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Lidar processing software

How to process lidar data

Free software to process lidar data

Point cloud processing software

1. VRMesh

VRMesh is an advanced 3D point cloud and mesh processing software tool.

2. Terrasolid

It works as a plugin for microstaton and is suitable for both TLS and airborne lidar.


Has some good modules for processing and handling LiDAR data.

4.  LAStools

” a collection of highly-efficient, scriptable tools with multi-core batching that process LAS, compressed LAZ, Terrasolid BIN, ESRI Shapefiles, and ASCII.”

5. FME Desktop

” ability to take a point cloud that has no color information on it, and overlay it into an orthophoto to produce a colorized point cloud”

6. LP360

Add-on to ArcGIS


a powerful and solid open source option developed by the USDA Forest Service to analyze and visualize LiDAR data.


identifying tree canopy and creating DSM’s from Lidar data