We will soon be releasing LP360 version 2020.1. While a lot of work has been put in to LP360 to support our new True View product line (forming True View Evo), we have not been neglecting our core LP360 product. As we move forward, the standalone Windows 64 bit version of LP360 has come to dominate our user base. The old ArcGIS 32 bit platform just can’t support modern dense point clouds and ArcGIS Pro does not yet support a robust third party programmer’s interface. That said, LP360 2020.1 will run with ArcGIS 10.x.
Among the new features coming in LP360 are:
The new data smoothing algorithm will prove to be an extremely valuable tool for improving (i.e. decreasing) the noise level of point clouds, particularly on hard surfaces. This new point cloud task is available in:
One very nice aspect of this smoothing filter is there are no parameters to adjust – it automatically adapts to the terrain on which it is applied. As an example of the utility of this new filter, consider the raw, unfiltered Velodyne VLP-16 data of Figure 1. The profile and 3D views are centered on a concrete apron of the Map View (upper left of Figure 1). The grid in the profile view is spaced at 10 cm. The data in the 3D view are rendered as a triangulated irregular network (TIN). The relatively high noise of these data are readily apparent in the two views. This level of noise is typical of the Velodyne sensors (about 30 cm or so, peak to peak).
In Figure 2 is depicted the same scene after applying the LP360 Point Cloud Smoothing (“Smoothing, Point Cloud”) algorithm. Note the peak to peak noise in the profile view has been reduced to well under 5 cm! You can see the smoothing effect in the 3D view where we now have a relatively noise-free surface.
Unlike many other smoothing implementations, this new algorithm can usually be applied to unclassified data and in a global fashion. It is like a software upgrade for noisy scanners such as the Velodyne.
We will be releasing the latest version of LP360 within the next 6 weeks or so. Those of you on current software maintenance will receive this update at no additional charge.