The full Desktop Flight Planning workflow in 30 seconds
Planning effective drone flights in the field can be a challenge, especially if you’re in a remote location with poor service. That’s why, today, we’re introducing Desktop Flight Planning in Site Scan: now, you can plan a flight with confidence using the Site Scan web app, and make it instantly available to fly with on the Site Scan iPad app in the field. This helps you plan flights faster, more precisely, and improve collaboration across your drone program.
Here’s how it works:
Pick your flight mode
Plan an area survey, crosshatch survey, or an Inspect Mode flight and set all of the details: altitude, gimbal angle, hatch angle, overlap, sidelap, return altitude, and more. You can also turn on Video Mode to record videos on your flight path instead of taking pictures.
Use your past flights as a basemap
We built Desktop Flight Planning to make it easier to plan flights for your projects that are in remote areas: you may not have cellular data on-site, or the satellite data may not be up-to-date. Desktop Flight Planning makes it easy to avoid having these problems when you’re trying to fly: you can use an existing orthomosaic from a past flight on your project as the base map, which helps you plan your flight with confidence.
Overlay ground control points (GCPs) and design files for better planning
Want to make sure you cover all of your ground control points on your flight? View them on the web and plan your flight accordingly. Or, upload and overlay PDF or KML file and use as a boundary planner for your flight.
“Desktop Flight Planning is a gamechanger. All of the guesswork for our drone pilots is taken out of the equation.”
Steve VennNewmont Mining
Improve collaboration with your team
With Desktop Flight Planning, it’s easier to work with your in-office team to design the right flight patterns, which you can then pass along to your drone pilot to fly. This helps keep everyone on the same page and ensures you capture the data that you need. According to Paul Kawuma, BIM Manager at Arcadis in Qatar, “Desktop Flight Planning enables us to make our flight information more accessible to the rest of our team, so everyone can give input. Now, we all can plan flights more efficiently while still in the office.”
Save your flight plans and fly them easily on-site
Just save your flight plans with a click, and they’ll automatically be available on the Site Scan iPad app for you to use in the field. Any changes you make to your flight plan on the web will instantly update on the iPad app, so you can keep all of your plans in sync.
“With Desktop Flight Planning, we can plan flights more efficiently before going on-site.”
Paul KawumaBIM Manager, Arcadis
Want to try it for yourself?