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How to request processing outputs on a set of data (orthophotos, hillshades etc)
How to request processing outputs on a set of data (orthophotos, hillshades etc)

Request processing, view your outputs and manage your layers

Kayley Greenland avatar
Written by Kayley Greenland
Updated over a week ago

In this article you will find the steps on how to request processing and manage your outputs.

To get started you will need to ensure you have a mission, with a mapping objective and your data uploaded. If you need help with this step please visit: Creating a mapping mission & uploading data for processing

How to request processing

Step 1: Select an existing data set

  • From the main dashboard select a mission

  • Navigate to the objectives tab and find your mapping objective

Step 2: Select request processing

  • Select the objective you would like to start processing

  • This will take you through to the processing request form, here you can define the types of outputs you want on that data set

  • We have set some recommended defaults but depending on your capture, drone and settings you may want to adjust these to your preferred settings

  • You can request multiple processing jobs with different settings on the same set of data if needed

Step 3: Populate processing details

  • Preset will be available if you have opted in to our enterprise solution and have a set of standard settings you would like to keep on file. Otherwise you will have the custom option and define the requirements.

  • Orthomosaic select if you would like this output and define the GSD (cm/px), if ticked you will get the option to add a point cloud.

  • DTM select if you would like this output and define the GSD (cm/px).

  • DSM select if you would like this output and define the GSD (cm/px).

  • Rolling shutter speed

  • RTK if available

Outputs Explained:


  1. An orthomosaic is the stitching of photos together to create one large map of all individual photos.

  2. We recommend processing at 5cm/px.

Point Cloud

  1. A point cloud is a set of data points in space. The points may represent a 3D shape or object.

  2. Each point position has its set of Cartesian coordinates (X, Y, Z).

Hillshade - Included in your outputs based selecting a DTM or DSM. It will be shown in the map as the visual representation of the below as a layer.

Digital Terrain Model

  1. A Digital Terrain Model (DTM) sometimes called Digital Elevation Model (DEM).

  2. It is a topographic model of the bare Earth that can be manipulated by computer programs. The data files contain the elevation data of the terrain in a digital format which relates to a rectangular grid

  3. We recommend processing at 15cm/px.

Digital Surface Model

  1. A Digital Surface Model (DSM) is an elevation model that captures both the environment's natural and artificial features.

  2. It includes the tops of buildings, trees, powerlines, and any other object.

  3. We recommend processing at 15cm/px.

Step 4: KML

A KML is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth. You can create KML files to pinpoint locations, add image overlays, and expose rich data in new ways. KML is an international standard maintained by the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC).

  • Adding or using an existing KML will contain your processing area

  • It is not essential but we do recommend it

  • You have 3 options:

    • Use objective KML (We advise you use the objective KML)

    • Do not use a KML

    • Upload or draw a KML (Best used if you would only like to process a sub-set of the data)

Example of an orthophoto with no KML:

Example of an orthophoto with a KML:

Review your request and payment

Step 5: Review processing summary & cost

  • The payment summary page will work out the total cost of the processing based on the number of images in the data set, the size of the images and the plan you are on

  • If you are on our Free plan you will need to Confirm to continue to the payment screen

  • If you are on our Teams plan we will consolidate all the processing jobs from the prev month and bill you at the same time as your subscription fee.

Step 6: Select or add a payment method

  • For free plan users you will be prompted to use an existing payment method or add a new type.

  • Clicking confirm will add the processing job to a que and navigate you back to the processing tab within the map view

Step 7: Processing

  • Processing setting will be checked and then the job will be started, you can view the status and progress at anytime within the processing tab

Once the processing has been completed you will be notified via email

Visualise and manage your outputs (Layers)

Step 8: Review outputs

  • Your outputs are available from multiple tabs within the map view

  • Your orthophoto’s and hillshades can be viewed here and filtered on or off as needed

  • They will also be available from the media tab if you would like to download them

Step 9: Mission Layers

  • Your output files will appear in folders labeled as per your objectives

  • If you have multiple mapping objectives with multiple different outputs you would see them organised accordingly

  • You can organise your files as you need:

    • Add New folders (Select the icon in the top left)

    • Add New sub folders (Right click a folder)

    • Edit or delete folders (Right click a folder)

    • Organise your layers into a hierarchy by moving them up and down

    • Easily zoom to layers or turn them off or on

What's Next?

Now you have your data, and processed outputs available in one mission, you may want to do one or many of the below:

  • Share your mission with internal or external stakeholders

  • Annotate areas of interest and label them

  • Download your outputs for use in another software platform (Example; For CAD drawings)

  • Assess you images for defects via the reports tab

  • View a 3D model (Currently only available through our Beta Trial)

If you have any further questions or feedback feel free to reach out to us via the chat icon.

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