DroneDeploy's Map Engine is here to scale your productivity by offloading the processing, analysis, and sharing of your imagery. This gives you the ability to easily make use of the power, speed, and simplicity of DroneDeploy, regardless of what type of drone or camera you're using.
Once your data is processed, you will be able to make use of all the additional DroneDeploy functionality such as exporting your data, sharing maps, annotations, and analysis.
In order to use Map Engine, your data must meet the following requirements:
- All images should be in JPG format
- All images must have latitude, longitude, and altitude in the GPS EXIF data
- All images should be facing the area of interest
- All images should have significant overlap (more than 70% side and front overlap, 80% for agricultural or homogeneous imagery)
- At least 30 images for reliable map processing.
As with all maps, input images directly affect map quality. Please read our spotlight on improving map quality here.
Considerations and Suggestions
Large datasets: Image Name Duplication
DJI automatically restarts image names after 1,000 images. This means larger flights will be named as DJI_001 from DJI_999, and then back to DJI_001. Images with the same name will be considered duplicates. In order to avoid this, please rename your images prior to combining them into one folder for upload. Some suggested workflows to do so are here: Windows and Mac.
Datasets from Different Dates
We do not recommend uploading data from two different dates due to lighting and environmental factors.
eBee RTK data
SenseFly eBee imagery with embedded RTK is also compatible with DroneDeploy on all Individual, and Enterprise plans. Read more about our compatibility with eBee RTK here.
Post-Processing of Images
Unless you know your editing software will not affect the metadata of your images, use the images directly from your SD card when uploading to DroneDeploy. Mac Users: importing images to iPhoto creates two copies. The image set in "Pictures" has the embedded GPS data, but the images in iPhoto do NOT have GPS information in the EXIF data. Be sure to upload from Pictures in order to meet the data requirements.
How Does it Work?
Using Map Engine is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Fly to capture imagery
- Upload imagery
- Explore maps and models
We do all the hard work of processing and uploading the results. In this guide, we've assumed that you have done #1, will dig deeper into #2, and provide links to #3.
Uploading images if you have flown with the DroneDeploy app:
After you have successfully flown a mission with the DroneDeploy app, the status of the flight template will be updated with a blue
Upload icon to the left of the name of the template. Click on this icon to proceed with the upload process. Take a look at the Steps for Upload section below for a full workaround.
If you are have created a Project, go to the
Upload section at the top of your screen to find the Pending uploads:
What if my flight won't sync?
If your DroneDeploy mission is not showing the Upload button, please proceed to the next step.
Uploading Images to a New Map:
For datasets not captured with the DroneDeploy mobile app, click on the
New Upload icon located in the
Upload section within your Project.
Note: Images captured with DroneDeploy app can also be uploaded using this button.
Steps for Uploading
Selecting either of the two
Upload buttons above will open a dialog explaining more about Map Engine.
Step 1. Select Media Type
For this example, we assume you will be uploading imagery to create a 2D map and 3D Model so we will select
Create a Map or Model:
Step 2. Select Photos
Select Photos button and select all the images you would like to be processed:
Step 3. Image Review and Desection
You will now see where your camera locations are (blue dots), and the current boundary we have selected for you based on the camera locations (the blue outline). Adjusting the area (blue outline) may be necessary in some cases.
You can click on the camera roll to open the Image Review window.
From here, you can view and deselect images that you may want to exclude from processing, such as blurry, overexposed, or underexposed images.
Optional Step 4. Consider selecting Turbo Upload.
You can select the
Advanced drop-down to customize your upload settings.
Notice that in the side panel, you have more information about the map, including the area, estimated time to process, and data size.
The processing time estimates will show the minimum expected time range, and the maximum expected time range, based on historical data. The variance in the times is because the time it takes to stitch a map really does depend on the subject matter (how easy it is to find unique features across all images).
Step 5. Confirm upload.
Once you are happy with your settings, click the
Upload Images button in the center bottom to start the upload process.
Your images will be uploaded and you will see the uploading progress status.
When the upload has successfully completed, the data processing will start automatically and you'll see the following dialogue:
If you now look at your dashboard, you'll see the processing status of your map:
When we've completed the processing, you will be notified via email. Processing the high-quality data can take up to a few hours for a very large job with high-resolution imagery. On average, processing takes about one minute per image.
Step 6. Access Map Via Email
When your map is complete, you will receive an email notification with further instructions.