2020 DC OCTO Lidar: Washington, DC Point Cloud files with Orthometric Vertical Datum North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88) using GEOID18

Below are links to the files that make up the 2020 DC OCTO Lidar: Washington, DC dataset in an orthometric vertical datum North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88) using GEOID18. This HTML file is here to emulate the access you would have gotten through an ftp site. The files containing geospatial indices, metadata, etc., are listed first, followed by the files. To download in bulk, it is suggested you use a program such as wget (example below). The geospatial index file in shapefile format also has a URL attribute that some GIS programs can use to download files. You can also subset the data, make derived products, and change projection, datum, etc., using the Digital Coast Data Access Viewer (add to cart, the link to bulk download or LAZ fmt will take you here).

The files are in LAZ format, a lossless compressed version of the ASPRS LAS format. The compression and decompression is done with the free and open source 'laszip' program available at https://laszip.org. This is not the same as the more general zip format. Many geospatial programs will read LAZ files natively and decompression is often not necessary. There is a list of software with native support on the laszip site. This data is LAS 1.4 format compressed using laszip in native mode. You'll need laszip version 170330 or higher (or tools compiled with at least that version of laszip) to read it.

There are many download managers you can use to get all the data. An example is the uGet program using the list of URLs in file urllist9492.txt. Several posts on the GeoZone blog provide help with downloading, including:

The total size to download all the files is 8.06 GB. There are 328 LAZ files and the summary class table is:

Class NumberClass NamePoints
3Low Vegetation64350771
4Medium Vegetation57508551
5High Vegetation635220937
7Low Point (noise)635169
17Bridge Deck6005078
18High Noise146034
20Ignored Ground (near breakline)251008

Georeferencing Note

You may find the georeferencing on the files refers to generic NAD83 (EPSG code 4269). All files are in a more recent realization of NAD83 such as NAD83(CORS96), NAD83(HARN), NAD83(NSRS2007), or NAD83(2011).

Cloud Access

This data is now in an AWS S3 bucket at s3://noaa-nos-coastal-lidar-pds/laz/geoid18/9492.

Meta Info

Tile Index: tileindex.zip
Tile Index: dc2020_dc_index.gpkg
Metadata: dc2020_dc_metadata.xml
Metadata: dc2020_dc_metadata.html
URL List: urllist9492.txt



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