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The Global Mapper LiDAR Module is an optional enhancement to the software that provides numerous advanced LiDAR processing tools, including automatic point cloud classification, feature extraction, cross-sectional viewing and editing, dramatically faster surface generation, and much more. At a fraction of the cost of comparable applications, it is a must-have for anyone using or managing LiDAR data.

Additional functionality offered in the LiDAR Module includes:

  •    A convenient LiDAR Toolbar for easy access to key editing and analysis functions

  •    Multiple gridding options for faster DSM or DTM generation

  •    Access to point cloud files containing a billion points or more

  •    Automatic point classification tools that automatically distinguish building, ground, and vegetation points in unclassified layers

  •    Feature extraction functionality to automatically create 3D building footprints and trees

  •    Cross-sectional rendering using Global Mapper's Path Profile tool for viewing and editing the point cloud in a vertical perspective

  •    Advanced filtering options to efficiently remove erroneous or unneeded points

  •    LiDAR scripting commands for streamlining workflow

  •    Point colorization from underlying imagery offering photo-realistic point cloud rendering in Global Mapper's 3D Viewer

  •    Support for reporting LiDAR statistics

  •    Support for importing and exporting most common LiDAR formats

The LiDAR Module was first released with Global Mapper v15 and a host of new LiDAR tools have since been added with the release of version 16. Included in the most recent release is a long list of powerful new features such as automatic reclassification and feature extraction for buildings and trees, dramatically improved automatic classification of ground points, and the ability to filter LiDAR points by class, elevation, color, scan-angle and source-ID when exporting, gridding, and selecting from point clouds. For a complete list of enhancements visit the Latest Changes tab.

The enhanced LiDAR analysis and editing functionality in the Global Mapper LiDAR module is offered at a significantly lower price than similar applications. The cost of activating this module is on par with the cost of purchasing a copy of Global Mapper with flexible licensing options for available for network, enterprise, and academic use. For more information, contact

The Global Mapper LiDAR Module is embedded in the standard version of the software and is activated using an appropriate license file or order number. As with the full version of Global Mapper, the LiDAR Module can be activated on a trial basis by requesting a temporary license. Click here for instructions on how to activate the module.

LIDAR Features

The Global Mapper LiDAR Module is an optional purchase for those interested in advanced features such as automatic reclassification, Path Profile editing of LiDAR points and dramatically faster gridding. Users will leverage the LiDAR Module through the new LiDAR toolbar.

  • Manual Reclassification

   Quickly reclassify points with seven different classification types.
       Ground Points
       High Vegetation Points
       Medium Vegetation Points
       Low Vegetation Points
       Building Points
       Transmission Tower Points
       Water Points

  • Automatic Reclassification

   Automatically reclassify buildings, trees and ground points with conveniently located button in the LiDAR tool bar. The latest version features improved classification to filter out likely buildings and trees along with additional parameters controls in the Ground Classify dialog. Machines with multiple cores will experience faster automatic classification of ground points. The user can also perform automatic classification on just selected points to speed up processing.

  • Advanced LiDAR Filtering Options

Access the LiDAR filtering options from the "Options" tab in the "Configuration Window" to allow easily filtering by classification and/or return type. Filter LiDAR points by class, elevation, color, scan-angle and source-ID when exporting, gridding, and selecting from point clouds.

  • Feature Extraction

Feature extraction allows the user to render building and trees for greater visualization of LiDAR data. This new and powerful feature in Global Mapper is something normally only seen in software that costs thousands of dollars for a single user license. The Global Mapper Lidar module enables users to easily and quickly conduct feature extraction rendering appropriately classified lidar points as 2D and 3D feature objects. This powerful data will assist users that wish to create better and more exact earth models with realistically representative objects.

  • Colorize LiDAR Points

Colorize and view LiDAR points as RGB data by using the LiDAR module toolbar button to colorize LiDAR points from loaded imagery in memory with no export required. Users can also apply color from loaded imagery when batch converting to LiDAR LAS/LAZ files. As well as colorize LiDAR points by the following:

   Color LiDAR by RGB/Elev
   Color LiDAR by Elevation
   Color LiDAR by Intensity
   Color LiDAR by Classification
   Color LiDAR by Return Number
   Color LiDAR by Height Above Ground
   Color LiDAR by Point Source ID

  • Dramatically Faster Gridding

With robust gridding techniques for faster, extremely flexible creation of elevation surfaces, including smart decimation through binning, and other techniques.

  • Path Profile Editing

The module also includes the ability to leverage the LiDAR toolbar directly in the Path Profile viewer for faster management, editing and reclassifying of points. The module includes two selection options for selecting points in the Path Profile viewer, to select by a click and drag method or selection by drawing a custom polygon to select points.

  • Additional File Format Support

   E57 lidar format support
   Leica PTS point cloud file support

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