Remove Outliers

Summary

Common noises include high level gross errors and low level gross errors. As shown below, high level gross error is usually caused by the returns of high-flying objects (such as birds or aircraft) during the process of data collection; low-level gross error are returns with extremely low attitudes caused by the multipath effect of a laser pulse. The Outlier Removal tool aims to remove these errors as much as possible and therefore improve the data quality.

Lidar360 Outlier Removal schematic

The algorithm will first search for each point's neighboring points within a user-defined area and calculate the average distance from the point to its neighboring points. Then, the mean and standard deviation of these average distances for all points are calculated. If the average distance of a point to its neighbors is larger than maximum distance (maximum distance = mean + n * standard deviation, where n is a user-defined multiple number), it will be considered as an outlier and be removed from the original point cloud.

Effect picture:

Lidar360 Outlier Removal result

Usage

Click Data Management > Point Cloud Tools > Remove Outliers

Lidar360 Outlier Removal

Settings

  • Input Data: The input file can be a single point cloud data file or multiple data files. File Format: *.LiData.
  • Neighbor Points (default value is "10"): The number of points required in the neighborhood to calculate the average distance of each point. If there are not enough points found, the algorithm will not be executed.
  • Multiples of std deviation (default value is "5"): The factor multiplied by the standard deviation to calculate the maximum distance.
  • Output path: Path of the output file. After the function being executed, a new file will be generated. When more than one files are entered, the path needs to be set to a folder.

Note: The algorithm of this function can be performed repeatedly to improve the denoising results. The outlier removal results is limited if the noises are to dense.

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