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Site Scan Processing is Now Powered by the Pix4D Engine

When you process your drone photos into orthomosaics, 3D models, and other data products, you want to get the best results every time. A few factors affect the quality of a processed job: camera quality, flight mode, number of photos, and the type of deliverable you’d like to process, for example.

With this in mind, we’ve thoughtfully designed every aspect of Site Scan to deliver the most precise, actionable data possible. That’s why we’re excited to introduce one of the biggest improvements to Site Scan yet: we’ve integrated Site Scan with Pix4D, a leading photogrammetry engine, to help you create more accurate and detailed data products than ever before.

Site Scan is already integrated with the Autodesk ReCap processing engine, so now that Site Scan processing is also powered by Pix4D, we’re offering an industry first: multi-engine photogrammetry processing for your data products.

With multi-engine processing and Site Scan’s Sony R10C camera, our customers are achieving accuracy levels within a tenth of an inch of terrestrial LiDAR. Also, with the improved processing engine in Site Scan, now you can generate a topo with a contour interval down to 5 inches, which is comparable to terrestrial LiDAR.

Pix4D Orthomosaic

Now, with Pix4D integrated in Site Scan, you can get a more accurate aerial view of your jobsite than ever before.

How does it work?

We’ve made improvements that deliver processed data 3X faster, and now you also can process 5X more photos at once—2,500 photos in total. Once you capture your drone photos and upload them to the 3DR Site Scan cloud, they are automatically processed into the following data products:

• Orthomosaic






• Contours (Minimum 5 inch interval)

Once your data is processed, you will receive a quality report with details on accuracy,  quality, overlap, number of images calibrated and enabled, camera optimization, keypoint matches to indicate data quality, and more. This gives you—and your clients— confidence in the results.

“We need accurate, reliable, and robust processing for our drone imagery. Multi-engine processing with both ReCap and Pix4D enhances our ability to deliver superior results to our teams and external clients.” — Bobby Valentine, Kimley-Horn

Get a free demo

Want to learn more about our new features and see Site Scan in action? Get a free demo from one of our product specialists and see the whole workflow, from drone to data to decisions. 

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New in Site Scan: Volume Visualizer and Merge Jobs

Today, we’re excited to introduce two new features in Site Scan Manager. First, Volume Visualizer helps you calculate more precise stockpile volumes by viewing your measurements in 3D. Second, Merge Jobs allows you to combine photos and data from two separate flights, helping create more detailed data products from multiple flight modes.

Volume Visualizer

When calculating volume data, there’s one thing you need to be sure of: precision. Using the polygon tool for volume measurements (shown above on the left), it’s important to define a precise area and avoid covering any parts that might affect your calculation.

That’s why today, in an industry first, we’re adding a new dimension to the volume measurement tool in Site Scan. Now, based on the area you select with the polygon tool, you can inspect your stockpile and view it in 3D.

This allows for a whole new way to measure stockpiles, trenches, and more: the 3D model gives you a better sense of what area your polygon covers, and what it doesn’t. The result? More precise volume measurements than ever before.

3D Volume Measurement Viewer

Merge Jobs

Every Site Scan flight creates a new, unique job with all the photos that you collected. Sometimes, though, you’d prefer these photos to be in a single job, not separate ones. That’s why we built the merge jobs feature, which allows you to quickly combine multiple jobs into one—this enables you to process larger orthomosaics and combine multiple flight modes to create more detailed data products.

Merge Jobs

Mark your calendar…

Want to see these new features in action along with the rest of Site Scan? Join our next training webinar tomorrow, Thursday June 29th at 10AM PDT, to see Site Scan in action. To attend, register here and stay tuned for updates.

Both of these features are now live on Site Scan Manager, so customers can log in today and start using them. Looking for a Site Scan demo? Contact us to speak with a specialist.

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3DR Partners With SoftBank to Offer Site Scan to the AEC Industry in Japan

Today, we’re excited to announce our partnership with SoftBank C&S, one of Japan’s largest distributors of information and communications technology, to bring Site Scan to AEC professionals in Japan. With this partnership, Site Scan is now the only commercial drone software that SoftBank offers, which opens up the power of drone data to their customers across the country.

The timing couldn’t be better: there has been a building boom across Japan as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, but their construction industry suffers from a significant labor shortage due to the country’s shrinking population. To address this, in 2015 the Japanese government launched the i-Construction initiative to help the understaffed industry increase worker productivity by 50%. Drones, which can fly autonomously and capture data fast and cost-effectively, play a key role in helping get there.

