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Creating drone imagery products with Site Scan Manager for ArcGIS

Site Scan for ArcGIS is a complete, end-to-end drone data acquisition and cloud processing platform. It includes two applications: an iPad app called Site Scan Flight for ArcGIS, which allows drone pilots to capture imagery, and a web app called Site Scan Manager for ArcGIS, which is used to manage drone fleets, securely process imagery in a scalable cloud environment, and quickly share high-quality 2D and 3D imagery products with internal and external users.

Drone imagery captured using Site Scan Flight and other flight planning applications can be uploaded to Site Scan Manager for processing and viewing. Site Scan supports the processing of drone imagery using ground control points or RTK for more accurate positioning.

Use Site Scan Manager to produce the following data products from drone imagery:

  • 2D orthomosaics, which allows users to measure ground features and view changes of a site over time
  • Digital terrain models and digital surface models
  • Point clouds for 3D visualization and measurements
  • Integrated meshes that can be displayed in the Site Scan Manager's Scene Viewer for detailed visual inspection

Conduct an initial analysis of drone-captured imagery using Site Scan Manager's built-in visualization, measurement, and artificial intelligence tools. Publish imagery outputs to your ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online organization for more in-depth analysis, distribution across your organization, and ingestion into other ArcGIS applications. With Site Scan's integration with BIM360, you can pass data products between Site Scan and Autodesk applications to move engineering projects forward.

Explore the following resources to learn more about using Site Scan Manager to create authoritative products from imagery.


Site Scan for ArcGIS requires at least one Operator license, which allows a user to upload images to Site Scan Manager. To download, edit, analyze, and process project data, you’ll need an Access license. Read-only users are free and unlimited.

ArcGIS blogs, articles, story maps, and technical papers 

Supplemental guidance about concepts, software functionality, and workflows:


Esri-produced videos that clarify and demonstrate concepts, software functionality, and workflows:

Esri Training 

Authoritative learning resources focusing on key ArcGIS skills:

Technical Support 

Documentation for Site Scan Manager is available from the Esri Support Knowledge Base. Highlights include:

Esri Community

Online imagery community to connect, collaborate, and share experiences:

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