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An Approach to Visualization of Large Data Sets From LIDAR

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Executive Summary

Rapid development of laser scanning technology in past decades has resulted in a wide area of its applications. LIDAR is a system that uses this technology to gather information about distant targets. Gathered data are stored into large data sets that are further processed, visualized and analyzed. Fast and accurate visualization is the key factor when working with LIDAR point clouds. The main problem that arises is that vast amount of data can easily exceed memory and processing capacities of modern day computers. This paper presents an approach to visualization of large LIDAR point clouds in real time entirely on graphical processing unit using a point-based rendering technique.

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