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Elevation Toolbox

How to get started with the Elevation Toolbox on DroneDeploy.

The Elevation Toolbox is a set of tools paired with a digital surface model used for measuring and understanding the elevation in 2D. These tools allow you to explore your data even more deeply through a perspective of the elevation and depth of each area of the map.

Getting the Elevation Toolbox

The elevation data on your map is taken from the embedded geotags on your images. The Elevation Toolbox is automatically generated when you upload your imagery to DroneDeploy.com.

How can I access it?

The Elevation Toolbox is available to all Pro, Business, and Enterprise customers. Learn more about our subscription plans or start your free Pro trial today.

If your data was processed while on the Explorer (Free) plan and does not have the Elevation Toolbox, it will need to be re-uploaded and processed to generate the elevation layers.

Using the Elevation Toolbox

By using the Elevation Toolbox, you can adjust the contrast to highlight variability within your map.

What is the elevation relative to?

Your elevation map is relative to the takeoff point of the drone. This means a negative area on your map is lower than your takeoff point.

To get started, select Elevation from the side panel at the left.

When you open your map from the dashboard, it will automatically be brought to the 2D map. Choose `Elevation` from the options on the data panel.

When you open your map from the dashboard, it will automatically be brought to the 2D map. Choose Elevation from the options on the data panel.

This will update the panel in the top left showing a histogram of the elevations of the data, and the data itself. Clicking on the histogram to the left brings up a new option.

Elevation Toolbox

Elevation Toolbox

There are several adjustable fields on the Elevation map: Range of values, color and intensity.

Editable options on the Elevation toolbox.

Editable options on the Elevation toolbox.

Color

You can select a different coloring by clicking the Color Dropdown. You have two option, Jet and Gray:

Viewing the elevation data in grayscale instead of the Jet color scheme.

Viewing the elevation data in grayscale instead of the Jet color scheme.

Intensity

You can also select different intensities of the shadows, from Low to Max, to emphasize depth:

Jet coloring with medium Intensity.

Jet coloring with medium Intensity.

Jet coloring with no Intensity.

Jet coloring with no Intensity.

Range of Values

The elevation histogram has a few different values. Using the bottom sliding bar, you can change the values presented on the map. The map will automatically update.

Adjust the range of the elevation presented using the handles at the bottom of the histogram.

Adjust the range of the elevation presented using the handles at the bottom of the histogram.

The top row of numbers is the area of the total map that falls within the range specified using the scale bar at the bottom.

The number at the top of the histogram presents the area of the map that falls within the range specified by handles at the bottom.

The number at the top of the histogram presents the area of the map that falls within the range specified by handles at the bottom.

Elevation Profile

Using the Distance tool within the Annotation & Measurement Toolbox, you can display the cross-section or elevation profile of your map.

The elevation profile is useful to:

  • Measure the height of certain features
  • Measure the slope of the line segment (height change / distance)
  • See if an area is flat/bumpy/sloped
Steps to display the elevation profile: 
1. Create a line using the distance tool. 2. Click on the line so you see the cross arrows. 
3.View the elevation profile in the map panel at the left.

Steps to display the elevation profile:

  1. Create a line using the distance tool. 2. Click on the line so you see the cross arrows.
    3.View the elevation profile in the map panel at the left.

Exporting the Elevation Map

After making sure you have the appropriate limits set in the histogram, you can export the elevation data by selecting the Elevation Layer within the Export tool.

You will see several formats to choose from, including Contours and Raw Elevation Values (DEM), if you are in the Business or Enterprise subscriptions.

Click on `Export`, select the `Elevation` Layer and choose the right file format that you want to export.

Click on Export, select the Elevation Layer and choose the right file format that you want to export.

Learn more about the different file formats available for export in our guide Data Export Formats.