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What tools do you like to use for LiDAR Point Cloud Analysis and Manipulation?

asked 2023-03-02 19:20:05 -0500

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Are there open source tools you like to use for manipulating and analyzing LiDAR data (.pcd, .las, .laz)? Generally the problems I am trying to solve are related to robotics.

Here's a list of features I am looking for preferably also having a GUI as an interface.

  • Labeling pointcloud data and their classes

  • Manually adjusting LiDAR frames/entire sections (translations, rotations) with visualization/tools. Not just applying transformations via script.
  • Viewing the pointcloud data and in different modes (intensity, RGB, distance, etc.)
  • Projecting LiDAR points onto an image or plane for creating 2D Vector maps
  • Tools to assist in auto-stitching lidar frames together to create a map
  • Converting between point cloud formats
  • Comparing point cloud data files
  • General filtering, outlier removal, and manipulation

I'm sure I am missing other useful features and undervaluing some tools I listed above (pcl_library, LAStools, CloudCompare). I am a LiDAR newbie looking to deep dive into all that is wonderful with LiDARs and robotics!

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answered 2023-03-06 16:51:29 -0500

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updated 2023-03-06 16:56:44 -0500

After trying out various tools, I really like using PDAL for quick conversions and downsizing of your pointcloud.

Cloudcompare has been very helpful for almost everything else and can do most of what PDAL does. HIGHLY recommend.

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