Breaklines in LP360- Part 4

This is the fourth edition of our series on breaklines in LP360. In this edition, we will have a look at how features are represented in LP360 as well as the tools available for collecting “flat” breaklines. Features: Features in LP360 are internally stored as files in Shape format. This is a binary standard developed…

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Breaklines in LP360- Part 3

Introduction to Part 3: In the last part of this series, we discussed in some detail how a Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN) can be constrained by features external to the point cloud model such as lines, points and polygons.  In this month’s edition, we will look at contours and how LP360 can extract elevation information…

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Breaklines in LP360- Part 2

This article is a continuation of the discussion of breaklines in LP360 (the standalone version). In last month’s installment, we discussed the overall concept of data modeling, especially the Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN). In this installment, I will discuss the general concept of adding constraints in the form of breaklines to these models. In future…

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Breaklines in LP360 – Part I

Prolog: I am writing a new whitepaper on model constraints in LP360 (any reference to LP360 where I do not add the term “for ArcGIS,” I am talking about the standalone version. This document is extracted and heavily revised from a series of articles that I wrote for the GeoCue Group Newsletter in 2013. The…

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LP360 Features Utility Tool

As many of you who are involved in LIDAR breakline collection know, we added some very nice feature edit tools to the Standard level of LP360 (Windows standalone version).  One of these tools, “Create Features from Selected Features” is a very handy utility tool.  Its basic function is to collect features you have selected with…

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Embankment Contour Generation

Problem: Contours don’t seem to represent the side of an embankment very well. In this situation, the horizontal position error is greater than the vertical error resulting in a surface that does not truly represent the embankment. If contours were to be generated then this would result in “spikey” or “jagged” lines that do not…

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Creating a 2D Feature with Elevation Attributes

With the release of LP360 v2017.1 we began recommending that users create their breaklines using LP360 instead of the previous recommendation of using the LP360 Sketch tool in LP360 for ArcGIS. One common question that has come up is how does one create a flat 2D feature and put the summarize Z results in the…

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LP360 and Topolyst Feature Analyst

Feature Analyst is an exciting new tool that will appear in LP360/Topolyst 2016.2.  To motivate this discussion, I will provide a synopsis of a few use cases for Feature Analyst here.  A detailed look at these cases is presented at the end of this article.  Examples of tests you will be able to perform with…

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Creating Island Breaklines in LP360

The following workflow and accompanying video describes the suggested workflow for digitizing breaklines around islands within LP360. Creating Island Breaklines: Workflow Configure a conflation task for the lake or main waterbody that the island resides within. Set up a conflation method for the conflation task This is dependent upon user specifications, the example in the video chooses…

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River Flattening in TerraModeler

Hydro-flattening is a common requirement when it comes to delivering surface models to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Elevation Dataset (NED). According to the USGS LIDAR Base Specification Version 1.2, a hydro-flattened surface refers to a specific kind of digital elevation model (DEM) that is required for inclusion in the NED. A hydrologically flattened…

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