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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, and will be available soon in the Esri Marketplace.   


Try it out! 


Support for Site Scan - Limited Edition is provided by 3DR at

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  All users, including those typically working in offline mode, are encouraged to download this new version.  

Esri Headquarters Building Q

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



  • 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.



  • 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! 


Cody Benkelman

Drone2Map for ArcGIS Product Manager

Join over 200 of your colleagues at our National Drone Conference at Palomar College (North San Diego County) on Friday, July 6, 2018! Our conference this year will feature a number of technical sessions with guest speakers from the fields of aerial cinematography, archeology, construction, inspection, education, environmental conservation, mapping and surveying, photography, and much more! We will feature guest speakers from organizations such as the Federal Aviation Administration, the US Air Force, General Atomics, the University of California system, Southern California Edison, and the City of San Diego. Please see the complete conference agenda here.

  • Regular registration is $55 for all attendees.

Registration includes access to our technical sessions and exhibits, as well as breakfast and lunch (catered by Habit Burger).

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and connect with professionals, students, veterans, and educators in this exciting industry. Space is limited, register today at!

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