Have some questions on the drone and the drone2map software. I couldnt find a contact at Esri ?
If you look at the people page of the space, Jeremy might be a good bet since he is one of the owners and the vast majority of the members are esri employees Drone2Map for ArcGIS so my guess is one of them, but I would think your post might stir some attention
Jeremy Schuyler and Molly Zurn would probably be good to start with.
I can also help with the Drone related questions if need be.
Would an Intel Falcon 8 drone be good for Drone2Map?
yes we have processed imagery from the Falcon 8
almost any modern drone camera will work fine in Drone2Map (regardless of the physical aircraft body that is carrying it)
Thanks for the response, from my research the camera just needs to be able to have GPS capability, correct?
We are wanting to create a 3d model of the city and then eventually 3d print a scaled version of the city. Do you think drone to map would be an efficient, easy solution to this project?
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Your comment about cameras is generally correct, although the processing in Drone2Map must have knowledge about the camera (primarily the sensor size and lens focal length) as well as GPS, so if you had some unknown camera (with GPS) you might still run into challenges - but I know we have processed imagery from a Falcon 8 in the past, so I am ~90% sure this will work "out of the box". However, I will admit I don't know intimate details of the Falcon 8, and if there are multiple cameras available, there is a SLIM chance we wouldn't have info about that camera in our database.
There are ways to work around this but if in doubt and you want to be sure BEFORE buying the drone and camera, I'd suggest you request 3 sample images (ideally taken above ground, with overlap) and send them to me, and I can test and confirm
As to your overall project, there are a lot more issues to discuss - but it's good to know where you're going. Here are some BRIEF thoughts, not intended to answer everything you need to consider:
If you look at this example http://esriurl.com/EsriCampus3D it will illustrate some of these issues.
I hope that is helpfulCody B
Thanks for taking the time to go through that overview.
To clarify our END Goal is to produce a 3d virtual model of our historic downtown area. This area is only a few blocks, less than 1 square mile. Then the industrial and Tech parks. So only targeted areas for the drone.
We fly photography and LIDAR every 3 years. It is currently in progress for the new set. I have made a model in the past of clipped building footprints and the topography with some of the LIDAR, but that still only produces extruded features with randomized or targeted facades. I don't have the time or manpower to go through and create exact windows, material type etc. This leads me to the drone2map software. It seems from what I have read this product would produce a realistic virtual model more efficiently in less time.
As far as the 3d printer. the preferred file type would be a .STL file, but we can export that .OBJ file to what we need. Currently we have a Makerbot Replicator + , but in the future we will be looking to purchase a larger print bed. Side bar to this, What would be my best platform to take lidar and other parametric data to produce a virtual 3d model. I used City engine in the past, but it was a bit of a learning curve. Can everything I need to do for the 3d model be done in Pro?
I would also recommend checking out the beta community and posting questions there as well you might see some questions answered there under the posts or resources.
Drone2Map for ArcGIS Beta is Open | ArcGIS Blog
on logging organization account arcgisdrone2map download page hide the "Free trial" button, there is only Buy Button.
how can i download. I emailed esri support team but no one reply.
Sign in to your esri account, and then you can download from the link below.
doc.arcgis.com/en/drone2map/ is the link that provides you with an orange button to click on.
Here is that link: Drone2Map | ArcGIS
This will download the drone2map executable to install the software.
Not sure why esri hasn't provided this from the drone2map page that comes up when you google the app.
While logging I can not see "Free Trial" Button, there is only "Buy" button.
I have an organization account with admin rights.
Feel free to reach out to me for Drone2Map questions. I'll do my best to answer them. However, for most technical issues, you can reach out to Technical Support. They now fully support Drone2Map questions.
Do you have any suggestions as to why Drone2Map won't process even the tutorial data? Does the project and its data have to reside on the local drive? I have been trying to get the tutorials to work and Drone2Map processes for 5 seconds, says it has completed, and produces empty flight line and image location FCs and nothing as far as 2D or 3D datasets as promised in the tutorials. What am I missing?
I see a few users are having similar issues. I can't reproduce on my end. Did you previously have the Beta version of Drone2Map installed? Also, what operating system are you using? I've seen similar issues with machines that had the beta version installed and running Windows 10. Any details you can provide would be help us troubleshoot.
Yes, I did have the Beta version of Drone2Map installed.
I am using Windows 7 Professional SP1, 64-bit OS, Intel Core i7 CPU, 1.73 GHz, 16GB RAM
I have 15.5GB free space on hard drive, so the project data is stored on and accessed from a drive on our network server.
Thank you very much,
Our IT folks determined where our company's network had settings that were preventing Drone2Map from processing properly. Kudos to Mark Romero @ Esri for helping us out with that!
Can you share some of the network settings that needed to be changed in order for this to work?
Was anti-virus or anti-malware software an issue?
that post was from August 2016. The current release of Drone2Map is 2.0 (with 2.1 about to be released) and the core software architecture has changed dramatically.
If you are having trouble with version 2.0, please call our tech support.
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