Find, view and extract USGS LiDAR point cloud data instantly using Equator.

Highway 90 Houston USGS LiDAR Point Cloud

Who is the LiDAR Viewer for?

The Equator LiDAR viewer is used by professionals such as infrastructure designers and city builders:

  • Planners
  • Architects
  • Civil Engineers
  • Flood Analysts
  • Construction Professionals
  • Landscape Designers

What can I do with the viewer?

Includes built in features, such as:

  • Viewing 3D surfaces from built-in LiDAR
  • Generating contours
  • Sourcing and view LiDAR point clouds
  • Cutting cross sections on the fly
  • Extracting elevation data
  • Creating markups, labels and figures
  • Link sharing data
Gibbons Creek Lake LiDAR Cross Section
Highway 30 LiDAR Point Cloud Greenville

Where does the data come from?

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), specifically their 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) manages the nations public LiDAR dataset. You can read more about the 3DEP here. In general, the built-in point clouds are sourced from a library of airborne LiDAR surveys that are managed by the USGS, and connected to Equator for ease of access.

How accurate is the map?

Most of the LiDAR data that you will find in Equator is derived from Quality Level 0, 1, 2 or 3 LiDAR.

West Texas LiDAR Contours Sanderson

Can I extract contours?

Yes! Contours can be extracted from the USGS LiDAR Viewer at the resolution of your choosing. Contours can be exported to a variety of formats including shapefile (.shp) and drawing (.dxf). In addition, digital elevation models (DEMs) are also available.

Why should I use Equator to access the USGS LiDAR data set?

Equator allows users to access local LiDAR surveys to the best available resolution.  Experience 3D topography in high-resolution, unlike never before.

  • Revolutionary 3D platform for viewing data

  • Most detailed online map of US topography, accessible on a globe

  • Easily extract the data you need