Lidar Digimap

The University Library subscribes to Digimap, a digital mapping service that can be used to generate Ordnance Survey (OS), historic, geological, marine, aerial, LIDAR, and environment maps. These can be viewed through your browser, or by downloading mapping data for use in graphics, GIS or CAD software.

In this post we focus on Lidar Digimap.

Uses for Lidar Digimap

LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) enables 3D mapping through the use of laser pulses from above which determine both surface land measurements, and that of buildings and natural features.

These data can be used for research such as flood risk modelling, coastline management, bare earth and surface modelling, archaeology, and cloud modelling.


Screenshot from Digimap Lidar ©EDINA, The University of Edinburgh

Lidar Digimap requires additional software to manipulate the data. You will need specialist software such as AutoCAD, Revit, ArcGIS, or QGIS to open the files.

Digimap help

Assistance with using the Digimap resource can be obtained from a number of locations. Help with using the data can be found on the Digimap help pages and webinar tutorials. Help with using the additional software will be most likely available through your school.

The staff in the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit on level 7 of the library are happy to help. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and can be contacted by email or phone 0141 330 6740.

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