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2D mapping

The 2D mapping template is designed to create high resolutions orthomosaics, elevation models, and multispectral indices. Follow the steps below to process a sample 2D mapping project.

Download sample data

Sample data for the 2D mapping template can be found on the sample data page. For the 2D mapping template, a collection of images over a port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is available. To download the sample data complete the following steps:

  1. Go to the sample data page.
  2. In the 2D mapping table, click download.
  3. Extract Sample_Banana_Plant.zip to a convenient location on your computer.

Create a project

To create your sample mapping project, complete the following steps:

  1. Start Drone2Map.
  2. Sign in using your ArcGIS Online Organization credentials.
  3. Select the 2D Mapping template and click Create.
  4. Provide a name for your project, choose a location to save it, and choose the location of the sample images folder. This sample dataset includes an external telemetry file. When the GPS File Required window appears, browse to the files folder in the sample data folder and add the geolocation file. Click Ok to add the geolocation data, and click Ok again.
  5. Click Processing Options. Notice that, for 2D mapping projects, the LAS option is checked on the 3D Products tab. This is necessary to use the volume tool. To generate additional 3D products, check on optional 3D products or choose the 3D mapping template. Also notice in the initial processing step, the keypoint image scale is set to full. Click 2D Products and notice the resolution is set to the highest resolution. Click Ok to accept the default settings.
  6. Click Start to begin processing.

View the results

When processing is complete, the orthomosaic is visible in the map display. The orthomosaic and DSM hillshade layers are added to your table of contents.

View the images by panning and zooming around the banana base and checking your 2D products on and off to view the orthomosaic and DSM hillshade layers. Zoom in close to observe the high resolution imagery produced with this template.