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File TypeLIDAR Data Exchange File

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This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.


File created in the standard LAS format, which was developed by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS); stores Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data that is collected by optical remote sensors; used to exchange LIDAR data between data providers and data consumers.

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The LAS file format was developed in response to the growing number of proprietary LIDAR file formats. It also was designed to overcome some of the complexities in existing LIDAR data. LAS files are stored in a binary format.

Programs that open LAS files
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ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
Safe Software FME Desktop
Geosoft Oasis montaj
Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper
Updated 1/12/2015