QGIS 3.18 is finally here. This will be the first release of QGIS with native support for point cloud data. This work was made possible by generous contributions from the community.
When we announced the campaign in August 2020, the response was overwhelming and within weeks, we managed to reach and then exceed the amount required.
Below is the list of contributors in no particular order:
Mapfly, Ujaval Gandhi from Spatial Thoughts, National Land Survey of Finland, Daniel Löwenborg, BNHR, Imapct GIS, Andreas Neumann, Kanton Solothurn, Switzerland, City of Vevey, Mapping Automation, Service de la géomatique du canton de Neuchâtel, Hans van der Kwast, 3DGeoCloud, Rudaz+Partner AG, Leonard Gouzin, TileDB, Inc.
We wish to also thank the many anonymous contributors who do not appear in this list.
Note: if you have contributed to the campaign but your name does not appear here, you may not have selected the option to be listed in the campaign form. Please contact us if you’d like to be listed.
In addition to financial contributions, we’d like to extend our gratitude to all those who helped spread the word, helped with the testing and provided feedback and sample data.
ept.jsonfile (currently only supporting datasets on the local drive)
Please note that as this is the initial release (with over 10 thousand lines of new code related to point clouds), there may be still some rough edges here and there, or some data may not load or display correctly. In case you encounter any issues with the new functionality, please let us know - do not hesitate to create a new QGIS issue
(Data from Helsinki City)
This has been the start of a larger effort to bring full support for point cloud data into QGIS. We, in collaboration with North Road and Hobu are developing requirements for integrating point cloud data processing and analysis, more data formats, better visualisation, profile tools etc. in future releases of QGIS.
If you’re interested in helping shape those requirements or funding such features, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.