PGIS7 : Point Cloud data processing, with PostGIS


This training session is dedicated to the manipulation and exploitation of huge cloud point data, such as data coming from LIDAR or information coming from mobile sensors (smartphones, transponders..)

The PDAL project and the PostgreSQL/PostGIS PointCloud extension are nowadays mature solutions to deal efficiently with point cloud data. This training session will allow you to discover these tools and use them to answer your point data processing needs.


The course will give you the following skills :

  • Know to import and export point cloud data
  • Be able to use point cloud data processing features
  • Know the performance issues regarding point cloud data


2 days


Good level in PostgreSQL
At least basic knowledge of PostGIS ( See PGIS1 : PostGIS Level 1 )


This program is indicative. It could be adapted to your specific needs.

  • Point cloud data types
    • Data types presentation
    • Point cloud data formats
  • Usage contexts of Point Cloud data
    • LIDAR
    • Mobility
    • Volumetry
  • PDAL : library and tools
    • Presentation
    • Using PDAL for data import/export
    • Filters
  • PostgreSQL PointCloud
    • Presentation
    • Installing PointCloud
    • Data import
    • Using PointCloud and PostGIS together
    • Data visualization
  • Data processing with PointCloud
    • Point Cloud data processing
    • Point Cloud and PostGIS vector data processing
    • Point Cloud and PostGIS raster data processing
  • Advanced usage of PointCloud
    • Storage format
    • Compression
    • Schemas
  • Data export
  • Performance issues
  • Conclusion and future developments


Point Cloud

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