Drones and Data

Data Workflow


As the saying goes, good data in, good data out. Each project begins with flying the drone to collect the raw data for processing.


Raw data is then processed into a final deliverable such as a 2-D map, or a 3-D model. These deliverables can then be analyzed.


Processed data is analyzed to learn real-world information about the area the drone covered, like plant health or terrain height.

How Drone Data is Captured

Aerial-based photogrammetry can trace its roots back to the 1940’s. While the current methods are virtually the same, the tools have completely changed. As the drone flies along, its intelligent imaging payload ensures that there is overlap between each image it collects, in both forward motion and across neighboring flight lines. This overlap allows the processing software to match features in multiple images.

Forward Overlap

The measure from one picture to the next in the direction of travel. This requires a payload to take pictures faster than the drone can fly, and a drone stable enough to keep from being pushed forward in the wind, making gaps.


The measure of efficiency. More sidelap means more flight lines, more flight lines mean longer flights and more money out the door. This requires a drone that can stay in the air longer and cover as much ground as possible in a single photo.


Once the forward overlap and sidelap are defined in the software, the drone automatically builds the flight plan and configures the payload to maximize efficiency. Using these traditional photogrammetry methods, drones can intelligently fly over large areas of land and collect high-resolution images along each flight line. If an area is too large for one flight, data from multiple flights can be merged and processed together.

Altavian data works with all processing programs

Altavian is dedicated to providing the highest-quality geospatial data available while striving to conform to as many software programs as possible. We consistently test new software platforms, processing methods, and file formats to remain as customer-focused as possible. Regardless of what industry you are in or what software you use, Altavian remains dedicated to open geospatial standards and all file types.

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