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