DroneDeploy

Overlay CAD Files with DroneDeploy

Use CAD overlays within DroneDeploy to check progress against plan drawings, grading vs. actual elevation, spotting health and safety issues, annotating delivery route planning and many other use cases.

The overlay tool allows you to easy import and overlay data layers right within the DroneDeploy interface — letting you quickly compare actual site conditions to other spatial information like design plans and utility maps. You can orient and overlay construction site plans like CAD drawings on top of your drone maps. This allows you to check progress against plan drawings, grading vs. actual elevation, spotting health and safety issues, annotating delivery route planning and many other use cases.

Overlays Availability

The overlays feature is availlable to customers on DroneDeploy's Business and Enterprise plans.

How to Add Overlays to Your DroneDeploy Map

1) Add Your PDF Drawing or PNG Image

Click the “Add” button, select a single page PDF document or PNG image with a transparent background, and then drag the two markers to align the image using recognizable features on the map.

Don’t have a PDF of your plan?

AutoCAD and other CAD software can export your plan or drawings as transparent PDFs for import into DroneDeploy.

2) Align Your Overlay

Drag the two markers to align the image using recognizable features on the map.

3) Add Any Additional Overlays (if necessary)

You are able to add multiple plans to the same map and show or hide different layers.

4) Overlay Complete

A final overlay over the map.

A final overlay over the map.

Viewing overlays in the Elevation mode can provide many insights.

Viewing overlays in the Elevation mode can provide many insights.

5) Export your Overlay!

You can now generate a raster orthomosaic with the overlay included. To do so, please make sure that the Overlay is enabled on your map data page.