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Webinar: Processing and analysis of Point Clouds (LAS Files) from Lidar and Drones with PDAL, Python and QGIS, August 13


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Lidar, drones and other 3D scanner technologies produce set of data point in space called point clouds. Applications of point cloud technology are diverse and range from topography, 3D CAD modeling to hydrogeology and environmental studies.

However, traditional GIS tools haven’t been able to work successfully with point clouds, since point clouds are too dense to be represented as points, and the analysis or interpolation from point clouds in GIS requires great amount of computer resources. There other tools specifically designed for point cloud processing like the Point Data Abstraction Library (PDAL) that is a project supported by OSGeo for point cloud data transformation.

This webinar has the intention to introduce you to point clouds produced by LIDAR and drone imagery on LAS and PLY format and the main features of the PDAL library on a practical exercise over two point cloud dataset.


The webinar has the following info:

  • Introduction to PDAL

  • Review of Readers and Writers

  • Implementation of Pipelines

  • From a LIDAR LAS file:

    • Get LAS info and metadata

    • Translate to txt

    • Export to Geojson

  • From drone imagery LAS files processed with OpenDroneMap:

    • Translation from PLY3D Mesh to LAS

    • LAS coordinate system reprojection

    • Review of LAS system of coordinates

    • LAS transformation to DEM on TIF format

    • Clip LAS to shapefile

    • Representation of point cloud in QGIS

Date and time

August 13, 2019 at 11 am. Lima Time (GMT -5)

Estimated duration: 1h 45m.

Registration will be available till August 9.


This webinar is intended for any audience related to the topic. The workshop has no cost. However, participants are required to sent the screenshot as described on the this video to . A confirmation email will be sent.

Anaconda distribution:

Conda command: conda install -c conda-forge pdal

Input files:

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