Creating 3D Models
To create a 3D model from a drone, as well as the drone you will also need a photogrammetry software package and a computer to process the huge amount of data produced. You can also achieve highly accurate measurements when you use an RTK Drone and align with Ground Control Points.
Most drones can be used to create a model. As long as you understand the process you should be able to make and enjoy the render created.
Here at Drone Site Surveys, we use many different drones, depending on the application. However, we are loving our DJI Phantom 4 RTK SDK. Aligned with Ground Control Points it provides really accurate and precise modelling.
Once you have decided on which drone and photogrammetry package you will be using, read the manufacturer’s guidance on what processing power you will require from your computer. An underpowered computer can leave your Models wanting, and you will likely be waiting for days to process your images.
Which Photogrammetry Software is Best?
There are many photogrammetry software packages available. Some that try to “catch-all” types of applications and others are industry-specific. If you have the opportunity to use software created for your industry, I would recommend that you seriously consider this as some of the non-industry-specific packages could leave you disappointed. In the construction industry, there are numerous photogrammetry platforms that we use. This is dependent on the client and the client’s requirements.
We have no affiliation with any providers, and we receive no payment for recommendations. However, we use in no particular order Pix4D, Propeller Aero and Drone Deploy. dependant on the client’s requirements.
If there are any new and emerging photogrammetry providers that think they are better than the 3 providers I have named for the construction industry, then get in touch and convince us to give you a try.