Uploading & Managing Levels

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The new Interior view within DroneDeploy equips Construction, Property Management, and Energy customers with the ability to organize their interior Walks and Levels alongside maps and models on multi-level sites within DroneDeploy. 


In this article, we will cover: 



The Level View at a glance: 

A clear view of interior Walks on specific Levels

Organize captures, associated Drawings, and Issues by location on the project site

Compare & Inspect Walks on the same Level over time


Creating new Levels and uploading corresponding Drawings and Walks allows for seamless navigation from maps and models of the site exterior, to ground-based captures across multiple Levels on the building interior.


The new Interior Level view mode is activated by clicking on the Interior tab at the top right of the EXPLORE page. 

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Creating a Level

Levels can be added to a project from the Interior view mode. 

If this is the first time you are accessing the Interior view you will be asked to upload a drawing, which will then prompt you to create a Level. 

  • Click + Upload drawing, and you will be prompted to create and name a Level to which the overlay will be added.

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Once the Level has been named, click Add Level.

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Uploading a Drawing to a Level

You will then be prompted to upload your first Interior drawing. Select your Drawing and start the upload! 


Note: You can upload drawings directly from your projects in Procore, Autodesk BIM 360, or PlanGrid into DroneDeploy.

Multiple overlays can be added to a level (think HVAC or MEP plans in addition to architectural), but at least one floor plan must be uploaded before Walks can be added to the Level.


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Drawing Alignment (Exterior/Interior)

Once your Drawing has been uploaded, you’ll be automatically taken to the alignment screen. Here, you can choose which Level you want to add the Drawing to (it will default to the Level or map you viewed last), and choose your alignment points. 


Step 1: Choose to align it to a overlay/orthomap on the Interior or Exterior. Note: the alignment pins will default to the bottom left and top right of the drawing rather than both pins floating on the top left. If you have a previous overlay uploaded, the alignment pins will match the position of that previous alignment.



Step 2: Place drawing on another overlay or orthomap. Note: If you have a previous overlay uploaded, the alignment pins will match the position of that previous alignment.


Once you have completed the alignment, you'll see a processing notice when the Drawing has been uploaded. This is expected and you will have a low-resolution placeholder available! 


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Setting a Base Floor Plan

Should you upload multiple overlays to a single level, you have the option to choose a "Base Floor Plan", which will be the layer that you will see by default when you drop into that Level. 

To set a Base Floor Plan, open the Overlays tab in the left panel: 

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The current Base Floor Plan will be noted by a grey flag: 

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To update this, choose the target plan, then toggle on "Base Floor Plan": 

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Switching and Managing Levels

Once a Level has been added to your project, a Level selector will appear at the top next to the Interior tab. 

You can navigate to any Level within a project and view the media types uploaded to each Level. 


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Use the Manage Levels button to reorder, delete, and edit your Levels! 

Note: Admins and editors in DroneDeploy can edit Level names, reorder Levels, or delete them at any time via the Manage Levels modal.

Deleting a level will not delete the data on that level -  Drawings, Walks, Media, and associated Issues will return to the Exterior Map view. 


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Adding Media to Levels

We allow Walks, Panos, Photos, and Videos to be uploaded on any Level.


From the Level select Upload next to Media in the left-side panel. From there you will be directed to the Smart Uploader where you can upload your media. 


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Walks can be added to a Level during upload as part of the alignment step or after upload with the steps below: 

  • Select the Walk layer on the left-side panel and click the three dots to the right of the name. Choose ‘Edit Location’. This will take to to the alignment page, where you can choose the level that you’d like to move your Walk to. 
  • After hitting ‘Done’, you will be taken to the new Level the Walk has been added to, and any associated Issues will be moved to the Level as well.


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Creating Folders for Levels

Enables users to organize their levels into folders.


For example, in a multi-building site, users can utilize folders to categorize levels according to each building. For instance, creating a folder for "Building A" and another for "Building B."


How to:

Select "New Folder" button to create a folder and type out the name you will title this folder

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 Once completed simply select "Save" and the new folder will be created showing a green prompt in the bottom left corner of this being completed successfully:

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Congratulations - Your new folder has now been created to organize your levels!



I have existing Walks in DroneDeploy - how can I use Levels? Existing Walks can be migrated to Levels without needing to re-upload. Selecting ‘Edit Location’ from the sidebar will take you to the Alignment page, where a Level can be selected


Will an existing Drawing be added to a Level? No, at this time you will need to re-upload the existing Drawing in order to add it to the new Level.


Can multiple Walks be added to the same Level? Yes, customers can add as many Walks as they’d like to a Drawing on a Level. 


Can multiple Drawings be added to a Level? Yes - customers have shared that it may be valuable to have both architectural plan/demo drawing for a level available for reference.


What if my Walk covers multiple levels? Best practices for processing and visualization of Walks within DroneDeploy, is to keep capture limited to one Level. A workaround for this case is to reflect the capture area in the chosen Level name, and include Drawings from all areas walked on the Level.


What if my project has multiple buildings? Levels are our first introduction of grouping in DroneDeploy, and we’ve optimized for single buildings that are multi-level with this release. That being said, customers have flexibility in their Level naming and in what floor plans they add. We anticipate some users may use ‘Phases’ or ‘Buildings’ to organize their Walks within the Levels structure.

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