ALS Editor

Summary

The ALS editor tools are used for checking the ALS individual tree segmentation results, editing (i.e., adding and deleting) seed points, and segmenting point cloud data based on the edited seed points.

Usage

In an active window, load the ALS point cloud data to be edited.

Navigate to and click on ALS Forest > ALS Editor.

ALS Editor
ALS Editor

The ALS Editor toolbar options, from left to right, are: Start/End Edit, Open Seed Point File, Save Seed Point File, Add Seed Points, Select Seed Points, Deselect Seed Points, Cancel Selection, Delete Selected Seed Points, Clear All Seed Points, Profile, Filter Trees, Point Cloud Segmentation Based on Seed, Clear TreeID, Seed Setting, and Exit.

Start/End Edit

Click Editor > Start Edit.

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Select the data to be edited (this should be a normalized point cloud and only one dataset can be edited at a time). Click “OK”, and then other functions on the ALS Editor toolbar will be available.

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During the editing process the selected data cannot be removed from the window. When editing is completed, click “End Edit”. Other toolbar functions will be unavailable at this point.

Open Seed Points File

Brief: Select a seed point file (please refer to Seed Points File in the appendix for the correct format) and the window below will pop up. Please note that there is a header line in the seed point file, therefore the first line should be ignored when the file is opened.

ALS Editor
ALS Editor

Save Seed Points File

Brief:When the editing is completed, the seed points can be saved as a new CSV file without overwriting the original file.

Add Seed Points

Brief: Add seed points manually in under-segmented areas. Users may be prompted to select the peak - or the point close to the peak - of a tree as the seed point.

Select Seed Points

Brief: Select seed points for editing.

Deselect Seed Points

Brief: This tool can be used to deselect incorrect seed points which may have been selected in error.

Cancel Selection

Brief: Cancel the selection of seed points.

Delete Selected Seed Points

Brief: For areas that are over-segmented, incorrect seed points can be selected and deleted by using the Select tool.

Clear All Seed Points

Brief: Remove all seed points in the window.

Profile

Brief: When the ALS Editor toolbar is opened, the point cloud window will change to 2D display mode. The profile tool can show if the seed points are accurate in 3D. Click the Profile Tool button and a new window will be created. Click the mouse left button to select a polygon and all points within the polygon will be displayed in the new window in 3D.

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Filter Trees

Brief: After point cloud segmentation, properties like tree height and crown area can be obtained. Filter Trees can be used to view (highlighted), hide, delete, or export individual trees based on individual tree properties, such as TreeID, tree height and crown area. For example, users can view the trees with height in a certain range. Or users can select the trees with extremely small or large crow area, which may be over-segmented or under-segmented. When using this function, users must add the segmented point cloud and the segmentation result to the software.

After filtering the point clouds by tree height (from 2.71 meters to 10 meters), the filtered results will be highlighted (as shown below).

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Point Cloud Segmentation Based on Seed

Brief: Segment the point cloud data based on the edited seed points. Refer to PCS with Seeds.

Clear Tree ID

Brief: If the point cloud data has been previously segmented, the Tree ID should be removed prior to performing individual tree segmentation again. Refer to Clear Tree ID.

Seed Setting

Brief: Users can set the color, alpha and size of the seed points, and may choose to show the seed point ID and its label size.

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  • Color (default color is "Red"): Click, and then the dialog for selecting colors will pop up as shown below. Any color may be selected as the seed point color from this window.

  • Alpha (default value is "0.5"): Transparency of the seed point, ranging from 0 to 1, with 0 being completely transparent and 1 being opaque. The default value is 0.5. Click and the value will be incremented or decremented by 0.1, or the user can directly enter a specific value.

  • Show Seed ID (optional): Use the check box to determine if the seed point ID is displayed in the window.
  • Seed Size (default value is "0.5"): The seed size, ranging from [0,100). Click and the value will be incremented or decremented by 1, or the user can directly enter a specific value.
  • Label Size (default value is "1"): The label size, ranging from [0, 100). Click and the value will be incremented or decremented by 1, or the user can directly enter a specific value.

Exit

Brief: To exit ALS Editor, click the exit button and a prompt window below will pop up. Click “Yes” to close the ALS Editor toolbar or click “No” to return to the editor window.

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Note: If the point cloud has been segmented, you need to Clear Tree ID prior to segmenting it again. If segmentation has not been performed, the message "All files have been segmented, please clear tree ID first!" will be displayed.

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