Generate a Physical Data Model in the LDM Modeler

A physical data model (PDM) describes the tables of your database and represents how the actual data is organized and stored in the database. The logical data model (LDM) is then mapped to the PDM and ultimately determines your analytical options when you build insights and dashboards.

To generate the PDM, do the following:

  1. Check the data types in your database.
  2. Generate the PDM.

Check the Data Types in Your Database

Review this section and adjust your database as needed to make sure the columns that you want to include in the PDM have the supported data types assigned.

Columns with an unsupported data type (for example, when the UUID database data type is mapped to the OTHER JDBC data type) are skipped and not included in the PDM. You will get the following warning during the generation of the PDM:

Column <column_name>
Data type <data_type> of column is not supported

Generate the PDM


  1. Open your workspace.

  2. Click the Data tab.

    The LDM Modeler opens in view mode.

  3. Click Edit.

    The LDM Modeler is switched to edit mode. You can see the registered data sources in the left panel.

  4. Click Scan next to the data source that corresponds to your database.

    The scan dialog opens. By default, only tables are selected for scanning.

    Scan Dialog

  5. If you want to also scan the views, select the Views check box under the Scan for section.

  6. Expand the Advanced Settings section, and narrow down the scope of the database objects to scan:

    • If you want to limit the number of tables/views to scan in the database, enter the table/view prefixes. This way, only the tables/views with names containing the prefixes will be scanned. For example, to scan only the tables and views whose names start with gd__, enter gd__ in Table prefix and View prefix.
    • Specify other parameters as needed.

    Scan Dialog

  7. Choose the scan mode.

    • Append to the existing model appends new objects and does not touch the existing objects.

      Use this option if you want to add new objects to the existing PDM or if you want to scan for newly created tables and views in your database without affecting the existing PDM.

    • Update the existing model appends new objects and replaces the existing ones.

    • Replace the existing model replaces the current PDM with the newly scanned PDM. If the current PDM contains tables/views that are no longer in the database, these tables/views are deleted.

  8. De-select the Generate datasets checkbox to prevent automatic generation of datasets for the LDM. You will create the LDM later.

  9. Click Scan.

    The scanning process starts. It scans the physical tables/views in your database so that you can then map the LDM components to the tables and columns in your database through the PDM.

    When the scanning completes, you see a confirmation message.

Once you have the PDM generated, you can either automatically generate the LDM from the stored PDM (using the API or in the LDM Modeler) or create it manually in the LDM Modeler.