Computer Specification

A guide to what computer you'll need to run LSS

Basically, LSS will run on almost any Windows PC. The following specifications are for guideline purposes only. For example, if you're a land surveyor producing surveys with a few tens of thousands of points in them you'll be fine with the basic spec. If you're using drones or laser scanners to collect data which runs into several hundred million points then clearly you'll need a better computer.

If you've already got LSS then why not try running it on what you've got and see how you get on?

Minimum specification

  • Intel i5 CPU or equivalent
  • 32bit or 64bit Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10
  • No minimum memory or graphics capability - whatever Windows will comfortably run on
  • 200Mb free hard disk space for the program and supporting files
  • 2.5Gb of free disk space for the installation of movie tutorials (optional)
  • 1366x768 resolution screen
  • Spare USB2 port for the connection of the LSS dongle
  • 2-button mouse with wheel
  • Occasional Internet access for program updates

Recommended power-user computer (LSS Vista or Elite, but not LSS Point Clouds)

  • Intel i5 or higher (or equivalent)
  • 64bit Windows 8 or 10
  • 8Gb RAM
  • 2Gb dedicated Graphics card (Intel HD Graphics will do the trick, but a dedicated card is better if you're doing 3D flythroughs)
  • HD screen (1920x1080)
  • 500Gb HDD (the LSS program only takes up about 100Mb, but you'll need space for your data)
  • Spare USB2 port for the connection of the LSS dongle
  • 2-button mouse with wheel
  • Occasional Internet access for program updates

Minimum computer for Point Cloud use

  • Intel i5 or equivalent
  • 64bit Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • 8Gb RAM
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics (Open GL 4.0 or later - most 2011yr or newer computers should be okay)
  • Download free Realtech GLview application to check graphics capability http://www.realtech-vr.com/glview/download.php
  • 500Gb HDD (this is more driven by the amount of data you want to keep on your computer, rather than LSS itself)
  • Single HD Screen (1920x1080) or 1366x768 with second monitor 1280x1024 or higher
  • Spare USB2 port for the connection of the LSS dongle
  • 2-button mouse with wheel
  • Occasional Internet access for program updates

Future-proofed top-end workstation computer for Point Cloud use

  • Intel i7 or equivalent
  • 64bit Windows 8 or 10
  • 32Gb RAM
  • 6 or 8Gb 3D Graphics card (Open GL 4.0 or later)
  • Download free Realtech GLview application to check graphics capability http://www.realtech-vr.com/glview/download.php
  • 1TB SSD
  • Dual HD (1920x1080) screens (60Hz min refresh for external screen)
  • Spare USB2 port for the connection of the LSS dongle
  • 2-button mouse with wheel
  • Occasional Internet access for program updates