Increased processing capacity for drone survey projects

January 25th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Virtual Surveyor drone surveying and mapping software has added new functionality that enables users to process larger projects without buying more powerful computers or expensive cloud services. The enhancement is among several included in Virtual Surveyor 6.2. This version solves the problem of large files by offering enhanced clipping and mosaicking functionality. Users can now merge multiple smaller processed chunks of orthophotos and digital surface models (DSM) into a single project and create smooth edges between these pieces with the new clipping tool. This seamless mosaic can be exported to a new tiff file or serve as the basis for a full area virtual survey. Virtual Surveyor 6.2 also offers a 3D fly through capability. Users can select spatial bookmarks and way points in their scene and create a movie that allows the viewer to fly through the terrain in 3D. Another workflow enhancement is improved surface handling for volume calculations. Developed primarily for users who measure volumetrics of material piles in drone survey data, this capability makes it easy to represent topographies as triangles, contour lines or outlines without creating three different objects.

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