Questions tagged [unmanned-aerial-vehicle]

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Drone is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.

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What software to use for making digital elevation models from UAV aerial imagery?

I have a an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, also called a drone) and would like to use it to create a digital elevation model and orthomosaic over a smaller area (10 km2). My platform will be able to ...
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Drone aerial imagery to QGIS

I used Phantom DJI Standard 3 drone for some aerial photos of an archaeological site. When I viewed the properties of the jpeg file, it contained Longitude (like this: 22; 14; 37.701258239) and ...
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Creating photogrametric point cloud of an object from distributed photographs, here: Making accurate 3D model of building using UAV imagery?

Is there a way of creating a photogrametric point cloud from a set of densly distributed photographs of an object? Application: I am trying to investigate if creating a 3D model (point cloud) of the ...
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Determining bare earth DEM from unclassified LAS file?

I have data in LAS format with RGB values created from aerial photogrammetry using a UAV. I am trying to find a solution to extract the bare earth DEM from the point cloud. I have tried SAGA, ...
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What Open Source (command line/API) method is there to orthorectify and georeference an aerial image given telemetry data?

How can I take an image and orthorectify it automatically with open source software? The information associated with each image is: camera specs latitude, longitude, elevation of the camera ...
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Counting number of plants in area using images from UAV? [closed]

How do I count the number of pineapple plants in a 1-hectare block? I have heard of these algorithms but I don't know how to do it. I'm still a newbie of QGIS, ArcGIS and ENVI. I have the NIR, RGB, ...
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Are there any open source tools for the processing of UAV images?

I have aerial photographs taken by a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). I want to do ortho mosaicing and DEM creation to do volumetric analysis. Are there any open source tools that process the UAV images?...
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What lens and camera settings are recomended for UAV (drone) aerial imagery capture? [closed]

I have been toying with the idea of purchasing/bowrrowing a UAV and attempting to capture my own aerial imagery. I have pretty good DSLR Canon gear and several lenses but I am wondering what lens, ...
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UAV Image collection Procedure

Do we need to collect ground control points before flying drones or do the drones collect control points during their flight ?
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Is there a software package that allows users to create map tiles?

We would like to create map tiles to be used via mobile device in the field in an offline environment. The imagery will come from our personal collection of aerial images taken via UAV.
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EVI calculation from UAV multispectral survey

I want to calculate EVI index from UAV multispectral survey. For satellite imagery it is pretty straightforward (after reading multiple posts on GIS.SE) but not sure how to approach this problem, when ...
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Reaching cm (inch) level elevation precision using drones

A road construction firm needs altitude data of road path before and after the construction and the error should be less than 3 cm (2 inch). Normally, they put a ground station and workers manually ...
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Determining Bounding Points of UAV Images

I know the EXIF data from drones contains the GPS point central to the photo to provide photo location. What I'd like is to determine the lat/lon of the four corners of the image. I've done a pretty ...
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geo-referencing image geo-tagging,

I have images from UAV which are geo-tagged. I wish to geo-reference images which were shot in sequence, and want to create a mosaic, which further will be a small map. Is there any possible way in ...
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Can't generate true orthophoto from my software

I am a GIS specialist and a surveyor. Lately I'm trying to use as a surveying tool my DJI Phantom 3 pro combining with different software for generating DEM, DSM, 3d model and orthophoto. But I can't ...
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Loop NDVI calculations for hyperspectral datacubes in R

I am writing a script for the processing of different hyperspectral datacubes. The datacubes contain flight lines that I've recorded with a UAV. In total there are 10 flight lines that need to be ...
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OpenDroneMap: How to produce correct georeference ortophoto from UAV?

I am trying to produce proper georeferenced ortophotomap from UAV mission using OpenDroneMap (ODM), like I have done the same thing using APS Suite from Menci In both cases I have the same images ...
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georeference and orthorectification of aerial photos

I am trying to process photos taken with a tetracam ADC micro camera placed on a UAV. I have GPS coordinates and mavlink logs providing roll, pitch and yaw of the UAV. I am having a real hard time ...
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Using Phantom 3 Pro to capture aerial imagery for small site plans and derive DEM? [closed]

I am curious if this consumer UAV can be used to capture imagery for further processing to stitch seamless imagery and to use as input into stereo/photogrametry software to create reasonably accurate ...
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Seeking algorithms for DEM generation? [closed]

What are the different algorithms employed for the generation of a Digital elevation model from images captured using an unmanned aerial vehicle ?
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Using “texture” image from Drone2Map for ArcGIS?

ESRI's Drone2Map beta produces various outputs; LAS, dem, hillshade, orthomosiac, etc. One of these is "Texture.jpg" file. This image is not projected but it looks like as if I should be able to ...
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NDVI image processing

I am trying to get a NDVI image from an RGB + NIR image captured by a modified Cannon S110 camera bought from Event38 along with a 3DR Iris+ drone link The image captured with the camera looks like ...
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Processing drone Images of body of water?

I took some pictures of a body of a body of water using a multi-spectral sensor attached to drone. When trying to process the image using Pix4D, more than 50% of pictures were unable to calibrated. ...
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Abnormal Output of OpenDroneMap with GCP file

I am using a gcp_list.txt file with the following text: I am supposed to get a geo-referenced mesh object like this: But, I am getting something like this: I am running ODM locally in ubuntu 16 ...
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What is the difference between Key-Point, Tie-Point in Photogrammetry?

I'm looking into the reports & the Mechanism of UAV Photogrammetry software like Pix4D and AgiSoft. These two words are mentioned in a lot of support documentation, but they are defined no-where. ...
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Drone that generates a point cloud from photography

I read this in a trade magazine today, ​“Esri has just released the Drone2Map for ArcGIS app, which transforms high-resolution drone imagery into ready-to-use aerial data in the GIS platform. ...
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Why is the altitude information of the geotag from a drone/uav/uas/rpas (Phantom 3) so innaccurate?

