Open LiDAR Toolbox

A QGIS plug-in for one-step-processing of airborne LiDAR data from point cloud to LiDAR visualisations

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Open Open LiDAR Toolbox is a QGIS plug-in for one-step-processing of airborne LiDAR data from point cloud to LiDAR visualisations.
It is based on peer-reviewed papers published in open access journals
The required input is an unclassified point cloud in LAZ/LAS format and the tool returns outputs needed for interpretative mapping of archaeological features. In addition, several other tools are available for multi-step data processing. The tools are optimised for archaeology, but have a broader application for anyone primarily interested in visual inspection of airborne LiDAR, e.g., topographic mapping.




All of the tools are explained in detail in these open access publications:

Štular, Benjamin, Stefan Eichert, and Edisa Lozić. 2021. "Airborne LiDAR Point Cloud Processing for Archaeology. Pipeline and QGIS Toolbox" Remote Sensing 13, no. 16: 3225.

Lozić, Edisa, and Benjamin Štular. 2021. "Documentation of Archaeology-Specific Workflow for Airborne LiDAR Data Processing" Geosciences 11, no. 1: 26.

Štular, Benjamin, Edisa Lozić, and Stefan Eichert. 2021. "Airborne LiDAR-Derived Digital Elevation Model for Archaeology" Remote Sensing 13, no. 9: 1855.

Štular, Benjamin, and Edisa Lozić. 2020. "Comparison of Filters for Archaeology-Specific Ground Extraction from Airborne LiDAR Point Clouds" Remote Sensing 12, no. 18: 3025.

Lozić, Edisa. 2021. "Application of Airborne LiDAR Data to the Archaeology of Agrarian Land Use: The Case Study of the Early Medieval Microregion of Bled (Slovenia)" Remote Sensing 13, no. 16: 3228.

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Stefan Eichert
Natural History Museum Vienna
Burgring 7
1010 Wien/Austria

Benjamin Štular
Novi trg 2
1000 Ljubljana/Slovenia

Edisa Lozić
Institute of Classics
University of Graz
8010 Graz/Austria