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LiDAR Module vs. Global Mapper

Do I Need the LiDAR Module?

Coinciding with the rapidly expanding availability of LiDAR data, the LiDAR Module supplements the standard version of Global Mapper with an array of powerful point cloud processing tools and superior terrain creation capability. This affordable add-on component exponentially increases the value of the software by providing the means to fully utilize significantly more points in any point cloud dataset.

Software Comparison

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Pixels-to-Points™ tool for creating 3D point clouds from overlapping images
Read/Write support for LAS/LAZ files
Support for Leica PTS format
Support for working with over one billion points [64-bit only]
Option to render point cloud by elevation shader
Option to render point cloud by RGB values embedded in point cloud
Option to render point cloud by intensity
Option to render point cloud by classification
Option to render point cloud by return number
Option to render point cloud by point index
Option to render point cloud by point source ID
Option to render point cloud by the difference in height between the first and last return
Option to render point cloud by calculated NDVI or NDWI value (requires NIR attribute)
Option to render point cloud by height above ground
Option to render point cloud by point density
Ability to interactively change rendering method from Toolbar
One-button point cloud colorization from raster imagery
Ability to calculate statistics for point cloud data using a script
Ability to reproject LiDAR point clouds
Ability to transform point cloud coordinates (including rectification)
Ability to crop point clouds
Ability to manually edit or delete points
Easy filtering for separating point classes
Ability to filter selected LiDAR points by elevation/color range
Ability to manually adjust elevations in entire point cloud
LiDAR QC to vertically correct LIDAR elevations from ground control points
Ability to display and edit LiDAR points in Path Profile (cross-sectional view)
One-button point reclassification tools
Automatic ground point classification
Automatic identification of noise points
Automatic reclassification of building, tree, and power line points
Ability to create custom keyboard shortcuts for reclassification
Building, tree, and powerline extraction from classified LiDAR points
Custom 3D digitizing and feature extraction using perpendicular path profile views
Elevation grid creation using Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN) method
Elevation grid creation using local minimum elevation (DTM)
Elevation grid creation using local maximum elevation (DSM)
Elevation grid creation using local average elevation
Option to filter points applied in gridding process
Ability to create grid from heights above ground rather than elevation
Ability to create grid based on intensity rather than elevation
Ability to create grid from color values to create an image layer
Option to export LiDAR points within elevation range
Option to export LAS files using height above ground instead of elevation