MARS® Software

The Merrick Advanced Remote Sensing (MARS®) software suite is a comprehensive, production-grade, stand-alone Windows application designed to visualize, manage, process and analyze LiDAR point cloud data.

The MARS® software suite is designed for 64-bit Windows operating systems and provides powerful LiDAR filtering, editing, and data management functions.

MARS® Product Sheet


QC Module
  • Improved automated testing and reporting of LAS v1.4 file classification and attribute information, to check for file integrity and compliance with the USGS NGP Lidar Base Specification Version 1.2
LAS version 1.4 handling
  • Complete processing and display support for LAS v1.4 files
Application Improvements
  • Significant performance improvements in point/TIN rendering, panning, and zooming
  • New tools for testing and editing the ‘System Identifier’ field in the header block of LAS files
  • Many bug fixes to improve performance and stability


  • MARS® FreeView
    Free viewing application supports basic LiDAR data navigation and 3D visualization – the perfect tool for casual users. No license required!
  • MARS® Explorer Evaluation
    Free 30-day trial version featuring data import/export capabilities and automated data production functions. LAS file size limitation of 300 MB.
  • MARS® Explorer
    Robust commercial version of the MARS® software suite featuring LiDAR data classification, multi-thread processing and enhanced visualization capabilities.
  • MARS® Explorer QC
    Includes all the functionality of MARS® Explorer plus Merrick’s automated LiDAR quality control (QC) module.  The module generates detailed and summary QC reports that save significant time & money!
  • MARS® Production
    Production-grade version of the MARS® software suite that includes all the functionality of MARS® Explorer QC, plus breakline compilation and editing capability, advanced production-level tools, and unlimited number of threads for multi-threading operations.

Application Features

  • Unlimited data loading capacity for airborne, terrestrial & mobile LiDAR datasets
  • Supports loading of LiDAR (LAS), imagery (RGB, CIR, hyperspectral, thermal) and GIS vectors
  • Batch production of digital surface models and elevation contours
  • Automated LiDAR quality control module with support for multi-channel sensor data
  • Provides support for WMS imagery (ex. Bing Maps)
  • Automated & manual LiDAR filtering tools
  • Allows multi-thread data processing to maximize performance of PC hardware
  • 3D coordinate transformation support for LAS files (horizontal and vertical)
  • 31 LiDAR data filtering algorithms and 21 data export formats

Software Download

Current Version: 2017.2
Release Date:
September 15, 2017

MARS® Release Notes

Note - this installer can be used for both new and upgrade installations. A follow-up email will be sent with FreeView and Explorer Evaluation  instructions, which can be disregarded by those on permanent licensing.


TEL: +1 303-353-3715

(Latin America)
Magdalena García Rendón
TEL: +52 55-5255-8123 ext. 102