The 3DR sales team recently joined SoftBank C&S on their national Site Scan roadshow, demonstrating the product across Japan in collaboration with Autodesk and Shibamoto & Co., 3DR’s authorized distributor in Japan.

“Being in person with SoftBank, Autodesk, and Shibamoto made it clear just how big of an impact aerial data capture can have in the Japanese market,” said Matt Harrison, Head of Sales at 3DR. “Aerial data software like Site Scan is already driving productivity for our customers in Japan. The partnership with SoftBank will allow 3DR to meet the demand for drone data across the country.”

“SoftBank is an established, innovative firm with a strong track record of success, and it’s great to see their initial traction with the Site Scan roadshow,” said Chris Anderson, CEO, 3DR. “We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with them to help drive productivity on construction projects across Japan.”

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New in Site Scan: Compare Jobs and Enhanced Overlays

Drone surveys can help improve traditional survey methods in a simple way: they can collect millions of points, not just dozens, in a fraction of the time. This sheer amount of drone data can be overwhelming, though: how can it be properly managed, analyzed, and used to make good decisions?

To help make this easier, today we’re announcing two new features in Site Scan Manager: Compare Jobs and Enhanced Overlays.

Compare Jobs

Many of our customers fly their drone on-site multiple times per week, frequently collecting up-to-date data and tracking progress. Now, with Compare Jobs, it’s possible to go back in time on any project, put two orthomosaics side-by-side, and analyze the difference with an interactive slider:

Compare Jobs

Need to verify work done by subcontractors, or ensure that important objects were placed correctly? Compare Jobs is perfect for that. There’s a timeline just below the main toolbar that automatically reflects the number of jobs in a project, making it easy to choose dates to review:


PDF Overlay

The ability to overlay design files on top of an orthomosaic is one of the most powerful features in Site Scan. Today, we’re making it even better: now, in addition to CAD files, Site Scan users can upload a PDF file of their design file, georeference it in a couple clicks, and overlay it to spot any issues or discrepancies that need to be fixed.

We chose a vector file format, PDF, so your design and plan files can be resized and viewed without losing resolution. Raster files, such as PNGs and JPGs, have a fixed number of pixels and will lose resolution when resized. Our goal is to provide simple, powerful workflows without sacrificing the quality of your designs when they are overlaid on your orthomosaics.

Project stakeholders—owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and more—typically keep their design files as PDFs. They reference these files on a daily basis, but when it comes to reviewing the designs on a PDF to what’s actually being built on-site, the differences can be significant. Drone data can help bridge the gap between design and reality, and PDF overlay is an important step towards that.


Mark your calendar…

Want to see these new features in action? Good timing: we’re hosting a training webinar at 10AM on Thursday, June 29th, which will walk you through these features and the rest of Site Scan Manager. If you’d like to attend, register here and stay tuned for updates.

Looking for a Site Scan demo? Speak with one of our specialists—contact us to set up a meeting.

Both of these features are now live on Site Scan Manager, so log in today to try them out. For more information, check out the knowledge base articles for Compare Jobs and PDF Overlay.

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Meet the Next Generation Autopilot: Pixhawk Mini

Looking to start building on the new Dronecode PX4 stack? Now, with the Pixhawk Mini, you finally can.

At 60% of the size of the original Pixhawk and with improved sensors and an included GPS module, Mini is the smallest Pixhawk autopilot you can buy while still rivalling its big brothers in power. Designed specifically for PX4, Mini works is designed to be especially easy to use with quadcopters: it has an integrated four-motor power distribution board and power supply module, which enables small and efficient installations with small quadcopters.

Need an autopilot for larger multicopters, planes, autonomous cars, or boats? Mini has an 8 channel output board to support them, in addition to a digital airspeed sensor to handle long I2C cables. The improved power module also handles 4s and 6s batteries reliably. And it has new performance sensors not available in the Pixhawk 1 or Pixfalcon, as well as an added CAN bus for modern accessories.

Pixhawk Mini is designed for the pro-grade Dronecode PX4 software, including one-click installation to QGroundControl (compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and Android). Tt’s also now supported by the popular open source ArduPilot code , version 3.5 and beyond.

For more about the Pixhawk Mini’s features, technical specs, and to buy online for just $199 on Amazon.

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