Esri App Turns Raw Drone Imagery into 2D, 3D Products

GIS technology company Esri has released Drone2Map for ArcGIS, which turns raw, still imagery from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into 2D and 3D imagery products.

According to Esri, the desktop app makes imagery available on demand for applications such as analyzing land, inspecting infrastructure, and monitoring events such as natural disasters and environmental changes. Imagery products that can be created include orthomosaics, digital surface models, and 3D point clouds and meshes.

The app detects camera and sensor parameters and then intelligently applies appropriate defaults, the company explains. The photogrammetry engine in Drone2Map for ArcGIS is powered by Pix4D.

In the field, says Esri, the software offers rapid imagery processing so that users can make sure they’ve captured everything they need right away and can cut down on return trips. The imagery can then be used immediately in the company’s ArcGIS platform to provide a clear, accurate picture of an asset or area for mapping, analysis and decision-making.

Free trials of Drone2Map for ArcGIS are available through a beta program.


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