What's the best way to handle deliveries of LAS files over time?

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06-08-2015 04:57 PM
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I have a customer who has many existing LAS files and expects to get many more over time.  These a LiDAR scans of transmission lines and the vegetation around them.  Does anyone have an opinion on the best way to handle scans of the same area over time?  Can Mosaic datasets help in this?  I've thought about using mutliple LAS datasets with something in the name to indicate the date.  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks

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Creation of a las dataset (*.lasd) does not actually load the data into anything. Its simply a box to keep indexes and statistics to enable Arc to draw it. It has pointers to the actual location of the las files.

So, a well organized sub-directory system is probably the way to go. With the *.lasd at the top of the structure.

Where you would put any derived products (raster dems or whatever) will also need to be organized by survey location, date etc.

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