LiDAR Scan of London in LandXplorer

The movie below details a 1 meter resolution scan of London using LiDAR (an optical remote sensing technology that measures properties of scattered light to find range and/or other information of a distant target via laser pulses, Wiki). The ability to load in the entire scan of London – some 1,500 kmsq – is thanks to LandXplorer by Autodesk and we are impressed:

LiDAR Scan of London from digitalurban on Vimeo.


Autodesk LandXplorer offers a collection of functions to interactively compose, present, explore, analyze, and edit geodata-based 3D models. In a sense, they represent a content management system for 2D and 3D geoinformation, which supports the effective handling of geodata assets.

Take a look at http://www.3dgeo.de/products.aspx for more info, we will have more on the LiDAR scan of London in future posts.

Thanks go to Duncan Smith at CASA for doing the processing and Cities Revealed for the data supplied by Landmap.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

1 Comment

  1. Lovehunterboy - November 26, 2009

    Is that really London? It’s really big as I imagine it. Big Bens clock is in London right? Anyway, I do some research about Lidar Technology and I thought Lidar can be used only in a certain size area and honestly I am not expecting it can cover a whole london. I guess Google Eart uses Lidar.. am i right?

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