Uploading Geo-tagged Images

Creating 3D models from images

 

Important!

As of March 31, 2022 we’ve consolidated our four project sizes into two.

Small Projects at or under 75,000 sq ft - 100-350 images


Large Projects above 75,000 sq ft - 200-900 images

Pricing will not change for existing users. Upon renewal, prices will reflect the same prior residential and commercial amounts. For any questions, please email us at accounting@scanifly.com. 

 

Uploading Images to Scanifly is easy!

Before uploading your drone photos to Scanifly, you will want to make sure that you have access to a computer with a high speed internet connection. 

You also want to make sure that you do not upload any photos from our Do not upload these photos to Scanifly page and that all of your photos are geotagged.

We also recommend following the flight plan recommendations in the Example Residential Imagery and Example Commercial Imagery depending on your project size and photo count.

Photo Uploading Tips

- Ensure you have a stable and high speed internet connection
- Using a wired (ethernet cable) internet connection is recommended
- Upload images from your computer rather than directly from an SD card
- Use this Upload Time Calculator to estimate how long it will take you to upload your images to Scanifly.

1. My Projects page > "New Project" Button

Navigate to your my projects page and click on the "New Project" button.

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2. Add Customer Info

  • Enter your project name 
  • Enter your customer's information - you can upload a single drone image and it will automatically populate the address, latitude and longitude
  • If the yellow pin is not over the correct house, click and drag it to the correct location
  • Click Save & Continue

Customer Info - Info Complete

 

Customer Usage

The input field for consumption data is found in the "Usage" tab located next to the "Info" tab where the customer name and address are entered.

Customer usage information is not required to upload images.

 

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3. Project Info

  • Add any teammates that you would like to share this project with. It can also be updated at another time
  • You may also designate this project to a Folder at this point
  • Click Save & Continue

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4. Models

The "Models" tab is where you upload your drone images to Scanifly. After selecting the +New Model button, you will have two options for uploading images.

  • Drag your images from a folder you have open into the pop-up box, or select "My Device" within the menu in that box and find the images in your device
  • Select the Google Drive option in the pop-up box, log in to your account that has the images in it, and select all of images you would like to upload

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When Uploading from Google Drive

Images uploaded from Google Drive will not have viewable EXIF data prior to the project entering the processing stage.  This means that when you upload a data set from Drive, there will not be any yellow flight path dots showing you where each picture was taken on the map.  

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Once you have uploaded your images, a bounding box will appear, sized according to your subscription to Scanifly. 

The rest of this article is an in depth look at managing the images you have uploaded to Scanifly.  This can only be done if the images were uploaded from your device and not from Google Drive!

5. Image Location review

As long as you have uploaded the photos from your device and NOT from Google Drive, you should see your photo locations overlaid on the google base layer in the location that they were taken, based on the image metadata. 

You can visually check here to make sure the photos you took are showing up in the right location on the map.

image location review

6. Beware of Null Island!

If you notice a view like the one below, instead of the view above, you have images in your dataset that do not contain location metadata. These images are called "Null Island" images and will need to be removed from your dataset. "Null Island" images just have coordinates of (0,0) which happens to be a location off the coast of western Africa.

Typically these images are a result of the pilot flying before they had a full GPS lock or if they were flying in an environment where they lost GPS signal during the flight. It is not something caused by the Scanifly software or upload process.  You will need to review you all your images to see if all are impacted or just some. If all are impacted, a re-fly of the site will be necessary. If only some are impacted, you will want to remove them and upload the images with location metadata.

If you would like to learn more about geo-tagged images and how to resolve issues related to null islands, checkout our support article What is a geo-tagged image?

null island imagery

7. Image review and preview in the upload window

You can click on the yellow alignment dots outside of the bounding box in the upload window to bring up the name of the photo and a photo preview. If you need to delete an image within the bounding box, move the box with your cursor.

It is best to do this review outside of the Scanifly software on a computer before uploading to Scanifly, but if you notice any outlier photos be sure to remove them before uploading.



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8. Removing images from the dataset

You will see the list of images loaded. Simply select an image from the list or click on a yellow dot to highlight the image in the list. The trash can icon will turn red and you can then select it to delete an image. You may select multiple images at once for deleting.

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9. Adjusting Bounding Box

When adjusting your bounding box, be sure to include the entire area that you captured on site and that you would like to model in Scanifly. 

As you change the size of the bounding box, the project type will adjust accordingly. If you have found yourself with a Large project type, simply reduce the size of the bounding box to change it to a Small project type.

10. Rotate, Move and Resize the Bounding Box

Click the Rotate & Move Bounding Box Button to rotate and move the bounding box.

Rotate Move BB

Click the Resize Bounding Box to adjust the height and width of the bounding box.

Resize BB

Bounding box & photo alignment locations

The bounding box does not need to include all of the photo locations. The goal of the bounding box is to define the area that you want to reconstruct. It is best to make sure your entire site and surrounding shading obstructions are reconstructed, to make sure you get the most out of your Scanifly model.

 

11. Click Upload Project and wait for the progress bar to appear

Depending on your internet speed, the upload can take a few minutes or longer. See our System Requirements page for more information on recommended upload speed.

Leave the upload window open while the upload is in progress. Your upload has not completed until it has reached 100% and you see the window go away. If you have any problems with this step please contact our chat support for more assistance.

12. Wait for your project to finish processing

Typically Scanifly projects are finished processing well under 24 hours after uploading. If your project has been taking longer to process, take a look at this page.

Your projects is completed processing when you can see the Thumbnail image without the overlay "Processing" on it.