PDAL is Point Data Abstraction Library. It is a C/C++ open source library and applications for translating and processing point cloud data. It is not limited to LiDAR data, although the focus and impetus for many of the tools in the library have their origins in LiDAR.

PDAL Plugin Support

PDAL has been installed with the following plugin support:
  • Reading from/Writing to E57 format files
  • Reading from files in HDF5 format
  • Reading data stored in ESRI I3S format
  • Icebridge
  • OpenSceneGraph
  • LZMA compression/decompression

PDAL Test Data

The PDAL test data has been stored in the PDAL install directory and is defined with the environment variable $PDAL_TEST_DATA

More Information

For more information visit the PDAL website.

Available Versions

These versions of PDAL are available on the BEAR systems (BlueBEAR, BEAR Cloud VMs, and CaStLeS VMs). These will be retained in accordance with our Applications Support and Retention Policy.

Version BEAR Apps Version
2.5.5-foss-2022a 2022a