LidarTools

LidarTools

Win64, English

DotSoft LLC
A collection of tools to make it easier to work with Lidar files in Autodesk® Civil 3D®.

General Usage Instructions

See detailed description and help on each command for usage instructions in the commands section.

Screenshots

Commands

Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

LidarTin

Prompts for a file selection of LAS/LAZ files, which classes to use (separate multiples with a comma), then a rectangular window for your area of interest. Any points in a file that fall outside the window are not included. Any files selected that fall outside the AOI are not even scanned for points (saved time).

LidarConv

Prompts for a selection of files then converts them to LAZ for maximum compression and compatibility with the tools below. For maximum speed and file integrity, this tool uses RapidLasso’s LasZip for file conversions (with permission).

LidarList

Creates a detailed report displayed in your default browser, ready to print. Includes point count, coordinate window, elevation min/max and optionally classifications and subcounts.

LidarMake

Create a LAZ file from Tin/Grid surfaces (classification 2 for ground). Includes a surface sampler that writes out points on a virtual grid (user supplies interval) draped onto the surface for reducing existing overly dense surfaces.

LidarPlot

Plots selected lidar files as point objects in the drawing. Beware that Autodesk® AutoCAD® tends to slow down significantly and/or become unresponsive or unstable with massive amounts of points. A separate session is highly recommended.

LidarProj

Prompts for a selection of LAS/LAZ files, source and target system names. Then uses AutoCAD projection engine to convert the points to the new system (including elevation scaling). New file (with target code appended to name) stored in LAZ format using RapidLasso’s LasZip for maximum file integrity.

LidarThin

Creates a reduced point copy of a dense file with various filters. Currently includes Interval (very useful for contours only) and optional elevation min/max removal. Echos percent reduction of each file at command prompt.

LidarTiles

Prompts for a file selection of LAS/LAZ files, then draws rectangles in model space representing the extents of those tiles. Label information includes file name, min/max elevation and total number of points. Optionally include classifications found and the number of points for each.

Installation/Uninstallation

The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin.

You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

These tools are only a few of the many functions contained in the DotSoft's C3DTools product.

Known Issues

None.

Contact

Company Name: DotSoft LLC
Support Contact: support@dotsoft.com

Author/Company Information

DotSoft LLC

Support Information

Please visit the DotSoft website or email us at support@dotsoft.com for support or to submit feedback.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

1.0.0

Initial version for the Autodesk App Store. Revision to include support for Civil3D 2022
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