USDA LIDAR Training Part 10: Introduction to the Point Cloud Task and Feature Analyst

In this LP360 tutorial we provide an introduction to the Point Cloud Task (PCT) and Feature Analyst. How to add, modify, and organize your Point Cloud Tasks using Point Cloud Task Manager (PCTM). Plus, how to use Feature Analyst to review and navigate using features.

This tutorial picks up from USDA LIDAR Training Part 9: Integrating the 3D Viewer and uses data downloaded as explained in USDA LIDAR Training Part 4: Introduction to LIDAR Server. If you need to license LP360, see USDA LIDAR Training Part 5: Licensing LP360.

This tutorial is courtesy of the USDA NRCS – National Cartography & Geospatial Center.

An Introduction to the Point Cloud Task and Feature Analyst
  • 1:34 – 3:22 – Exporting profile of stream – Filter, drape, vertical scale, and rotate settings
  • 3:24 – 4:20 – Profile Export Settings – File formats
  • 4:21 – 4:35 – Displaying drape line export settings
  • 4:36 – 5:35 – Exporting and viewing drape line shapefile
  • 5:37 – 7:20 – Enabling the Feature edit toolbar and Feature Analyst vertex details
  • 7:31 – 8:39 – Graticule explanation
  • 9:33 – 10:55 – Additional review of draped line profile export
  • 11:33 – 12:35 – Automatic profiles – PCT intro
  • 12:36 – 14:16 – PCT Manager – Add task
  • 14:17 – 15:18 – PCT Manager – Groups and favorites
  • 15:18 – 15:37 – PCT Manager – task tab: Opening a PCT
  • 16:14 – 20:15 – Cross Sections PCT – Settings: I/O Manager
  • 20:20 – 20:49 – Cross Sections PCT – Settings: Units
  • 20:51 – 21:54 – Cross Sections PCT – Settings: Source Points
  • 21:55 – 22:16 – Cross Sections PCT – Settings: Cross Section Length
  • 22:17 – 22:34 – Cross Sections PCT – Settings: Cross Section Interval
  • 22:35 – 23:11 – Cross Sections PCT – Settings: Additional Setting – Brief review
  • 23:12 – 24:15 – Point Cloud Task toolbar – Brief explanation and potential methods
  • 24:16 – 25:00 – Execute task by linestring – digitization
  • 25:00 – 26:44 – Cross section PCT created feature display and review
  • 26:49 – 27:09- Automatic profile creation – brief review
  • 27:15 – 28:09 – Feature Analyst – Options: Navigation settings
  • 28:11 -28:44 – Analyzing vertices
  • 28:45 – 29:36 – Fitting and centering the map view while navigating vertices and features in Feature Analyst
  • 29:40 – 29:52 – Re-centering profile view
  • 29:53 – 30:33 – Recommended viewing modes for feature and vertex analysis
  • 30:34 – 30:57 – Navigation Settings – Perpendicular display
  • 31:02 – 31:44 – Additional summary of Feature Analyst functionality
  • 31:45 – 32:21 – Additional summary of PCT setup
  • 32:22 – 33:34 – Filtering PCT’s by groups and favorites organization

Your training continues with more advanced features as found in the LP360 Tutorials or through specialized training.

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