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Introduction To LIDAR & Point Clouds

The main topics discussed during this episode include:

  1. Basics of LIDAR data and its applications.
  2. Differences between LIDAR and photogrammetry.
  3. Processing chain of LIDAR data.
  4. Challenges in classifying point clouds.
  5. Applications of LIDAR technology in vegetation mapping, terrain modelling, and infrastructure inspection.
  6. The future of LIDAR technology includes the potential for more affordable and widespread use.
  7. Importance of automated processing tools for handling large volumes of data.

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About the Author
I'm Daniel O'Donohue, the voice and creator behind The MapScaping Podcast ( A podcast for the geospatial community ). With a professional background as a geospatial specialist, I've spent years harnessing the power of spatial to unravel the complexities of our world, one layer at a time.