshooting	210
No Internet Connection Available. Activating a license requires an internet connection.	210
Support	211


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