DroneDeploy

What Does My Data Mean?

A guide to understanding the data products of your DroneDeploy maps.

After you upload your imagery to DroneDeploy, our powerful processing software removes distortion and stitches individual photos together to create georeferenced mosaics.

Below is an explanation of each of the layers of your DroneDeploy map:

2D Map
Plant Health: NDVI layers
Elevation
3D Model

Layers Vary by Subscription

For more information on what data layers are available with each DroneDeploy plan, please see here.

2D Map

You can think of the 2D orthomosaic map as a birds-eye view of your area of interest.

2D map example with annotations tools emphasized.

2D map example with annotations tools emphasized.

Making the most of your map

The cropping and annotation tools, shown in red above, allow you to edit your map, measure distance, area, and volume, or make notes for later reference.

Explore Maps of the Same Location

You can now easily explore maps between multiple maps in a location by clicking forward and back arrows to move to next and previous maps. This functionality is available to all users with maps in the same location.

When you view a map of a location that has been mapped multiple times, you will see forward and back arrows and a calendar date picker. Just click the forward button to move to the next map in time and the back button to view the previous map.

When you view a map of a location that has been mapped multiple times, you will see forward and back arrows and a calendar date picker. Just click the forward button to move to the next map in time and the back button to view the previous map.

Plant Health

Analyzing your NDVI Data

We've developed the Plant Health layer to intelligently display your data for informed decision making. Please visit our Plant Health documentation for an explanation of how to use these tools and read this map.

NDVI layers

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is a respected index for assessing vegetation health. If imagery is taken with a compatible camera, each pixel is assigned a color value within a range based on the formula that measures the relationship between bands of light. For more information, please see our explanation of NDVI Cameras for Drones.

NDVI on non-Near Infrared imagery

The Plant Health layer is automatically generated on all Pro, Business, and Enterprise accounts. This includes free trials of the Pro plan.

However, the Precision Ag Package includes advanced plant health algorithms for data captured using a modified Near-Infrared camera. Though not a true NDVI map, this can give an overall impression of differences in vegetation vs. inorganic material such as roads or buildings.

Elevation

The elevation layer provides the digital surface model information used to measure and understand the elevations of your map. Please click here for a full explanation of the Elevation toolbox.

3D Model

The 3D model layer is a great interactive tool that visualizes your area of interest in a different space.

Image Capture for 3D models

Incorporating imagery from different angles is crucial for producing good quality 3D models. See our 3D modeling guide here.