We’ve often said “we don’t mind hard work, it’s unnecessary work that bothers us“.  Such is the case in obtaining lidar data for surface generation.  From our previous experience the process involved:

  1. Use a browser to go to a certain government website.
  2. Zoom and pan around till we found the area of interest.
  3. Click to select our area and place our order.
  4. Wait for an email to arrive telling us our data is ready.
  5. Download to find it’s a massive file.

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When we worked up our procedure for importing Lidar into Civil3D a couple months ago, we realized there were way too many steps and way too many hoops to jump through.  Hoops preparing the data, through Recap to prepare a RCP/RCS, through Civil3D creating a point cloud, and finally creating the surface.  Highly trained professionals have more important things to do with their time than spend it like a well trained circus animal jumping through hoops, so we did something about it.

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