Point Cloud Exploitation Tools

LP360 — Basic

for LIDAR Point Cloud Visualization

Available as both a standalone Windows application and as an extension to ArcGIS.

LP360 for ArcGIS seamlessly integrates 3D point clouds into ArcMap, providing the most comprehensive foundation on which to base GIS analysis. LP360 provides the ability to create and manipulate LIDAR point cloud data directly from industry standard LAS format files without any time-consuming importing or converting processes. LP360 is not memory sensitive and allows gigabytes of data to be loaded, merged, and managed in ArcGIS. LP360 augments ArcGIS with dockable 3D and profile windows that extend the GIS desktop into the third dimension.

Visualization of All LAS Attributes as Points and Surface Models

First, we had line drawings, top, side, perspective, contours, then came images. As helpful as these views are they can’t beat having the ability to see an object from all sides when you need to see it. LIDAR point cloud data and LP360 give you the ability to not only see your world in 3D but to answer questions about it that previously had to be gotten using “field” acquisition techniques. Using the many display combinations in LP360 as well as the derivative product Export Wizard you not only save time, which equates to saving money but you also provide a safer work environment by getting your questions answered from the back office.

Dispaly and Draw options of LP360; Points by Classification with Intensity shading, TIN of Ground with Vegetation and Building Points displayed on top, TIN by Classification, and TIN by Elevation

Seamless Management of Thousands of LAS Files

Easy and fast 3D visualization is one of the most important uses of LIDAR data. However, due to the size of these extremely powerful data not many GIS professionals are able to get the maximum advantage from them. LP360’s advanced display techniques such as tiling and data pyramiding for enabling high performance redraws when using these large datasets have now solved this barrier. Overcoming this obstacle is just one of the ways LP360 is bringing the benefits of LIDAR to the GIS desktop.

LAS Tiles Displayed in Map View

On-the-fly Surface Rendering (TIN) and Contouring with Breakline Enforcement

Early discovery of potential problems saves both time and money. Before sending out the survey crews assess your proposed sites using LIDAR point cloud data. Initial qualitative analysis is extremely easy with the LP360 On-the-fly surface rendering (TIN) and contouring features. Having access to on demand contours and filtering capabilities makes analysis quick and easy!

Tin by Elevation with Breaklines Enforced and Contours Rendered

Extensive Quality Check Tools

Once you have your LIDAR data you need to know what you have and know that you got what you ordered. There is nothing worse than discovering issues with your data months after you have taken possession. Even if you are using public data it is a good idea to run a quality check just so you know what you are working with as some workflows will require specific data characteristics and quality levels. With our extensive Quality Check toolset you can determine what type of data you are working with and identify problems in a timeframe that prevents costly errors and ensures that you have the quality data you need.

Find out more about QA/QC by exploring articles on our Knowledge Base →

dZ image used in Quality Control Checks

Integrated and Synchronized 3D and Profile Windows

The main map display can be synced with the profile and 3D windows to get a full visual experience that allows users to use a range of tools for manual classification editing, feature extraction and quality control.

Syncronization of the MapView, Profile Window and 3D Window

Import/Export Wizard for Multiple Formats

In many instances LIDAR data has been delivered in text format (American Standard Code for Information Interchange, ASCII) rather than the rich binary LAS format. Many agencies now have disk drives of LIDAR, in ASCII format, on the shelf that accompanied more familiar LIDAR-derived products such as gridded Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and digital contour files. With LP360’s Import/Export Wizard you can easily import these data, convert them to LAS and do value-added visualization and information extraction.

One of the things that makes LIDAR or point cloud data so powerful is that it is random. In these point clouds the points are represented exactly where they are on the earth. That is why tools like LP360 are absolutely necessary to get the full benefit from this type of data. That said, many times it is necessary to use a derivative LIDAR (point cloud) products such as a DEM, Hillshade, contours. Many software products can just not handle the raw LAS format. LP360’s Export Wizard gives you the ability to generate the products you need on an ad hoc basis to give you a solution tailored to your exact needs.

Find out more about the Import/Export Wizard by exploring articles on our Knowledge Base →

Export Wizard with DTM image

Line-of-sight analysis

LP360's Line of sight analysis tool can be used to find and view obstructions from a user specified point of reference.

Line of sight analysis using Profile window in LP360