Esri has released a beta version of its app, Drone2Map for ArcGIS.
What is Drone2Map?
The Drone2Map app converts raw still imagery from drones into 2D and 3D orthorectified products. Drone2Map processes drone obtained imagery into orthomosaics, digital surface models, and 3D point clouds and meshes.
According to Esri, “the app detects camera and sensor parameters and then intelligently applies appropriate defaults.”
The app can also be used in the field for rapid imagery processing so that users can verify the value of the imagery captured and avoid return field collection trips. Drone2Map is powered by a photogrammetry engine called Pix4D, a drone mapping software headquartered in Switzerland.
The beta release of the app was announced by Jack Dangermond at the Esri Federal GIS Conference today in Washington, DC, “Drones are an emerging technology with the potential to revolutionize how we work across many industries. We built Drone2Map for ArcGIS to give people the ability to process, use, and share imagery—all within ArcGIS.