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Exporting Your Data

DroneDeploy makes it easy to quickly export your data from cloud to your desktop for integration with third party tools. Here's how...

We want to make it easy to incorporate your DroneDeploy data with your existing workflows. To help with this, we've built some fantastic export options to suit your needs.

This document will walk you through the different ways you can export data from DroneDeploy.

A couple quick notes before we start:

Exporting data is not part of the Explorer (free) membership plan

You must upgrade to the Pro, Business, or Premier (formerly Precision), or Enterprise plan to enable exports.

You can't export maps which have been shared with you unless you have created an Organization

We have restricted the ability to export data that someone has shared with you - this means you have full control of your data when sharing.

If you want to share the exports with a colleague or client, add their email address in the share popup.

Note: Customers within an Organization can export data from shared maps.

See our FAQ section for more common answers to questions.

Overview

Our Pro, Business or Premier (formerly Precision), and customers can export all DroneDeploy layers in a few different formats. Some of these layers are more customizable than others in terms of what exports are available.

All exports are accessed in the same way:

  1. Select a layer
  2. Press Export
  3. (If customizable) Select export options

Once we've generated the export layers, an email will arrive in your inbox with a secure link to download your data. The export process is usually complete within a few minutes, but may be longer for very large maps.

Custom layers can be changed according to your specifications, and static layers are predetermined.

The custom exports allow you to:

  • Reduce map resolution
  • Specify a different co-ordinate/projection system
  • Manipulate the data (e.g. cropping or using the Plant Health map)

The layers which support Custom exports are:

  • 2D
  • Elevation
  • Plant Health

The Static layers are:

  • 3D Models
  • Point Clouds

Let's walk through the two types of exports (static and custom) to get a feel for what you can expect from each:

1. Static Exports

For some layers, we don't yet support in-browser manipulation of the data. As more advanced tools are added to these layers in the coming months, expect customized options to appear, but for now these layers are immediately delivered to your inbox exactly as they appear in-browser.

What layers are treated as "static"?

The current static export layers are:

  1. 3D Model
  2. Point Cloud

How are static exports useful?

Static exports are immediately delivered to your inbox, allowing you to quickly load 3D models and point clouds directly into whatever third party tools you prefer.

How do I export these layers?

Using the example from the overview, select the 3D Model layer from the sidebar.

Now, clicking the Export button will bring up options on the left.

You can select which 3D layer to export (Full 3D Model, or Point Cloud), from the drop-down menu, and specify your email address:

Once you've entered your information and exported, you will see the confirmation below.

For the other static layers, the process is just as simple: just fill in your email address and we'll send the data to you immediately.

If DroneDeploy adds new layers that don't yet have customization options, you can expect to see the modal above.

So, I'm done?

Yep! Static exports are usually processed very quickly, so open your email account and you should get an email from us with the link to your data! Scroll down below for information about the export email.

2. Custom Exports

For layers that have in-browser tools on DroneDeploy.com, we have more knobs to play with when exporting. Since these require some processing, they tend to take a bit longer than the static exports. But generally, for smaller maps, you can expect the export within a few minutes.

What layers support custom exports?

The current list of custom exportable layers are:

  1. 2D
  2. Elevation
  3. Plant Health

How do I do a custom export?

Just as before, start by selecting the layer you wish to export. For this example we'll use the Elevation map on the Goat Rock example above:

Using the in-browser analysis tools, you can adjust the map to get it to look exactly how it should in export. These settings will be retained in the final data export.

Goat Rock with adjusted settings.

Goat Rock with adjusted settings.

Once you're satisfied with adjustments, click Export. Once you click the Export button, a modal will pop up with a few more options than on the Static layer. Here, we can specify

Resolution
Projection
Single Image or Tiles
File Type

Contours

Business, Premier, and Enterprise accounts can also export elevation data as Contours.

Let's go over the options:

Resolution

Based on your account settings, you can export at Native, 5, 10, 20, or 50cm/px resolution. The higher the resolution, the longer the export email will take and the larger the final download.

If you're concerned about final file size or processing/download time, it may make sense to reduce resolution to 50cm/pixel.

Projection

DroneDeploy currently supports two coordinate systems, or projections, for your exports. These projections determine how your 2D image "projects" onto a 3D Earth:

  1. WGS84 - A standard latitude/longitude/altitude projection that is useful if your third-party tool is expecting lat/lng/alt data. It is also referred to as "EPSG 4326". Read more about it on Wikipedia.
  2. Web Mercator - This coordinate system is used by Google Earth, MapBox, Bing Maps, etc. It represents coordinates in meters from Earth's center, rather that lat/lng's. If you want to import your images into Google Earth or another web viewer, use this setting! It is also referred to as "EPSG 3857". Read more about it on Wikipedia. When exporting in this setting, you will also receive the .KML file used by Google Earth to easily view your data in Google Earth.

Email

Here you can list several emails to receive the downloadable link. If you're sending data to a client, you may want to specify your email as well so that you have a record of what data they've received.

Single Image?

By default, this box is checked, and it will ensure you receive one image for the entire map.

If you're concerned the map will be too large to process as a single image on your computer, uncheck this box, and you will receive the data as a set of tiles. That way, you can load the tiles selectively in a way that is manageable for your setup.

File Type

Choose GeoTIFF or Shapefile Exports for further analysis, or JPG Exports for easy printing and viewing.

Once you're happy with your selections, press Export, and you'll see a confirmation at the bottom of the screen.

Are we done?

Yep! An email should arrive in your inbox shortly! If you've requested a larger job (hundreds of images, ~500MB of data or more), it could take half an hour to an hour. Have a coffee, check out our blog- your email will be there for you in a bit!

Exports arrive in your Inbox

Once your export has been processed, you will receive an email from DroneDeploy Exporter:

Clicking the "download here" will automatically launch the download of your export .zip to your machine. Additionally, there is a link to start a conversation with support if something doesn't look right with your map.

Links will expire after 30 days

These links will be valid for 30 days, and then will expire. You can generate new links by going through the same process.

Check spam filter

Please be sure to make sure your email will allow you to receive emails from exports@dronedeploy.com , or you will not be able to access your data. This is particularly relevant for customers with custom email domains.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can people I share my map with export data?
A: No. Only the owner of the map can generate exports for that map. If you want to share an export - just add their email address in the export popup.

Q. I didn't get an email with my export?
A: Sometimes these end up in spam folders, double check those. We're working to fix that. Also, some large maps can take an hour or so, so check back shortly!

Where to from here?

Now that you have your data, learn more about Importing Data from DroneDeploy

Exporting Your Data

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