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Change LAS Class Codes

Summary

Reassigns the classification codes and flags of LAS files.

Usage

  • All LAS files referenced by the LAS dataset will be evaluated by this tool, but only the files that contain the provided class codes will be modified.

  • Consider using this tool to update the classification of data points in LAS files generated prior to the introduction of standardized class codes in the LAS 1.1 specifications.

  • The LAS format supports the classification of each point based on the specifications defined by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The ArcGIS platform applies the classification scheme specified for LAS file version 1.4:

    Classification Value Classification Type

    0

    Never Classified

    1

    Unassigned

    2

    Ground

    3

    Low Vegetation

    4

    Medium Vegetation

    5

    High Vegetation

    6

    Building

    7

    Low Noise

    8

    Model Key / Reserved

    9

    Water

    10

    Rail

    11

    Road Surface

    12

    Overlap / Reserved

    13

    Wire – Guard

    14

    Wire – Conductor

    15

    Transmission Tower

    16

    Wire – Connector

    17

    Bridge Deck

    18

    High Noise

    19 – 63

    Reserved for ASPRS Definition (LAS 1.1 to 1.3 support up to class code 31)

    32 – 255

    User Definable (Only supported in LAS 1.0 and certain versions of 1.4)

Syntax

ChangeLasClassCodes_3d (in_las_dataset, class_codes, {compute_stats}, {extent}, boundary, {process_entire_files})
ParameterExplanationData Type
in_las_dataset

The LAS dataset to process.

LAS Dataset Layer
class_codes
[[current_class, new_class],...]

Specify each pair of current and new class code values as a space-delimited string or a list of integers. For example, a current class code of 5 can be changed to 2 by specifying "5 2" or [5, 2]. Multiple class codes can be entered as a semicolon-delimited string ("5 2; 8 3; 1 4"), a list of strings (for example, [[5, 2], [8, 3], [1, 4]]).

Value Table
compute_stats
(Optional)

Specifies whether statistics should be computed for the LAS files referenced by the LAS dataset. The presence of statistics allows the LAS dataset layer's filtering and symbology options to only show LAS attribute values that exist in the LAS files.

  • COMPUTE_STATSStatistics will be computed.
  • NO_COMPUTE_STATSStatistics will not be computed. This is the default.
Boolean
extent
(Optional)

Specifies the extent of the data that will be evaluated by this tool.

Extent
boundary

A polygon feature that defines the area of interest that will be processed by this tool.

Feature Layer
process_entire_files
(Optional)

Specifies how the processing extent is applied.

  • PROCESS_EXTENTOnly LAS points that intersect the area of interest will be processed. This is the default.
  • PROCESS_ENTIRE_FILESIf any portion of a LAS file intersects the area of interest, all the points in that LAS file, including those outside the area of interest, will be processed.
Boolean

Code sample

ChangeLasClassCodes example 1 (Python window)

The following sample demonstrates the use of this tool in the Python window.

arcpy.env.workspace = 'C:/data'
arcpy.ChangeLasClassCodes_3d('test.lasd', [[5, 2], [3, 1], [4, 6]],
                           'COMPUTE_STATS')
ChangeLasClassCodes example 2 (stand-alone script)

The following sample demonstrates the use of this tool in a stand-alone Python script.

'''****************************************************************************
Name: Update LAS 1.0 Classification to ASPRS 1.1 Specs
Description: Updates classification of version 1.0 LAS files to conform to
             the standardized class codes introduced in the 1.1 specifications.
             The code is designed for use as a script tool.
****************************************************************************'''
# Import system modules
import arcpy

# Set Local Variables
inLas = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(0)
recursion = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(1)
lasd = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(2)
reclassList = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(3) #List of values '<oldCode> <newCode>'
calcStats = arcpy.GetParameter(4)

# Execute CreateLasDataset
arcpy.management.CreateLasDataset(inLas, lasd, recursion)
# Execute ChangeLasClassCodes
arcpy.ddd.ChangeLasClassCodes(lasd, reclassList, calcStats)

Licensing information

  • ArcGIS Desktop Basic: Requires 3D Analyst
  • ArcGIS Desktop Standard: Requires 3D Analyst
  • ArcGIS Desktop Advanced: Requires 3D Analyst

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