Esri business partner 3DR has released a free app for iOS that interfaces with ArcGIS Online, allowing Esri users to view GIS content from ArcGIS Online to assist with the drone flight planning.
The Site Scan – Esri Edition app provides mission planning and flight control for a number of leading drones to optimize drone collections for use in Drone2Map or Ortho Mapping in ArcGIS Pro. This release is compatible with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI M200, DJI M210, DJI Inspire 2, DJI Mavic Pro, or Yuneec H520-G, as well as the 3DR Solo.
The Site Scan – Esri Edition app allows users to take advantage of substantial amounts of publicly accessible data, as well as custom data layers from the user’s ArcGIS Online account, as base and reference data for mission planning.
Site Scan – Esri Edition is free to everyone with an ArcGIS Online account. The app is available on iTunes at http://esriurl.com/SSEE, and will be available soon in the Esri Marketplace.
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So your organisation has decided it is time to purchase a drone. Drones are now at a price point where the return on investment is such that an organisation can purchase its own drone, invest in a pilot’s license and have imagery turned around at high resolution for small areas of interest in very short time frames. For many organisations a drone is an ideal supplement for the regular aerial imagery. It provides a mechanism to “see” changes almost as they happen.
At the end of September 2016, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations around drones will be further relaxed. Where essentially, organisations will be able to fly drones under 2kg without the requirement to have an RPA Operators Certificate (ReOC). See the announcement for more details.
An example of such a drone is Esri partner – 3DR – Solo quadcopter. When teamed with a Sony high resolution camera, it provides an ideal solution for those who need to capture imagery and elevation data that supplements their regular aerial surveys.
Esri recently released Drone2Map for ArcGIS. An application designed to take advantage of this new imagery from any platform and turn around usable information products for the whole organisation within a day of capture. As a minimum requirement, Drone2Map simply needs the imagery to be georegistered for X,Y,Z and it will do the rest for you.