Create a new project

A Drone2Map project must be created before you can begin working with Drone2Map. First, you must choose a project template.

Create a project using a project template

To create a project, complete the following steps:

  1. Start Drone2Map.
  2. Under Select Project Template, choose from the following:
    • 2D Rapid
    • 2D Full
    • 3D Mapping
    • Inspection
    • Batch Processing
  3. Click Next.
  4. Type a name for the new project in the Give Your Project A Name text box.
  5. Under Select Where to Store Your Project, accept the default location, or click Browse to choose a different location on your local file system where you want the new project to be stored.
  6. Click Add Images to add individual images to your project or click Add Folder to add an entire folder of images to your project.

    Input images can be either JPEG or TIFF files.

    • JPEG images as .jpg or .jpeg
    • Monochromatic or multiband TIFF (RGB, infrared, thermal) as .tif or .tiff

    Drone2Map checks the images for geolocation information. If your imagery does not have geolocation information embedded in the imagery, you'll be prompted to provide a file with this information. Browse to the file on your local system and add the file with the GPS data. Choose whether the file will contain headers and the delimiter type. If necessary, map the field to the correct column in the geolocation file. Click OK.

    The selected images and geolocation information display.

  7. Click Create.

    The project is created and opened in the Drone2Map home screen. A project directory is created in your chosen location, which stores your project settings, processing outputs, and other information about your project.


    When you create a new project, Drone2Map checks for available disk space and lets you know if you may need to increase available disk space before processing. It is based on the number of images in the project and uses the following parameters:

    • Fewer than 100 images = 10 GB of available space
    • Between 100 and 500 images = 20 GB of available space
    • Between 500 and 2,000 images = 40 GB of available space
    • More than 2,000 images = 80 GB of available space

    If you have less than 10 GB of available space, you will see the following message: Less than 10GB disk space is available. It is recommended to increase available disk space to at least 10GB before processing.

Import template

If you have exported a Drone2Map template during a previous Drone2Map session, you can import that template to quickly create a new project using your specific processing options and outputs. To use your Drone2Map template to create a project, complete the following steps:

  1. Open Drone2Map.
  2. Under Select Project Template, choose Import template Import Template.
  3. Browse to your stored Drone2Map template, select it, and click OK.