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Drone2Map version 2.1 is now available.  Current users can view “About” in the main menu on the left side of the screen to verify your version, and download a new version if necessary.  You can also download from My Esri.

 

 

What’s new in Drone2Map for ArcGIS version 2.1? 

In this release we continue to improve the user experience in many areas of the workflow.

 

Camera Model Editor

  • Esri maintains an internal camera database which is updated along with Drone2Map several times per year. In addition to the internal camera database, Drone2Map also has a user camera database. With the Camera Model Editor, users are now able to edit existing cameras from the internal camera database and store the modified camera models in the user camera database.

  • An important use case supported by this capability is to provide support for high quality metric cameras, where the photogrammetric lens parameters such as focal length, principal point and distortion are stable and known. Since Drone2Map supports consumer cameras, these parameters may (by default) be adjusted during processing. For metric cameras, the Camera Model Editor allows users to input known, high accuracy parameters when applicable and maintain those values throughout processing.

  • Additionally, when a successful project has been processed and you are happy with the results, the .d2mx file from that project may be imported into the camera model editor of a new project and those optimized camera parameters from the imported project will be stored in the user camera database and allow those parameters to be used in future processing jobs. This helps to standardize results and reduce processing times.

 

Control Updates

  • In this release there is an improved user experience for managing control using the Control Manager.  Users can view properties of each control point, filter based on the type of control, and launch the links editor, all with a few button clicks.
  • Some geographic features, such as water, can be difficult to generate sufficient tie points and successfully match those tie points using automated algorithms. Now users can create and link manual tie points to images to successfully process imagery in geographic areas that previously caused problems.

  • Linking control to your images can be a time-consuming process. At Drone2Map 2.1, we have introduced assisted image links. This workflow requires initial processing to be run, and after you enter one link, the software is able to automatically find your control markers in subsequent images and provide visual feedback as to the accuracy of that link. Once satisfied with the positioning of the control to the images, simply click Auto Link and Drone2Map will link the verified control for you.

 

 

Share DEM as Elevation Layer

  • Drone2Map users are now able to publish their own custom surfaces on ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Portal for either an ortho reference DTM or top surface DSM. These surfaces can be used in 3D web scenes to ensure accurate height values for point clouds and meshes generated by Drone2Map.

 

 

Add custom DEM into the Drone2Map project

  • Users may add their own elevation surface into the project (on top of the default World Terrain surface), to ensure that any 3D views incorporate the authoritative elevation surface.  This can be very useful in project areas that are captured on multiple dates (e.g. agriculture) and/or where an accurate input terrain is important (e.g. an airport, construction site, or a site with material stockpiles).

  • In addition, if ground control points are subsequently extracted from the map, the Z values are provided by the custom elevation surface. This is important to ensure date-to-date consistency for sites that are captured repeatedly and analyzed over time.

 

Elevation Profile and Spectral Profile for additional analytical capabilities

  • Users are now able to generate cross-sectional elevation profiles in any Drone2Map projects that are processed to create output surfaces (DSM and/or DTM).

                                Imagery provided by GeoCue Group, Inc.                                                                

 

  • For users with multispectral cameras, Drone2Map also allows extraction of spectral profiles (defined by point samples, linear transects, or 2D areas of interest) to support detailed analysis of vegetation or other landcover surface types.

 

 

Colorized Indices

  • Indices created from multispectral imagery products are now colorized by default.

 

New Inspection Template

  • The inspection template has been added to all users who wish to create projects that are focused on inspecting, annotating, and sharing raw drone images.

 

Browse performance improvements

  • Performance has been improved when browsing folders and files on disk.

Exif reader improvements

  • The performance of reading and extracting Exif data from drone images has improved to significantly reduce the amount of time required to create a project.

Licensing Changes

  • Drone2Map for ArcGIS 2.1 is a “premium app” which is a for-fee add-on to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise.

 

Full release notes for Drone2Map 2.1 are available here

Esri business partner 3DR has released a free app for iOS that interfaces with ArcGIS Online, allowing Esri users to view GIS content from ArcGIS Online to assist with the drone flight planning. 

 

Flight Plan on top of prior Drone2Map orthomosaic

 

The Site Scan - Limited Edition app (formerly called "Site Scan - Esri Edition") provides mission planning and flight control for a number of leading drones to optimize drone collections for use in Drone2Map or Ortho Mapping in ArcGIS Pro.  This release is compatible with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI M200, DJI M210, DJI Inspire 2, DJI Mavic Pro, or Yuneec H520-G, as well as the 3DR Solo.

 

The Site Scan - Limited Edition app allows users to take advantage of substantial amounts of publicly accessible data, as well as custom data layers from the user’s ArcGIS Online account, as base and reference data for mission planning.

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Site Scan - Limited Edition is free to everyone with an ArcGIS Online account. The app is available on iTunes at http://esriurl.com/SSEE, and will be available soon in the Esri Marketplace.   

 

Try it out! 

