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    How do I use LIDAR data / I can't open the LIDAR files I download?


    LIDAR data is a technical dataset and will need specialist Geographic Information System (GIS) software in order to open it.

    If you do not already have GIS software then you may wish to consider using QGIS, which is free to download and there is plenty of documentation available on the internet -https://www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html

    More information can be found in these external links:

    More information including useful links to blogs on how to use LIDAR data can be found here:


    If you just wish to view images of the data, you can do this via the “preview on map” feature for each composite layer at https://data.gov.uk/search?q=LIDAR+Composite 


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      Peter Roberts

      I have clicked on the link to just view the data, then tried every link on the subsequent page(s) but I still can't view the data. Also tried using polygon and downloading etc, but couldn't get that to work. I am usually OK with this kind of stuff. Do you have any chat or helpline?

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      Ella Fotheringham

      Hi Peter,
      Thanks for your question ,apologies for the delay in responding,if you are still experiencing issues please submit your question using the "report an issue" form and a member of the technical team will be able to assist you.