filters.merge

The merge filter combines input from multiple sources into a single output. In most cases, this happens automatically on output and use of the merge filter is unnecessary. However, there may be special cases where merging points prior to a particular filter or writer is necessary or desirable.

The merge filter will log a warning if its input point sets are based on different spatial references. No checks are made to ensure that points from various sources being merged have similar dimensions or are generally compatible. Notably, dimensions are not initialized when points merged from various sources do not have dimensions in common.

Example 1

This pipeline will create an output file “output.las” that contcatenates the points from “file1”, “file2” and “file3”. Note that the explicit use of the merge filter is unnecessary in this case (removing the merge filter will yield the same result).

{
  "pipeline": [
    "file1",
    "file2",
    "file3",
    {
      "type": "filters.merge"
    },
    "output.las"
  ]
}

Example 2

Here are a pair of unlikely pipelines that show one way in which a merge filter might be used. The first pipeline simply reads the input files “utm1.las”, “utm2.las” and “utm3.las”. Since the points from each input set are carried separately through the pipeline, three files are created as output, “out1.las”, “out2.las” and “out3.las”. “out1.las” contains the points in “utm1.las”. “out2.las” contains the points in “utm2.las” and “out3.las” contains the points in “utm3.las”.

{
  "pipeline": [
    "utm1.las"
    "utm2.las",
    "utm3.las",
    "out#.las"
  ]
}

Here is the same pipeline with a merge filter added. The merge filter will combine the points in its input: “utm1.las” and “utm2.las”. Then the result of the merge filter is passed to the writer along with “utm3.las”. This results in two output files: “out1.las” contains the points from “utm1.las” and “utm2.las”, while “out2.las” contains the points from “utm3.las”.

{
  "pipeline": [
    "utm1.las"
    "utm2.las",
    {
        "type" : "filters.merge"
    },
    "utm3.las",
    "out#.las"
  ]
}