Laserscanning (LIDAR)

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Free LiDAR Tools

  • BCAL LiDAR Tools:

    BCAL LiDAR Tools can be used for processing, analyzing and visualization of LiDAR point clouds data. These tools are open source tools originally developed by Idaho State University, Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory (BCAL). Tools are written in IDL programming environment.
  • LAStools:

    LAStools is a collection of highly-efficient, well written tools having multi-core batch processing skills. The data format coming under LAS, LAZ and ASCII data sets are able to manipulate. The little OpenGL viewer called lasview can be used to visualize the LiDAR data in LAS format. TIN and some data structures can be created from the viewer itself.
  • PCL (The Point Cloud Library ):

    The Point Cloud Library (PCL) is a product of large scale, open project for 2D/3D image and point cloud processing. Within the framework of PCL, numerous state-of-the art algorithms are contained including filtering, feature estimation, surface reconstruction, registration, model fitting and segmentation. In order to simplify the usage and development schemes, the PCL is split into several modular libraries by which the PCL Visualization module is specially developed for displaying the point clouds.
  • CloudCompare:

    CloudCompare is an application for managing and comparing huge amount of 3D point clouds. Generally, more than 10 millions points (including surface meshes) and up to 120 million points with 2 Gb memory can be manipulated. Its development commenced in 2004 as part of a CIFRE thesis project. The application includes several features for processing, managing and visualization of point cloud data. Besides, it provides a ccViewer for displaying data on the screen. Mainly ASCII , binary and LAS file formats are accepted by the system.
  • Meshlab:

    Meshlab is a powerful free open-source software which could be used to view and to edit all well-established 3D formats. It is capable to work directly with point clouds and generate and edit polygon mesh 3D models as well. It requires quite a bit of learning effort to fully utilize all its functionalities, but it is very simple to use MeshLab just as a 3D point cloud viewer.
  • Quick Terrain Reader:

    The Quick Terrain Reader is the free version of well-known Quick Terrain Modeler. The Quick Terrain Reader is capable of visualizing pre-built digital elevation models (DEMs) and point clouds. End users are also able to freely move through the terrain in a fast and intuitive way with the software. Some functionality with LAS files, displaying of RGB color values on a per-point basis and also intensity values can be easily accomplished.
  • Pointy:

    Pointy is a free and open source point cloud viewer forked from Radiohead House of Cards Project, based on the Processing Programming Language. These are the controls for Pointy: w/up arrow ( forward), s/down arrow (backward), a/left arrow (turn left), d/right arrow (turn right), e (move upward) and c (move downward). For downloading the tool, refer:

Notes: A more comprehensive list of open-source lidar processing software is available at OpenTopography Tools Registry.

Commercial LiDAR Tools

  • Terrasolid:

    Terrasolid software packages are employed for airborne and mobile Lidar point clouds and image processing. The software can be bounded with various applications such as data calibration, point classification, delivery product production and etc. Furthermore, software includes a, TerraStereo, for the visualization of large point clouds in mono and stereo mode. TerraStereo contains sophisticated methods for displaying point clouds and utilizes high-end graphics hardware in order to speed up dynamic and stereo visualizations. The package runs as stand-alone application. Most of the Terrasolid applications are built on top of Bentley software. For more info:
  • Quick Terrain Modeler:

    QT Modeler is one of the world's premier 3D point cloud and terrain visualization software package. It allows visualizing, analyzing and exploitation of vast amounts of data. The package can visualize the points as a cloud, as a gridded surface in a DEM, or display both simultaneously. The software is originally designed for use with LiDAR, but flexible enough to accommodate other 3D data sources as well. QT Modeler provides user friendly experiences that allow end-users to work with significantly more data, render larger models, analyze data faster, and export a variety of products. Once you display the data, you can enhance the view using several visualization tools such as custom lighting, custom elevation palettes, model coloration, and elevation exaggeration. For more Info:
  • SCOP++:

    Powerful comprehensive solutions for filtering, classification, quality control & editing and visualizing of LIDAR point clouds are offered by the LIDAR Box, containing in SCOP++ Kernel, SCOP++ LIDAR and inpho's DTM editing station DTMaster. The newly improved filtering scheme now easily detects large man-made structures as well as low vegetation objects. At the beginning, SCOP++ is designed for handling of every kind of DTM projects, with data coming under LIDAR by INPHO. The software currently comes with an efficient interactive checking and editing tools for large point clouds with optional stereo measurement capability. For more info:

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Marc Schulze
Letzte Änderung: 02.06.2016