I have multiple point data with lat, long, and elevation. I want to create a 3D buffer on one set of points and check for intersection another set of points. I am using Qgs2threejs for visualization. How can we do this in QGIS?

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    By 3D buffer did you mean a spherical buffer or a "flat buffer" where each vertices has the same z value as the point ? Also are you sure you need buffer, Qgs2threejs let you visualise point as sphere, cylinder or other shape (the radius/size could be fixed or expression based)
    – J.R
    Oct 14, 2022 at 16:35
  • I want to create a spherical buffer on all points. I understand that 3D buffer is not available in QGIS. But do we have any python package which allows us to create such buffer? Oct 17, 2022 at 6:22

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While I am not aware of a plugin which creates spheres (even if it should not be too difficoult to write), I would suggest you investigate a different, possibly more elegant route.

Instead of creating a 3D buffer around your points just to check if these buffers contain/intersect a(nother?) set of points, you could use ST_3DDWithin, a PostgreSQL/PostGIS function.



ST_3DDWithin(geometry g1, geometry g2, double precision distance_of_srid);

Or maybe ST_3DDFullyWithin if you want to check geometries which are more complex than the basic 3D points.

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