PDAL - Point Data Abstraction Library

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PDAL is a C++ BSD library for translating and manipulating point cloud data. It is very much like the GDAL library which handles raster and vector data. See Readers and Writers for data formats PDAL supports, and see Filters for filtering operations that you can apply with PDAL.

In addition to the library code, PDAL provides a suite of command-line applications that users can conveniently use to process, filter, translate, and query point cloud data. See Applications for more information.

The entire website is available as a single PDF at http://pdal.io/PDAL.pdf



See Howard Butler and Brad Chambers give PDAL talks at FOSS4GNA 2016 in Raleigh, NC May 2-5. Howard will be presenting Point cloud web services with Greyhound, Entwine, and PDAL, and Brad will be presenting Filtering point clouds with PDAL and PCL.


Catch up with Brad and Howard to get a PDAL sticker.


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