Regardless of whether you are an independent flier or a corporate entity using drones for various tasks, mapping is one of the biggest utilizations for drone technology to date. Thankfully, there are many powerful pieces of software that you can utilize as part of a complete drone solution for a variety of commercial purposes.Here are some of the top options for you to consider:
DroneDeployDroneDeploy is an easy-to-use mapping software that both beginners and advanced users can use effectively. This 3D modeling and mapping software is available both for single users as a mobile app and enterprise clients who have any number of users.There are many autonomous flight features and options within the software, including the ability to generate and view a 2D map of the area during flight.You can also perform several types of in-field data analysis before you get back to the office and upload your images to create high-resolution 3D maps in several different formats that can be shared with the entire team or with customers.DroneDeploy's enterprise platform will let you do almost anything — from managing hundreds of users and flights to building your own custom apps. The platform is feature-rich, full of cloud-based operations and easy to manage even if you have many team members or clients who need your data and maps on their own mobile devices while they are out in the field.
Pix4DPix4D is a versatile software aimed at more advanced users. Its high-resolution capabilities allow for retrieving the elevation and even the temperature value of each pixel to create highly accurate maps.This software can take any .jpg or .tif image from any drone or camera and turn it into a high-resolution map that can be saved and used in over a dozen different formats from a simple .pdf to photo-realistic 3D textured mesh images.Pix4D is great for business users, whether you are a one-drone commercial flier or a large enterprise with an entire fleet of drones and users. Its versatility also means that it can connect with other platforms (such as for agriculture, construction, etc.) for creating top-notch planning documents, yield predictions, site plans and many other reports.
AirGon by GeoCueAirGon is a mapping solution created by the GeoCue Group. AirGon’s claim to fame is its streamlined workflow, giving you the ability to get high accuracy data, processing, analysis and data delivery all in one process.If you’re a DJI fan, the software includes DJI Groundstation Pro, which allows you to continue a project even after changing batteries. This is great for time-consuming projects and for minimizing post-processing work.AirGon uses Agisoft PhotoScan Pro to calibrate the camera and process it into 3D maps. PhotoScan is widely regarded as one of the most accurate solutions on the market.However, the most powerful aspect of AirGon is LP360 sUAS. LP360 allows you to:
- Validate horizontal and vertical accuracy
- remove vertical bias
- Export reports
- Clean your data
- Automated tools to extract ground surfaces
- And much more