Supported data formats

This page contains a list of supported data formats within OPALS.

General remarks

The following abbreviations are used to indicate the file access type:

  • ro: read only
  • rw: read/write

Supported vector formats

  • LAS (rw): ASPRS LAS file format
  • SHP (rw): ESRI shape file format *)
  • WNP (rw): SCOP Winput (ASCII)
  • BWNP (rw): Binary SCOP Winput
  • XYZ (rw): X-Y-Z data (ASCII)
  • BXYZ (rw): Binary X-Y-Z
  • SDW (rw): Riegl Sample Data World file format
  • FWF (rw): Full-waveform data format (I.P.F.)

*) Please note, that ESRI shape file output is only available in Module Bounds and Module TIN at the moment.

Vector formats that support storage of TIN topology

  • REB (rw): Regelungen für die elektronische Bauabrechnung. Limited to 3 decimal places and coordinates smaller than 107 (10 Mio.)
  • UCD (w): Unstructured Cell Data is commonly used in structural analysis and computational fluid dynamics. Defined by Advanced Visual Systems Inc. (AVS)
  • TIN (rw): OPALS binary format for TIN storage

Supported grid/raster formats

Reading and writing of grid/raster data is performed using the GDAL (GeoData Abstraction Library). The following list is a subset of all GDAL supported data formats currently tested for OPALS.

  • GTiff (rw): GeoTIFF
  • SCOP (rw): SCOP DTM (.dtm)
  • AAIGrid (rw): Arc/Info ASCII Grid
  • USGSDEM (rw): USGS Optional ASCII DEM (and CDED)
  • SDTS (ro): SDTS Raster
  • DTED (rw): DTED Elevation Raster
  • ENVI (rw): ENVI .hdr Labelled
  • EHdr (rw): ESRI .hdr Labelled
  • NITF (rw): National Imagery Transmission Format
  • HFA (rw): Erdas Imagine Images (.img)
  • EIR (ro): Erdas Imagine Raw
  • AIG (ro): Arc/Info Binary Grid
  • JDEM (ro): Japanese DEM (.mem)
  • CEOS (ro): CEOS Image
  • PNG (rw): Portable Network Graphics
  • JPEG (rw): JPEG JFIF
  • GIF (rw): Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)
  • XPM (rw): X11 PixMap Format
  • BMP (rw): MS Windows Device Independent Bitmap
  • GenBin (ro): Generic Binary (.hdr Labelled)

Raster formats for visualization

Please note that visualization modules like Module ZColor or Module Shade only support a subset of the supported raster formats commonly used in image processing programs:

  • GTiff (rw): GeoTIFF
  • PNG (rw): Portable Network Graphics
  • JPEG (rw): JPEG JFIF
  • GIF (rw): Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)
  • XPM (rw): X11 PixMap Format
  • BMP (rw): MS Windows Device Independent Bitmap