of choosing the right drone processing software for photogrammetry can be
challenging. Several aspects need to be
considered since the product you choose will impact your entire production
chain. To facilitate your decision, there
are five main criteria that you should keep in mind during your evaluation
speed: For any
project, time is of the essence. A
faster software will allow to generate outputs more quickly and deliver them in
a timely manner. Furthermore, it will
increase your contingency time should anything unexpected arise during the entire
course of your project.
of results: Ultimately,
the quality of the geospatial data that you produce will be the most important
factor for the end-user. Specific
metrics include horizontal / vertical accuracy, spatial resolution and
consistency across the project. While
results may be visually appealing, it does not necessarily imply that they are
precise. Quality in absolute or
relative terms must thus be carefully estimated in your evaluation process.
Scalability: While your needs may initially be
limited in terms of project size, they will grow as your business evolves. Implementing a production workflow with a
specific product requires an important investment, and the costs of changing it
later maybe prohibitive. This means that
you should consider a software solution that can not only handle a small number
of images, but also much larger projects.
Automation: Having the ability to automate
processes is very important during peak production times. The software you choose should allow to
automatically process multiples projects or several subparts of larger
projects. You should also have complete
control of the processing, with options for customizing every steps.
end-users have different needs for map data. The software you choose must thus
have functionalities to be able to adapt outputs to specific requirements. The ability to manually edit results is very
important and several tools should be included in the photogrammetry product.