Data Export Formats

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DroneDeploy allows you to export your data quickly from the cloud to your desktop for integration with third-party software.

 

Part of putting your drone to work is having the right data for analysis. Below is a list of DroneDeploy data exports. Please take a look at our Exporting your data guide for directions on downloading the data.

To locate the exports available for your project, head to Export in the bottom left corner of the Explore page:

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File Format Notes
JPG
(RGB Image)
Available for all 2D layers: 2D Map, Elevation, Digital Terrain Model and Plant Health.

Includes a .KML file and a .TWF file with the georeferenced metadata.

Easy to share through any standard image software such as Windows Photo Viewer or Preview. Print or use within presentations.

Available in our Lite, Individual, and Enterprise subscriptions.
GeoTIFF
(RGB Image)
Available for all 2D layers: 2D Map, Elevation, Digital Terrain Model and Plant Health.

Includes a .TWF file with the georeferenced metadata.

Includes a .KML file is when using the Web Mercator Projection.

File format suited for 2D analysis in GIS software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.

* Available in our Lite, Individual, and Enterprise subscriptions.
GeoTIFF
(Raw Elevation Values - DEM)
Available for Elevation and Digital Terrain Model exports.

One-band GeoTIFF file with embedded elevation values.

File format suited for 2D analysis in GIS software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.

Only available in our Individual, and Enterprise subscriptions.
DXF/SHP
(Contour files)
Available for Elevation and Digital Terrain Model exports.

Georeferenced lines of equal elevation according to the chosen interval. See Contours.

For use in AutoDesk suite and Mining/Construction software.

Only available in our Individual, and Enterprise subscriptions.
Shapefile

Available for Plant Health exports.

Plant health data stored as a set of shapes (polygons) with a default resolution of ~10m x 10m (size depends on latitude). 

* Only available in our Individual, and Enterprise subscriptions.
OBJ
(3D Model)

Digital Model. .obj surface with .jpg texture files model.

Not georeferenced: defined in a model-local coordinate system.

Includes 3 file types when exported from DroneDeploy: 

1. .obj - the 3D geometry

2. .mtl - information on material

3. .jpg - texture/color information used by the material


* Available in our Lite, Individual, and Enterprise subscriptions.

LAS
(Point Cloud)
.las point cloud.

Can be used in AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Global Mapper, Applied Imagery, or similar software.

* Only available in our Individual, and Enterprise subscriptions.
XYZ
(Point Cloud)
.xyz point cloud that contains RGB information (XYZRGB). Resolution is specifiable.

Most common file format accepted across Construction/Mining software formats.

* Only available in our Individual, and Enterprise subscriptions.
PDF Export Available in our application natively.

Able to export a PDF of 2D, Elevation, Digital Terrain Model and Plant Health layers.

*Available on all paid subscriptions.
RCP File Export AutoCad Specific File

Only Available for our Enterprise Subscribers.

*Easily import your export into AutoCAD
Source Imagery
(ZIP)
Zip file containing the processed map’s source imagery

Available to Enterprise Only

*Can be combined with auto exports and supported integrations

 

Have you recently upgraded your DroneDeploy subscription?
If you have recently upgraded your DroneDeploy subscription, your maps will likely not have the export formats available to your new subscription tier automatically. Please reach out to support@dronedeploy.com for reprocessing any maps that need upgraded export file formats.

 

Export your Map projections

By default, most exports are generated using the Web Mercator projection (EPSG: 3857). This is great for importing into web mapping systems such as Google Earth or Mapbox.

We also make exports available in the most common global spherical coordinate system: WGS84 (EPSG: 4326). This coordinate system is commonly used for more traditional "desktop" mapping tools.

If you require a custom EPSG code such as State Plane Coordinate System or Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM), contact our support team to inquire about our Individual and Enterprise accounts with custom EPSG support. Support@dronedeploy.com

Choosing between WGS84 and Web Mercator
When you specify Web Mercator, your export is projected in WGS84 EPSG: 3857. This is a version of WGS84 (EPSG: 4326) that is optimized for web viewing. If you'd like to view your files on your website, Google Earth, or something similar, choose this option. If you're using the files in ArcGIS or something similar, choose WGS84.
Exporting Contours in Correct Intervals
When exporting contours users should use the appropriate EPSG code associated with the units they want their data in. For example, if the EPSG code's vertical units are in meters, one should export in meters. Likewise, if the EPSG code's units are in feet the user should export contours in feet. Not doing so may result in exports with the incorrect contour units. To change the units to meters or feet you can change the units on your account through "Preferences". To find out the correct unit type for your epsg code you can visit https://spatialreference.org/ref/epsg/ or http://epsg.io/

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