The “Find Poles” tool is a new feature added to TerraScan v017.018. The tool was originally created to automatically detect pole type objects along roads and railroads, which were collected using mobile or high-density airborne LIDAR data, but its design actually allows it to accomplish tasks beyond pole detection.
Some tasks that Find Poles can be utilized for include identifying objects, classifying the points to that object class, and placing cells representing those objects. It does this by comparing groups of points with object templates and assessing the wellness-of-fit. If the fit is good, then the classification and vector placement will occur.