Displays and LIDAR Data Analysis (. LAS) in ArcGIS 10.1

One of the things new in ArcGIS 10.1 is the ability to display, updating and analysis of LIDAR data (light detection and ranging), which has a *. LAS file format. LAS format files with the extension is the interchange format as an alternative to ASCII (*. ASC) file that is currently widely used. About LIDAR can you read through wikipedia.

LAS file format for LIDAR data is said to reduce the file size by 35% to 80% compared to an ASCII file. LAS file this small impact on the speed of your computer to open and process the file. Video below is a presentation of the use of LIDAR data in ArcGIS 10.1 on when ESRI User Conference last month.

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If you are a user of ArcGIS ArcGIS 9.x or 10 who want to display the LIDAR data in LAS format, can use a free utility from GeoCue named LAS Reader for ArcGIS.

Download LAS Reader for ArcGIS disini