lastools is a suite of command line tools for lidar point clouds.  It is available:

You must download lastools, unzip it, and then move the entire data structure into c:\microdem.  Insure you do not get c:\microdem\lastools\lastools.  The tools will be in c:\microdem\lastools\bin; this is required so the programs can have access to required DLLs and databases.

Help for lastools (and lidar in general):

MICRODEM encapsulates lastools for:

You must use the lastools GUI or command line interface to:
  • Use 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.
  • Use 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