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Is Your Drone LiDAR Processing Software up to Date

LP360 new desktop features now available in version 2022.1

LP360, the professional choice in LiDAR & photogrammetry 3D point cloud software since 2006, continues to improve its functionality regularly. The company provides various new features to its processing workflow to make easy work of extracting information and generating deliverables in an intuitive GIS environment.

LP360 is pleased to announce the latest features and updates to LP360 Desktop in version 2022.1 are now available.

LP360 Desktop 2022.1 new features tile

Summary of LP360 Desktop Version 2022.1 Release

The release of LP360 desktop version 2022.1 includes several new but important features and functionalities to make the most of processing your geospatial data.

To begin, TrueView EVO is now LP360 Drone, the software used to post-process your raw flight data. LP360 will generate a 3D LIDAR point cloud in LAS format, colorize the point cloud, and geotag the images collected. Tools such as accuracy assessment, automatic and manual ground classification, and contour/ surface exporting.

TrueView/Microdrones Sensor Support

LP360 has added support to process data collected from the full line of TrueView 3D Imaging Sensors and the full line of drone surveying equipment from Microdrones.  These include the TrueView 645/650 TrueView 655/660, TrueView 515, TrueView 435, the new mdLiDAR1000UHR, mdLiDAR3000TripleCam, mdLiDAR3000TripleCam+, and the updated mdLiDAR1000HR and the updated mdLiDAR1000LR.

Multi-cycle import is also available for the TrueView, Microdrones and guest sensors. With this new time-saving function:

  • Cycles can be added with base observation and ancillary files, survey nail information, and batch import, showing progress and status reporting per cycle
  • All base station observation files can be added and the LP360 software will auto select the appropriate ones for each cycle
  • Antenna height is read from the RINEX and where possible the T02 base observation files
  • Create a survey nail/reference mark from the coordinates found in an archived cycle
  • Right-click menu options for setting area, ancillary files, and survey nail/reference mark
  • Support for T02 base observation files for all POSPac-supported trajectory positioning options
  • Automatically generate view groups for each cycle and temporal date

POSPac processing updates have also been included with the latest release.  Now, instead of needing to know the position a priori, LP360 Drone has added support for deriving the survey nail coordinate using Trimble CenterPoint RTX during POSPac processing.

The POSPac Cloud installer has also been added to the LP360 installer to support integrated functions that depend on POSPac Cloud.

Additionally, a QC-Only option in POSPac processing has been added to allow for field checks. Creates rnav/vrms.out and report.pdf files.

TrueView Import in LP360 Desktop
Multi-cycle import is now available in LP360

Point Cloud Tasks (PCTs)

The Powerlines Extractor PCT extracts power line catenaries from the point cloud, with options to classify points and vectorize the catenaries. Version 2022.1 includes improvements to the Powerline Extractor PCT to handle larger gaps in points along the span and also updated the Powerline Edit tool.

Ease of Use/Workflow Improvements

Improvements to the workflow in LP360 include added support for user-customizable issues in the QA/QC toolbar along with an Import/Export capability to exchange standardized issue lists between team members.

Furthermore, a new Classify Close to Line tool has been added in the classification tools of the profile view.

LP360 QA/QC Editor
The QA/QC Issue Editor

Coordinate Reference Systems (CRS) and Datums

LP360 has built in a robust system for assisting users with the projections, datum, epoch, and even local ground transformations that one may encounter while processing data.  This latest release adds support for additional vertical datums in Britain (ODN OSGM15 and HS2-VRF), Germany (DHHN2016 – GCG2016), Portugal (Cascais height – GeodPT08), Romania (Constanta height – Ro-qg401), Slovakia (Baltic 1957 height – dvrm), Sweden (SWEN08_RH70, SWEN08_RH2000, and SWEN17_RH70), Switzerland (LHN95 height – CHGeo2004 and LN02 – CHGeo2004), NAD83(2011) / Alabama East (ftUS) and West (ftUS), S-JTSK[JTSK03] Krovak & Krovak East North, Colombia Origen-Nacional, MGI Austria East, Central & West.

Orthophoto Tools

Metashape for EVO (MfE) is now Ortho Mapping. This dramatically streamlines the production of ground surface orthomosaics when using a LiDAR sensor. The Ortho Mapping feature in LP360 has added a cloud option for processing True Pose images to an orthomosaic and updating their positions and orientations to the bundle block adjustment (BBA) values.

The Ortho Mapping feature in LP360 has added a cloud option
The Ortho Mapping feature in LP360 has added a cloud option

DJI Guest Sensor Support

While the TrueView 3D Imaging Systems are recommended for highly accurate Drone LiDAR and Mapping, the DJI L1 is a capable Entry-Level UAV LiDAR Payload. LP360 supports the DJI Zenmuse L1 (M300-RTK) guest sensor processing to enhance data collected with the L1. LP360 Drone integration can complement and improve your L1 workflow by picking up where Terra left off. After processing trajectories in Terra, import your data into LP360 Drone to manage coordinate systems or reproject into a different coordinate system. Other features to support data processing from the DJI Zenmuse L1 include the ability for comparison and debiasing to control points, validation to check points, plus orthomosaic generation and Image Explorer for utilizing the photos collected by the L1.

LP360 Version 2022.1 also includes support for the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise (M3E) photogrammetric workflow.  DJI recently released the Mavic 3 Enterprise which is the replacement for the P4P RTK. LP360 software can enhance the data collected by the Mavic 3.

January 2023 Webinar

An informative webinar demonstrating the new features and updates available in LP360 will be available in January 2023. Please subscribe to our mailing list to be notified. You can also click here to download a summary of the LP360 desktop version 2022.1 release updates. For further information or details please talk to one of our well informed sales managers today.

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