The tutorials page is the place to start for learning about the OpenTopography portal and LiDAR data. This collection of relevant tutorials and videos from OpenTopography and other organizations involved in LiDAR data aim to help users build a base of knowledge and better use OpenTopography.

OpenTopography Portal

Video tutorials highlighting the different ways to download point cloud data and data products from OpenTopography:

Visit the OpenTopography Data in ArcGIS YouTube playlist for video tutorials for using data and data products downloaded from OpenTopography in ArcGIS.

Introduction to LiDAR

OpenTopography Documents
Online Training

Tutorial Archive

Some OpenTopography tutorials and training materials are outdated to the current website but still may be relevant to some users.
  • GEON LiDAR Workflow (GLW) Users Guide - (October 2007) This tutorial was written for the pre-OpenTopogaphy version of the LiDAR point cloud system. It is generally accurate but the look of the site as well as some features have changed since the migration to OpenTopography.org.

  • OpenTopography Bulk Download Tutorial - (July 2009) Tutorial on downloading DEM files in bulk. Written for a previous version of the OpenTopography standard DEM (now Raster tab) distribution system where bulk download was not directly provided. Although no longer applicable, the document is preserved here as it is still a helpful overview on using download managers to automate file downloads.