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How to create a DSM and a DEM from las dataset alone?

Question asked by tedrakel on Jun 10, 2015
Latest reply on Jul 15, 2017 by jbrengel

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 :   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.