LAStools was the recipient of the 2012 Technology Innovation Award for LiDAR processing at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam for LASzip, a free open-source solution for compressing LAS files into LAZ files, which are 5 to 13 times smaller. The tool is used by NOAA, USGS, OpenTopography, Dielmo3D, Fugro, Blom, Riegl, Dewberry, USACE, DNR Minnesota, the Finnish Mapping Authority, and others. “LASzip has become a defacto industry standard for exchanging compressed LiDAR,” said Martin Isenburg, LAStools developer, “saving agencies, companies, and their users many terabytes of disk storage and transmission bandwidth.”

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