After the basic set up the workshop is divided into three 45 to 90 min sections with a final project at the end.

  1. Introduction to LiDAR

  2. Introduction to PDAL

  3. Software Installation

  4. Getting Started

  5. Manipulation

  6. Generation

  7. Final Project


USB Drive

A companion USB drive containing everything needed to do the workshop without internet connectivity:



A drive image is available for download at

Included in the USB driver are:

  • Installers for QGIS, CloudCompare, and mambaforge.

  • Conda environments for macOS (x86_64 and arm64) and Windows platforms with needed dependencies

  • Copy of PDAL documentation

  • Data needed for examples

  • Collection of cool-lidar datasets