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Create digital aerial imagery products using ArcGIS Pro

GIS users often need to process digital aerial imagery to create reality mapping products that can then be used for visualization or analysis and shared with colleagues or the public. When aerial imagery is used, these reality mapping products provide a metrically accurate representation of an area, which is particularly useful for planning, inspection, and detection workflows.

ArcGIS Pro includes photogrammetric tools to turn digital aerial imagery into traditional orthomosaics, digital surface model (DSM) meshes, 3D point clouds, 3D meshes, and True Orthos.

To create orthomosaics, use the ortho mapping capability part of ArcGIS Pro Advanced. To create 3D point clouds, 3D meshes, digital surface model (DSM) meshes, and True Orthos, use the reality mapping capability, which is a part of ArcGIS Reality for ArcGIS Pro.

Both the ortho mapping and reality mapping capabilities offer a wizard experience that allows users to easily create multiple products in a single processing.

Use the following high-level workflow to create digital aerial imagery products:

  1. Create a reality mapping or ortho mapping workspace and input your imagery data.
  2. Run the image alignment to improve the relative orientation of the images and ensure accurate georeferencing by ground control points. In this step, you can also re-estimate the camera parameters.
  3. Generate the reality mapping products.

Explore the following resources to learn more about using reality mapping in ArcGIS Pro to generate 2D and 3D products from digital aerial imagery. (Not sure where to start? Look for the star by Esri's most helpful resources.)


To use this workflow, you'll need ArcGIS Pro Advanced. You can publish data products to ArcGIS Online or your ArcGIS Enterprise portal. Viewing image pairs in stereo requires ArcGIS Image Analyst.

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