Operating Systems – Should you upgrade?

I recently moved up to a new engineering laptop computer (the new Dell M3800). This is a typical engineering grade laptop with high resolution display, NVidia graphics and GPU, 8 core processor and so forth. This system shipped from Dell with Windows 7 Professional Operating System (OS) rather than Windows 8.1. I found that rather…

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LP360 Under the Hood – The Conflation Point Cloud Task

In the January issue of GeoCue News, we discussed the new Point Cloud Task (PCT) overhaul that we released in LP360 2013.2. The focus of the last article was on the new Input/Output Manager (IOM) for setting the inputs and outputs of the various PCTs that LP360 provides. In this month’s article I will describe…

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Available LIDAR Datasets

LIDAR datasets freely available from multiple providers via the Internet make an excellent source for working with LIDAR data in LP360? In addition, with the new volumetric analysis tools and some additional analysis tools already found in LP360, these free source datasets can make for a convenient means of performing change detection in project areas.…

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Profile Window Extent Adjustment Tools

Have you ever wanted to adjust the depth of your profile extent and also the amount the profile steps as you scroll through your project? You can do both with the controls located in the profile window. To control the depth of your profile extent, click on the Profile Window Toolbar and select the Modify…

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¿Sabes que LP360 es disponible en español ahora?

LP360 will be available in Spanish with the release of 2013.2. Users wishing to get a preview of this capability may download the latest Experimental release which will soon be posted. Not only is LP360 available in Spanish, but Japanese as well – including two-byte characters! In fact, our LP360 development team has been busy…

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City of O’Fallon Embraces LIDAR

Interview with Chad Quinn, GIS Coordinator, City of O’Fallon Illinois Tell me about the City of O’Fallon (size, location, things you like about it and you think are special…). The City itself is less than 15 miles squared with a population of 28,281 as of the 2010 Census. We are located in the St. Louis…

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Using Base Maps in ArcGIS

Did you know that Base Maps are available in ArcMap 10.1 and 10.2? You can use this feature to display a backdrop image or road map, providing context for LIDAR data processing (see Figure 1). This is a coal pile area at the Tennessee Valley Authorities’ (TVA) Widows Creek fossil fuel generation facility near Stevenson,…

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Exporting Final Product

Final products can be exported from LIDAR data using either LP360 command line executables or the LP360 Export Wizard. Some export functions and resulting products include, but are not limited to: merging multiple LAS files into one LAS file, exporting LAS versions to different LAS versions, exporting from LAS to ASCII XYZ files, and exporting…

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Exploring the Geographic Extent of Flooding

GeoCue has had a long association with the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) where the John A. Dutton e-Education program in the department of Geography uses LP360 in their on-line LIDAR training program. Two of the instructors, Ms. Karen Schuckman and Mr. Mike Renslow, are very well known throughout the LIDAR and photogrammetry communities. Mike…

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QA/QC on LIDAR data using either LP360 Command line executables or the Point Cloud Statistics Extractor

You can do part of a synoptic QA/QC on LIDAR data using either LP360 command line executables or the Point Cloud Statistics Extractor, which is one of the Point Cloud Tasks found within the LP360 GUI. Some general QA/QC information that can be gathered includes, but is not limited to, projection information, GPS time format,…

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