lastools is a suite of command line tools for lidar point clouds. It is
You must download lastools, unzip it, and then move the entire data structure
into c:\microdem. Insure you do not get
The tools will be in
c:\microdem\lastools\bin; this is
required so the programs can have access to required
DLLs and databases.
- Download from a IT-managed network, as opposed to a home network, can be
difficult. IE might be better an Chrome, and you might have to resume
a download that fails part way through.
Help for lastools (and lidar in general):
You must use the lastools GUI or command line interface to:
MICRODEM encapsulates lastools for:
lastools TXT2LAS to convert text file to LAS (txt2las -parse xyz -i
lidar.txt). This can be accessed on the Export
menu choice of the
Data Manipulation form. If your XYZ file is
more complicated, you will have to create a command line.
lastools LAS2TXT to convert LAS to text (las2txt -sep comma lidar.las). You will have to add the header row in something like
Notepad, which works better than Word for files around 75 MB in size.
Problems with point clouds
last revision 2/27/2018