Blue Marble Geographics announced the availability of an update to the Global Mapper LiDAR Module. Released in conjunction with Global Mapper version 18 the latest edition of the module leverages many of the improvements introduced in the standard version of the software to provide optimized LiDAR processing capability for airborne, terrestrial, or photogrammetrically generated point cloud datasets of any size or density.
The latest release of the module includes numerous functional enhancements and performance improvements that have been designed to provide significantly enhanced point cloud visualization and analysis. New in version 18, the 3D View now offers “infinite view” capability with the extent of the display encompassing all loaded point cloud or other 3D data. A new dynamic rendering process updates the detail level and resolution as the map is zoomed and panned. This enables the creation of truly stunning 3D data visualizations and provides the means to work with even the largest LiDAR dataset completely and natively in a 3D environment. An improved 3D selection tool provides better selection feedback in the 3D View allowing LiDAR points to be quickly and easily selected and edited or deleted if necessary.
Improvements with the LiDAR Module have also been made in the process of extracting 3D vector buildings from a LiDAR file including the creation of building walls and floor polygons that are automatically associated with the extracted roof model. As with every release, version 18 introduces performance and speed improvements that allow ever larger LiDAR files to be quickly loaded and efficiently processed. Version 18 also features the addition of a dozen 3D point styles and an improved 3D point style assignment process.
The base version of Global Mapper 18 introduces a redesigned interface with customizable toolbars and reconfigured menus allowing anyone working with LiDAR data to quickly access the tools necessary for editing and processing point cloud data. To streamline workflow, all of the tools required for a series of sequential tasks, from data importing, to editing, to converting, to exporting, can now be assembled in a single dockable or floating toolbar.