Doing the heavy lifting and difficult bit, developer Jon-Pierre Stoermer (JP) has created an image crunching service for sUAS.
JP very kindly let sUAS News try the service and we are very impressed with the ease of use of the platform. A job well done. Feedback from industry has allows JP to shape Dronemapper into a useful platform.
Here then, DroneMapper explained by JP.
The DroneMapper system is a cloud based imagery processing service that turns your 2D aerial images into high resolution geo-referenced Digital Elevation Models, Digital Surface Models, Orthomosaic Maps, 3D Point Clouds and more. Our system offers a wide array of photogrammetry tools including intrinsic calibration, camera adjustment, advanced aerial triangulation, bundle block adjustment, imagery rectification, geo-referencing, and flight tracking at a fraction of the traditional cost. The platform generates very high resolution results with off the shelf consumer quality cameras and affordable UAV hardware. Any UAV or Drone platform is supported with an attached flight controller log, or the pilot may simply geotag each aerial image.
DroneMapper.com will process up to 15 images for free, building a very high resolution geo-referenced DEM, DSM, and Orthomosaic. The resulting output is loaded into any of the popular GIS software packages allowing for accurate contour generation, length, area, volume, cut, fill and elevation measurements.
Early testing with multiple UAV manufacturers has yield excellent results and landed us on the radar of many big name GIS and GPS providers. The DroneMapper web service is based on custom in-house algorithms and freely available open source tools. Imagery is processed on the Amazon EC2 cloud computing cluster resulting in quick turn around and high precision.
For customers who require a non cloud based solution, we offer a Linux based hardware appliance with our software installed. This rack mounted appliance can be installed in your local data center or your secure network, ensuring top level security and privacy for sensitive data.
For more information, questions, sample data, service comparisons and downloads please visit http://dronemapper.com