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Download LiDAR using Equator

  • Visit the Equator platform
  • Signup to create an account
  • Navigate to your location
  • Create a site using the “Add Site” button at the bottom
  • Go to the Data menu
  • Select LiDAR Point Cloud

Where to download LiDAR online?

There are a few different places you can download LiDAR data online.  Equator compiles data 

The US Geological Survey website is a good place to start, as they have a large collection of high-quality LiDAR data. You can also try searching for specific datasets on Google Earth Engine or Earthdata, which both offer free access to a variety of satellite and airborne data. Finally, if you’re looking for commercial LiDAR data, you can purchase it from companies like Geodata International or Terraula. All of these websites offer download links for a variety of different LiDAR datasets, so you should be able to find what you’re looking for relatively easily. Whichever website you choose, make sure to download the data in the format that is compatible with your software before beginning your analysis.

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Importing lidar data into Civil 3D

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LiDAR vs. DEM. vs. Contours – what do you need?

There is a lot of confusion around the names of various elevation products, and what they truly mean.  Sometimes, a rater Digital Elevation Model (DEM) is incorrectly called LiDAR.  In fact, rater DEMs (typically in geoTIFF format) can be created from LiDAR but not always, so using the terms interchangeably is not advised. 

Equator allows users to create various elevation products from LiDAR.  These products include DEMs, DSMs, contours, and hillshades.    To learn more about the difference between each product, and which is right for your project, you can learn more about LiDAR vs. DEM vs. Contous in a recent blog post.  

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Equator allows you to easily download USGS LiDAR

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Equator also includes NOAA LiDAR for download 

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Equator is online map-making software for civil engineers, architects, and designers. Equator includes thousands of built-in data sets, like LiDAR and DEMs and easy-to-use design and map making tools. Create accurate, professional maps in minutes!

Frequently Asked Questions

Equator is mapping and design software with thousands of built-in data sets.  Equator is used by civil engineers, architects, and construction professionals around the world to find, build, and share maps and designs instantly.

Equator indexes data from open data portals around the world.  Many data sets are pulled in automatically through APIs and others are added by our team of GIS experts and geospatial developers.

LiDAR is Light Detection and Ranging technology.  This technology uses a pulsed laser to measure distances from the laser to a surface.  LiDAR is often used for remote sensing applications, for example, measuring the distance to the Earth’s surface for elevation mapping.  Learn more here.