(my image: 2015)

Yesterday, I finally felt happy enough with my first mapping experiments to share my ideas, experiences and results with you. I was a little bit apprehensive at first; the prospect of adding gps location information to a non-gps camera seemed too daunting a task for me. But I persevered and got results. I'm starting to love and rely on Mission Planner more & more these days. It's just got so much tucked away in there.

(Google earth: 2003)

Anyway, if you would like to read and see what I managed to create please take a look at my blog here: http://dalybulge.blogspot.co.uk/

With my new ability to have gps referenced photos, I learned that it is possible to attempt 3D mapping (using a trial of Agisoft).

However, my computer didn't enjoy the experience. It basically collapsed on the couch, opened a beer, and told me to take a hike. I don't blame it as it was new in 2003.

There is a sweet little infographic on the blog I discovered earlier in the week:

Please let me know some thoughts, and possibilities. I'd be very grateful for input & improvement.
Thanks for reading.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 23, 2015 at 6:58am

Great work as ever Ben

Comment by Julien Dubois on April 23, 2015 at 10:40am

Great job and blog post!

Do you think it's possible to extract images from a video?

Comment by James Slizewski on April 23, 2015 at 11:11am

Great post and I enjoyed reading your blog. Great ideas!

Comment by benbojangles on April 23, 2015 at 11:20am

here's my image set for my first georeferenced attempt: link here

I'd really like to see if anyone with a decent computer/workstation can process it using high mesh settings + dense point cloud. I could only manage low, and also not able to save.

I'll eventually figure out how to georef the whole area. 

Comment by benbojangles on April 23, 2015 at 11:34am

@Julien - You can extract images from video, or just use the video in Ms ICE . Of course the image/video will not be geotagged, so not 3D.

Comment by János Mészáros on April 23, 2015 at 1:41pm

@ Ben

I'll process your images tomorrow on my notebook or using our Photoscan cluster, maybe overkill for your 16 photos.

Comment by Samuel Mi on April 23, 2015 at 7:35pm

@Ben

looks interesting. but, seems like i can't have access to that link (http://dalybulge.blogspot.co.uk/) to your blog. so, here's some questions to your project as described around here:

1> what drone is used to get mapping on the air?

2> how does it work to map during flight?

Comment by benbojangles on April 23, 2015 at 11:31pm

@Samuel Mi - Has the Great firewall of China blocked my DIY tutorials?????

Comment by benbojangles on April 23, 2015 at 11:37pm

@ János - Thankyou. Impressive that people have access to clusters and renderfarms :) I'm hoping to remap the area anytime later this year. There's also a cool quarry close by which might display mesh depth a little more dramatically.

For interest, the quarry area is here

Comment by Julien Dubois on April 23, 2015 at 11:38pm

Hi ben, thaks for reply.

I did a quick test with Agisoft trial some weeks ago, with just 90 images of a 5 hectare area, with no GPS geotag.

And the software was able to make a 3D model of the zone, not very accurate due to few raw data but the feature was obvioulsy there.

Using a video is very interesting as you can perform such mapping even if you don't have a trigger for the camera!!

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