Lidar conversion tool script for ArcGIS 9.3

Chris Harding, Iowa State University


Python 2.5/2.6 script for converting .las Lidar data files inside a folder into one or more other data formats: ERDAS imagine raster file, TIN (full resolution and decimated), multi-point shapefile (full resolution and decimated version). Script can be run inside a terminal (cmd or Powershell) or can started via an ArcGIS tool (tool is included)


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Anybody who needs to work with the data inside las Lidar files. Several of our grad students have used this script/tool, hopefully it is robust enough for general class use.

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Lidar data in general, TINS, multi-point Shapefiles, rasters, TIN decimation, ArcTools

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ArcGIS 9.3 (ArcView license) with 3D Analyst extension. Working Python installation (standard for ArcGIS 9.3 is Python 2.5 but I use it with a Python 2.6 installation as well). Tested on Windows 7, should run on XP as well

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