The Global Mapper Lidar Module Software Development Kit® is a powerful addition to the Global Mapper SDK. The Module provides developers access to advanced point cloud processing functionality, including the Pixels to Points® tool, which can process geotagged aerial images, usually collected with UAVs or drones, and use them to create a high-density 3D point cloud. Pixels to Points employs the principles of photogrammetry by deriving measurements from photographs and analyzing the relationship between objects in adjacent images to determine the three-dimensional coordinates of the corresponding surface.

The functionality included in this SDK enhancement is an extremely powerful, cutting edge point cloud processing capability and will enable developers to keep ahead of the curve with regards to point cloud and Lidar data manipulation.

Advanced Lidar functionality includes:

Lidar tools for editing and analysis

  • New Pixels-to-Points tool for creating 3D point clouds from collections of overlapping images
  • Multiple gridding options for faster DSM or DTM generation
  • The ability to access, display, and manipulate point cloud files containing billions of data points in real-time
  • Automatic point classification tools that can distinguish building, ground, vegetation, power lines, utility poles, and noise in unclassified layers
  • Feature extraction functionality to automatically create 3D building footprints, trees, and power lines
  • Advanced filtering options to efficiently remove erroneous or unneeded points
  • Customizable identification and reclassification of noise points
  • Lidar scripting commands for streamlining workflow
  • Point colorization from underlying imagery for realistic point cloud rendering
  • Built-in model for reporting key Lidar statistics
  • Support for importing and exporting all major Lidar formats
  • Calculation of basic rooftop statistics from point clouds

This advanced Lidar functionality is embedded in the standard SDK and is activated with an appropriate license file and agreement. As with the full version of Global Mapper, the SDK can be activated on a trial basis by requesting a temporary license for evaluation purposes. For more information, contact today!

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