My client wants to keep lidar data in a las dataset and not use terrain datasets or mosaic datasets. They also do not want to create multipoint features in the geodatabase from the las files. I need to create a DSM and a DEM from the las dataset alone. I have read the excellent esri paper available here : http://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/lidar-analysis-forestry-10.pdf This paper gives great adivce on how to create a DSM and a DEM but it requires creating mulitpoint features in the geodatabase, which my client does not want.
Is there a way to create a DSM and DEM from a las dataset directly without creating mulitpoint features or using terrain or mosaic datasets? I'm using arc gis desktop 10.2.1.