I have a Phantom 3 4k and on examination of the geotag information the altitude reading is often inaccurate by 10-15 metres. Why is this? Is it because the drone only has a GPS rather than a DGPS unit?...
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Looking for real-world DJI Phantom 3 Professional sample geo-tagged images for testing

I am looking for sample DJI Phantom 3 Professional imagery for testing purposes with the Drone2Map for ArcGIS Beta software. So far I am finding the application very polished and easy to use but I am ...
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Counting animals using near infrared imagery from a drone

I am playing around with an idea of using a near infrared camera to fly transects to count animals on the ground. I have been involved in such work earlier, but on bigger mammals and observer based ...
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Drone Imagery Footprints & Quaternions

I'm trying to use Drone Imagery Metadata to plot precise (or nearly precise) Imagery footprints on the the ground and I need some help with Photogrammetry / Trigonometry / Quaternions My repo is ...
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GRASS GIS Segmentation issue on UAV image

I tried i.segment to perform segmentation on a part of UAV orthophoto image, but this always results in stripe-like rectangle segments which I do not expect. Could anyone figure out what happens? ...
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UAVs and using ground control

I have been having a conversation at the office about whether to use ground control when using drones/UAVs to capture aerial images. The ground control that I am referring too is any permanent survey ...
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Creating TIN from UAV images or Google Earth images? [closed]

I'm starting using ArcGis and I would like to create a TIN from UAV images. What are the steps that I have to follow? I think: Mosaic the images, merge o join. (I have 40 aereal pictures in .JPG) ...
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Citation of Mission Planner

I been using mission planner for some aerial survey study (as my ground control station and autonomous mission planner). However, I haven't been able to find all the information to properly cite this ...
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Convert jpg with exif header into geotiff

I have bunch of jpgs with exif headers like this: Size is 4000, 3000 Coordinate System is `' Metadata: EXIF_ApertureValue=(3.625) EXIF_ColorSpace=1 EXIF_ComponentsConfiguration=0x1 0x2 0x3 ...
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Getting coordinates of pixel from georeferenced drone photo?

I have a problem with geo-referenced photos from a DJI drone. I have the coordinates of the center of the photo and the metadata related to the photo and I would like to know how to go from a pixel to ...
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OpenDroneMap returns error on merging depthmaps?

I am doing a reconstruction on 424 Parrot Sequoia RGB images using OpenDroneMap. The reconstruction runs for about 2 hours then throws the error shown below. I have successfully done several ...
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Smooth mosaicking of smaller orthomosaics to form a homogenous mosaic

This image below is generated using Erdas Imagine where I used mosaicpro tool to create a super mosaic of orthomosaics generated using PIX4d I used following options: Color Balancing Color Dodging ...
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Postprocessing with NMEA-data if no rinex-data is available

I have an UAV which does not give me the raw sensor data (e.g. rinex or ubx). The only format I get is NMEA. Now I want to know how could I use the NMEA-data to get the highest precision of my ...
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Create web map tiles from large images

I have 70Gb of raster data from drone photography that I need to serve via Openlayers. The data is currently provided as georeferenced jpegs each is 175Mgb in size. What is the best strategy to cut ...
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Post Orthorectification error reduction? [closed]

I am trying to orthorectify an old aerial photo that has control points. When I run an output and then validate it I find some offset or distortion. What should I do to fix this? Does anyone have ...
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Performing Radiometric Calibration of Sequoia Imagery?

I recently bought a used Sequoia camera and when I bought it, I was under the impression that the sun irradiance sensor and calibration plate would calibrate all my images in real time and I wouldn't ...
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Why do UAV-derived NDVI values fall far outside -1 to 1 range after empirical line calibration?

This question was marked as being a duplicate of Landsat8 NDVI values not in the -1 to 1 range but I've posted my question because: I am not using Landsat; and there was no explanation of how to ...
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How does the Phantom 3 4k UAV assign the coordinates/geotag to each photo?

I read that the Phantom 3 used to use a barometric reading but now it uses GPS. Does it take a new reading from the GPS/Glonass satellites every time it takes a photo or does it base every photo from ...
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Seeking alternative for ERDAS IMAGINE AutoSync?

I had the possibility to work with a Demo-Version of the ERDAS IMAGINE module AutoSync. I have different geo-rasters (i.e. geoTIFFs) produced by UAV photography and which have to be matched the best ...
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ArcGIS Pro 2.4.0 Image Segmentation - Higher spectral and spatial detail for high-resolution images?

I was watching a video regarding image segmentation in ArcGIS Pro 2.4.0. It was an ESRI event (2018), so the presenters were ESRI employees. Here's the video I am referring to: https://www.youtube.com/...
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Filter pictures in directory

I have a drone project with 50,000 pictures in 50 layers. Each layer has 2 to 5 zones. When I put them all together, we have a lot of overlap and in some places, we have up to 4 pictures of the same ...
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Radiometrically correct one UAV image

Does anyone out there know how to perform radiometric corrections on a single image taken with a multispectral sensor? I know there is proprietary software (such as PiX4D) that can do this; however, ...
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DroneDeploy generated Ortho shows skewed in QGIS (projections OK?)

I've recently bought a drone and have been having a lot of fun enhancing maps with very detailed orthomosaics. The images place correctly once loaded in QGis, absolute positioning is good enough for ...
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File size increases significantly after re-projecting

I have processed some aerial imagery using mapsmadeeasy.com, and georeferenced the image using the web tool within MME. However, this is not a very accurate means of georefencing, and delivers a ...