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Maps, clients and special situations, oh ya...

How do I upload the information on the flight planner in your software to a dji Phantom?

What is the best way to fly large acreages ie 2000 acres? Fixed wing or multi-rotor?

Can a client measure distances on the image ie. a door on a building or the width of a road right-of-way or a field for accurate calculations of area?

Does a client need to have each his/her own account on Mapsmadeeasy.com or how do I share the images with a client so they can use the images in the field digitally on a laptop without cellphone or wifi coverage.?

Can I simply download the final map image and hand it to the client by email or on a usb stick or will the file to be large or be inaccessible in that way?

My internet connection is not bad but it is slightly slow. Uploading 800 images for example can be a long process. Is there a way to zip the image file folder to the server? I am using a mac.

Is it possible to send a DJI 2 2.0 to you for modification to work best with your mapping applications to make it the same as the Deluxe Mapping Bundle Phantom unit?

Can I offer clients quality volumetric and 3-d maps with a modified Gopro 5.5mm and your mapping software?

How do you resume flight lines after changing a battery? Do you need to reenter a modified flight path or can you tell the drone to start from the gps location it last took an image from?
Thank you.

Adam

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You have a lot of good questions here. Let's take them one at a time:
How do I upload the information on the flight planner in your software to a dji Phantom?
If you are using the DJI 2.4 GHz or 900 MHz Datalink PC Ground Station, you you can download the .AWM file that the Flight Planner spits out and load the mission. With the mobile app, you have to enter the data manually. It isn't to hard if you use the Flight Planner to get the pass-to-pass distance. Armed with this number it is straightforward to add the points at your desired flight altitude, survey area length and distance between passes.
What is the best way to fly large acreages ie 2000 acres? Fixed wing or multi-rotor?
If you are trying to get 1 inch GSD (ground spatial distance or ground resolution), you will be hard pressed to be able to do more than 50 acres in one shot due to battery limitations. Even with higher GSDs, you won't get much more. So... Your options are to fly 40 flights (Yikes!) or use fixed wing.
Can a client measure distances on the image ie. a door on a building or the width of a road right-of-way or a field for accurate calculations of area?
Not currently, but we have had that as a request a couple times and will look at enabling that in a future release. The map owner will have to select a checkbox similar to the "Public Annotation View" checkbox in the Map Detail page to enable it. It will be displayed in the units that are set to the default on the owners account.
Does a client need to have each his/her own account on Mapsmadeeasy.com or how do I share the images with a client so they can use the images in the field digitally on a laptop without cellphone or wifi coverage.?
No one needs an account to view maps created on Maps Made Easy. If you have the link for a publicly enabled map, you can see it. You can share any of the links that are in the Map Detail page regardless of whether the map is marked as public or not.
Can I simply download the final map image and hand it to the client by email or on a usb stick or will the file to be large or be inaccessible in that way?
By default, all generated maps get a GeoTiff (TIF for non-georefereced), Full Resolution JPG, and full res and preview 3D models. Georeferenced maps automatically get a 32-bit float DEM and colorized relative elevation maps. Maps that have the NDVI option selected also get a GeoTiff (or TIF) and a JPG. All of these files can be downloaded and delivered or the links can be shared.
My internet connection is not bad but it is slightly slow. Uploading 800 images for example can be a long process. Is there a way to zip the image file folder to the server? I am using a mac.
The JPG file format is already highly compressed, so putting in a zip file will only serve to put them images in one place and not make the total data package any smaller. Larger files are more likely to fail despite our use of best multipart upload practices. If a single image file fails for some reason, it shouldn't be a problem if there is sufficient overlap, but uploading a multi gigabyte rarely goes well, even with good internet connections. This is why we have kept it to individual image uploads.
Is it possible to send a DJI 2 2.0 to you for modification to work best with your mapping applications to make it the same as the Deluxe Mapping Bundle Phantom unit?
Yes. Contact our sales guys at sales@dronesmadeeasy.com. They will be able to give you a quote for the labor and the additional hardware.
Can I offer clients quality volumetric and 3-d maps with a modified Gopro 5.5mm and your mapping software?
Yes! We have been told that the outputs created by our system are easily among the most accurate available, even taking into account solutions that cost 100 times more than using our system. We are planning on including a volumetric measurement capability build right into the Map Detail page and possibly into the public measurement tool discussed above.
How do you resume flight lines after changing a battery? Do you need to reenter a modified flight path or can you tell the drone to start from the gps location it last took an image from?
At this point, the best way to keep track of things is to generate the AWM files for your flight plan and generate the KML files right along side it. Then you can use Google Earth to keep track of the multiple flight plans and make sure they are overlapping. We do have plans for planning larger flights and breaking it up according to battery life, but for now it is workable so this isn't a huge priority.

Thanks for your really good questions and asking them on the public forum so everyone can benefit.

Tudor
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