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Cesium 3D Point Cloud Reader/Writer

Licensing options for this format begin with FME Professional Edition.

The Cesium 3D Point Cloud (CESIUM3DPC) Reader/Writer allows FME to read and write point clouds from FME features into files in the Cesium 3D point cloud (.pnts) format.


Cesium 3D Point Tiles are an open specification for streaming massive heterogeneous 3D geospatial datasets. Cesium uses these tiles to draw its point cloud geometries, potentially alongside vectors, 3D models, terrain, etc.

Point Cloud files are binary-encoded databases, storing a header, followed by rows containing x, y and z components, then followed by color_red, color_green, and color_blue components.

Cesium 3D Point Cloud uses a Cartesian coordinate system.

The data from the .pnts file is read from or written to a point cloud geometry on an FME feature.

Reader Overview

FME considers a single Cesium 3D Point Cloud (.pnts) file to be a dataset. Within each dataset is a single feature type: one point cloud. The feature type contains one or more features, or points in the cloud.

Writer Overview

The Cesium 3D Point Cloud Writer writes an FME point cloud geometry to a .pnts file.

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