Calibrate Elevation

How to use the Calibrate tool to adjust the elevation data in your DroneDeploy map

Calibrate Elevation Access

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Understanding Elevation Data

Elevation maps within DroneDeploy are created using standard geo-referenced information embedded in your drone imagery. The elevation data displayed is the absolute elevation in WGS 84.

However, the elevation data from the drone can have some error due to the error in the drone's GPS and variations in barometric pressure, which DJI also uses to assess altitude. To correct this error or to view your elevation data in a different ellipsoid, you can use Elevation Calibration to enter the known elevation at a point to correct the elevations within your map. Continue reading this doc to learn how.

Learn more about elevation and accuracy

Please take a look at our Elevation Toolbox guide to learn more about DroneDeploy's elevation map.

For most accurate results, we recommend processing your map with Ground Control Points.

Important notice for maps processed before April 18, 2019

Prior to April 18, 2019, DroneDeploy used relative elevation data when processing maps, rather than the absolute elevation. This means that for older maps processed before this date, elevations are not expressed relative to WGS 84 global elevation but rather expressed as feet or meters above or below the takeoff point of the drone. If you would like to adjust the elevations of these older maps to match those of newer maps, you can do so by calibrating elevation.

Calibrate Elevation Data within DroneDeploy

In this tutorial, we'll be looking at the Example Data from the How to Process Datasets documentation.

  • To start, click on the map info button on the side panel.
  • Then, select Calibrate under the Map Tools section.
  • Drag the calibration icon to a point on the map where you know the elevation. This could be a GCP marker, take-off point, or another recognizable point/feature on the map for which you know the elevation.
  • Finally, enter the known elevation of the point in the custom elevation bar, and click Calibrate.

You'll see a confirmation message at the bottom of the screen confirming that the elevation map has been updated.

All elevation data associated with the map will be adjusted using the difference between the default elevation and the entered calibration elevation of that specific point. The results would be reflected in the elevation histograms, elevation visualizations, measurements, and exports.

Calibrate a Ground Controi Points map

If you have processed a map with GCPs, you can also calibrate the elevation values after the GCP processing.This may be necessary if you have processed your map in a coordinate system that uses a different base ellipsoid (common in the UK and Australia). Please review our Processing GCPs with DroneDeploy guide to learn how to add GCP to your DroneDeploy maps.

Remove the Calibration

To remove the calibration and return to the default elevation values, click on the trashcan icon next.

A confirmation message will show up confirming that your elevation calibration has been removed.

Enjoy your calibrated elevation map!

Updated 11 months ago

Calibrate Elevation

How to use the Calibrate tool to adjust the elevation data in your DroneDeploy map

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