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PostGIS Cookbook by Bborie Park, Stephen Vincent Mather, Thomas J. Kraft, Paolo Corti

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Generating detailed building footprints from LiDAR

Frequently, with spatial analyses, we receive data in one form that seems quite promising but need it in another more extensive form. LiDAR is an excellent solution for such problems. LiDAR data is laser-scanner either from an airborne platform, such as a fixed-wing plane or helicopter, or from a ground unit. LiDAR devices typically return a cloud of points referencing absolute or relative positions in space. As a raw dataset, they are often not as useful as they are once they have been processed. Many LiDAR datasets are classified into land cover types. So, a LiDAR dataset, in addition to having data that contains x, y, and z values for all the points sampled across a space, will often contain ...

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