 

Support for Site Scan - Limited Edition is provided by 3DR at https://3dr.com/support/

Drone2Map for ArcGIS version 1.3.2 has been released today and is available for immediate download by all current and future users.  For users connecting to ArcGIS Online, download and install the new version directly from the software, or download from http://www.esri.com/drone2map.  All users, including those typically working in offline mode, are encouraged to download this new version.  

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This release of Drone2Map for ArcGIS is primarily focused on the following enhancements and bug fixes:

 

Enhancements

  • Volumetric calculations can now be shared to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise through the share as feature layer tool.

Publish volumetric measurements in your ArcGIS Online account

  • Decimal values in the contour interval field are now supported in all available language systems.

 

Fixes

  • Always have success when creating orthomosaics. Additional camera models have been added to our camera database to greatly improve camera search options so that your orthomosaic gets completed.
  • Vector basemap users will no longer experience project creation issues with the vector basemaps in their default basemap gallery.
  • With improved camera support, the creation of NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index) layers will no longer be an issue (for appropriate multispectral cameras).
  • You can now see spectral band metadata when viewing output data products in ArcGIS Pro.
  • Users with the Dansk regional language pack will now have correct image altitudes for more than one layer.

 

Try the new version, and please let us know what you think!  Drone2Map@esri.com 

 

Cody Benkelman

Drone2Map for ArcGIS Product Manager

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Drone2Map for ArcGIS version 1.3.1 is available for download from the ArcGIS Marketplace and the Drone2Map for ArcGIS Help Site.

 

Version 1.3.1 is an important maintenance and quality release that also includes feature enhancements.  Here are some of the highlights:

 

Classified Point Clouds – Point clouds will now be classified so that points include class codes (for Ground, Vegetation, Building, and Road Surface, as applicable).  A classified point cloud improves visualization as well as analysis when working with the 3D points in LAS or zLAS format.

Ground Control Point (GCP) Viewing – Users can now view GCP photo attachments from file geodatabases as well as hosted feature layers, improving the speed and accuracy of working with GCPs.

Improved Textured Mesh Creation – Better-quality 3D datasets are made possible with the addition of improved capabilities for creating textured meshes.

Additional Camera Support Included – Improved support of imagery from thermal infrared (DJI Zenmuse XT FLIR) and multispectral cameras (Sequoia, Sentera, Micasense) enables greater usage of drone imagery for users in utilities, natural resources, and other markets.

 

Additional information about other features and improvements can be found in the What’s New documentation.

 

If you’re a current user, download the latest version today!  And if you’re a new user, please download the trial version and let us know what you think!

Drone2Map for ArcGIS version 1.3 is available for download from My Esri and the Drone2Map for ArcGIS Help Site.

 

Version 1.3 adds the ability to create compressed zlas point clouds, rolling shutter correction, GCP photo support, Integrated Windows Authentication, flight altitude adjustment tools, and more.

 

Zlas Point Clouds – Create compressed zlas point clouds for improved performance in ArcGIS Pro. Zlas is Esri’s compressed format for lidar and other point clouds that can be used directly, without decompression. This simplified ArcGIS Pro workflow saves time and disk space, and can still be directly published as a 3D scene service for the web.

Rolling Shutter Correction – Enable greater spatial accuracy and improved image quality in projects that use a camera with a rolling shutter.

Ground Control Point (GCP) Photo Support – This allows you to reference a ground-based photo taken by a handheld camera to describe the GCP. This is in support of Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS GCP templates. This will make it easier for you to clearly and uniquely identify ground control markers, reducing potential for confusion and error, and enable you to complete projects more quickly.

Integrated Windows Authentication – Based on many requests, Drone2Map now includes licensing support for organizations leveraging Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) for their Portal for ArcGIS identities.

Flight Altitude Adjustment Tools – This will improve the default workflow and avoid textured meshes either “floating above” or disappearing below the default elevation surface in ArcGIS Pro and Web Scenes.

 

Additional information about other features and improvements can be found in the What’s New documentation.

Drone2Map for ArcGIS version 1.2 is available for download from My Esri and the Drone2Map for ArcGIS Help Site.

This release builds on the themes of ease of use and automation by adding in key features for batch processing, sharing web maps, and increasing the quality of 2D and 3D imagery products.

Here are some of the highlights of the Drone2Map 1.2 release:

  • Run multiple projects in batch mode
  • Redesigned ribbon for better organization and ease of use
  • Ability to open your Drone2Map projects in ArcGIS Pro directly from Drone2Map
  • Ability to change layer symbology in table of contents
  • Level of Detail (LOD) support for 3D Textured Meshes
  • Additional 3D textured mesh settings for better control of your output products
  • Ability to recreate products without re-running initial processing
  • New draw tools for marking up your Drone2Map projects
  • Ability to share your Drone2Map projects as Web Maps to your sharing portal
  • Improved image viewer with integrated image carousel
  • View the processing log in real time to get more fine grained status
  • Support for setting your output spatial reference without defining GCPs
  • Use custom templates directly from create new project page
  • Ability to select image points from the map when using the image properties window
  • Added support for select calibration parameters
  • Improved settings for default application behavior