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Visualize a Spatial Dataset on SAP HANA Database in SAP HANA Cloud

Learn how to upload and visualize spatial data on a base map with QGIS and SAP HANA database in SAP HANA Cloud.
You will learn
  • How to upload a spatial dataset to SAP HANA database in SAP HANA Cloud
  • How to add a base map to QGIS project
  • How to add vector data to base map
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July 20, 2021


  • Ensure that your SAP HANA database instance within your SAP HANA Cloud trial account is running before you proceed.
  • You have connected QGIS to your SAP HANA database in SAP HANA Cloud. If not, we recommend you complete the tutorial Connect QGIS to SAP HANA database in SAP HANA Cloud.

This tutorial group will comprise of the following tasks:

  1. Install SAP HANA ODBC Driver

  2. Install QGIS

  3. Connect QGIS to SAP HANA database in SAP HANA Cloud

  4. Upload your first spatial dataset

  5. Visualize data on a base map

  6. Pushing down Spatial Workload to SAP HANA database in SAP HANA Cloud

This tutorial will cover the tasks four and five of this list.

What have you achieved so far? You have created an SAP HANA database within the SAP HANA Cloud trial and connected it to QGIS via ODBC. Currently, this database does not contain spatial data. We will change this in the next steps. The good news is that you do not need any database tooling to upload your first dataset. You will simply use QGIS.

  • Step 1

    As suggested in this blog shown above, you can use the OpenStreetMap data provided by Geofabrik. Let’s start by looking at the point of interest data in the area of SAP’s Headquarter in Waldorf, Germany.

    Download the Shapefile ( for the Regierungsbezirk Karlsruhe. You can think of a Shapefile being a file-based database for geospatial data. Learn more about Shapefile from here.

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  • Step 2
    1. Open QGIS and locate the downloaded file (do not unzip!) in the browser on the left side.

    2. The file can be further expanded in the browser. Do this and locate the layer called gis_osm_pois_free_1.

    3. Locate your database connection in the browser and expand it twice, so that you can see the schema. If you followed the steps above, the schema will be called DBADMIN.

    4. And here comes the magic: Drag and Drop the gis_osm_pois_free_1 layer onto your DBADMIN schema.

    5. You have successfully imported your first spatial dataset into your SAP HANA database within the SAP HANA Cloud trial!

    6. If you need confirmation, you can open the SAP HANA Database Explorer or DBeaver and check for the table that has been created.

      Upload to QGIS
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  • Step 3

    We now have stored points of interest (POI’s) with its coordinates in our database. This kind of data (i.e. points, lines, polygons, etc.) given by coordinates is called vector data. The vector data can be printed onto a map or even satellite image (which is considered raster data).

    So, we need to add two different layers to our QGIS project:

    1. A base map (e.g. street map or satellite image)
    2. The data plotted onto this map (vector data that is managed by SAP HANA Cloud)

    Follow these steps to add a base map to QGIS project:

    1. In the browser, left click on XYZ Tiles and choose New Connection.

      New Connection QGIS
    2. A dialog for a new tile service opens.

    3. Enter Google Maps Satellite as a name.

    4. Enter{x}&y={y}&z={z} as a URL.

    5. Set the Max. Zoom Level to 19.

    6. Confirm with OK.

    7. Locate Google Satellite in the browser under XYZ Tiles.

    8. Double-click on Google Maps Satellite to add the base layer with satellite imagery.

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  • Step 4

    Follow the steps to add all the fountains around the SAP Headquarter:

    1. Locate the dataset that we have previously uploaded to SAP HANA in the browser. In this example, this is the path SAP HANA > hctrial > DBADMIN > gis_osm_pois_free_1.

      Vector Data QGIS
    2. Double-click on gis_osm_pois_free_1 to add another layer on top of the base map.

    3. In the list of visible layers at the left bottom, right-click on the newly added layer and choose Zoom to Layer(s). This will determine the bounding box of the respective data and zoom the map correspondingly.

    4. We now see all POI’s of the Karlsruhe region on the map. Let’s filter out only the fountains. Right-click again on the layer and choose Filter.

    5. On the dialog that opens, select fclass = fountain as the Filter Expression.

    6. Confirm with OK.

    7. Zoom in to the SAP Headquarter. You will see two fountains – the one in the East being the fountain in front of Building 3. Take some time to look around, as this is an exploration.

    8. On the top bar of the window, choose the Identify Features tool. Your cursor will change and include a small information icon when hovering over the map.

    9. Click on the point of the fountain and you will see the corresponding record in the database on the right-hand side.

    You now know how to visualize data from SAP HANA in QGIS. If you like, you can play a bit with the filters and change the base map.

    You have completed the second tutorial of this tutorial group. In the next tutorial, learn how to push down Spatial Workload to SAP HANA database in SAP HANA Cloud.

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  • Step 5

    Using Filter option you can choose POIs in the base map to show only fountains by selecting the Filter expression "______"= "fountain".

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