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Converting XYZ to LAT,LON,HGT

Converting RiScan output (XYZ)  to  WGS84 LAT,LON,HGT   

Will also convert to lat,lon,alt,R,G,B,A

  • Download nlastools.zip
  • Unzip the file to get a nlastools directory.
  • In there is a lidar2csv.sh script.
   Note: This needs to have Java 1.6 in your path.

  • You run it with: sh ~/nlastools/lidar2csv.sh -header lowres_Polydata001.txt

Also attached is a lidar.properties file. Place this in the directory where your data files are. This defines the coordinate reference system (I assume wgs84) and the fields.

Note - the above conversion outputs:

This nlastools package is new and hasn’t been used very much so any feedback would be appreciated.
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Comments (4)
Comment by Vinton Valentine on Fri, Mar 29th, 2013 at 2:43 PM
Thanks for looking into the issues I found and for fixing/enhancing the formatting. I will check out the new version. As for the duplicate line issue, I will send the info and example data file via your email address.
Comment by Jeff McWhirter on Wed, Mar 13th, 2013 at 3:21 PM
I put together a fix for the formatting problem. You can get a new version of the nlas tools release and see how to specify formatting here: http://tls.unavco.org/repository/entry/show?entryid=fd524b73-23d8-415d-a05e-6b7f7199ab2e
Comment by Jeff McWhirter on Wed, Mar 13th, 2013 at 2:14 PM
I will look into the duplicate line problem. As to the precision - this is a side effect of how the values are managed internally for text files. The numeric values in a shot are managed internally when processed as 8 byte doubles then the double value is written out. Likewise the RGB values are managed as doubles as well. Clearly 16 decimal places is too much. I will come up with a way to describe precision for the fields in a text file. Can you send me your metadata properties file and a couple line example data file? Thanks, Jeff
Comment by Vinton Valentine on Fri, Mar 8th, 2013 at 11:53 PM
When using lidar2csv to convert an ECEF file to LLE, resulting csv file contains 2 lines of duplicate ouput for each line of input. Also, longitude,latitude,altitude written with 16 decimal places when input had 2 decimal places and r,g,b,intensity values written with 1 decimal place when input was integer. WinXP system running the jar file using java 1.6.0_31 in command line.
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