Upload Drone Photos and Request Deliverables
Follow these procedures to upload your drone photos and request deliverables based on those photos.
NOTE: You must have an account and login to the Firmatek Cloud to upload drone photos and request deliverables.
1. Prepare the Drone Photos and Other Files for Upload
Transfer drone photos to device. Transfer the drone photo files to the device/computer you will use to upload. Typically, this procedure will go as follows but might depend on the exact drone you are using:
a. After flight, remove SD card from drone
b. Put card into a USB adapter and plug into an internet-connected computer
c. Copy/cut and paste the files from the SD card / adapter onto the computer in a location you will remember.
Check the drone photos. If you haven't already done this, conduct a quick quality check of photos for missing areas, blurriness and/or washout. See Uploading Data to Firmatek for more information.
- Prepare GCP File (if applicable). Prepare your ground control point (GCP) file if you have used ground control points (aerial markers) and Firmatek does not have them on file. Create a csv spreadsheet file in this format. The first row should have the following headings:
a. First column: GCP_ID
b. Second column: Easting
c. Third Column: Northing
d. Fourth Column: Elevation
Then there should be a row for each GCP with the following information:
a. First column: Enter GCP ID which should be whatever name you have given each point, or Firmatek gave it if we set the ground control point markers. A default system could be like this: GCP1, GCP2, GCP3, etc.
b. Second column: Easting
c. Third column: Northing
d. Fourth column: Elevation
If the numbers in this file are not in your local state plane, using the appropriate unit of measurement (such as US survey feet), please let Firmatek know what system to use.
2. LOG IN. Log into the Firmatek Cloud (see Login to the Firmatek Cloud)
3. Start the Upload Process. Click on upload icon on the header.
This will bring you to the Drone Photo Upload Panel.
4. Select Photos for Upload. Select and upload your drone photos using one of these methods:
1. You can use the browsing interface to select files:
a. Click on “browse your files”
b. Use the browsing interface that appears to navigate to the folder with your drone photos.
c. Select the photo files. You can select multiple photos using your choice of a few optional methods:
i. Click on the Organize drop down and click on "Select All"
ii. Or select the first photo, then scroll down and shift select the last photo
iii. Or select the first photo, then hold the control key while you select all the other photos to upload. You can also hold the control key to remove files one at a time from your selection.
iv. If, for some reason, you did not select all of the photos you need to upload either by accident or because you have more photo files in another folder, do not worry, you will have a chance to upload more photos shortly.
v. Click on Open
2. You can drag and drop the files onto the drone photo upload panel.
5. Once you have done this, the following will happen:
- The photos will upload.
- As they upload, you will see a thumbnail of each image in the upload panel. When each photo file has uploaded completely to our server, a green checkmark will appear in the corner.
- A progress bar appears at the top of the upload panel with text “Uploading X of Y”.
- Additionally, as soon as the photo set starts uploading, the map canvas will pan and zoom to show a marker for each drone photo in the appropriate location on the map.
6. Add more photos if necessary. At this point you may select more photo files to add to the upload. Simply repeat the proceed above to browse or drag-and-drop more files. If you choose to drag the files, you must drag them right onto the bottom part of the upload panel where it says “drag and drop here.”
7. Quality Checks. This is a good point at which to make some quality checks.
- Check photo quality. You can check the quality of the drone photos if you have not already done this or you want to do it again. Click on a photo thumbnail to see it in more detail.
- Check Flight Coverage. Look at the photo markers on the map canvas and ensure you flew all of your target survey area - if there are any gaps or missing areas you (a) may not have uploaded all of the photos or (b) your flight plan may not have been designed to cover the desired area (e.g., you may have used an old flight plan or similar).
8. Proceed with Upload Process or Cancel.
- Click NEXT to proceed. You need a minimum of 6 photos in order to proceed. This will take you to the Upload Information Form.
- Or click Cancel to Abort. Please note that if you cancel, you will have to upload your drone photos again next time.
9. COMPLETE THE UPLOAD INFORMATION FORM. Enter the following information to request your deliverables:
- Survey Date: Enter the date of the drone flight. IMPORTANT NOTE: This will default to today’s date so be sure to change it if you flew on an earlier date.
- Site: Be sure to select the correct site here. If you do not see the site on the dropdown list, immediately send an email to email@example.com from your work email with the subject “Need new site immediately for drone upload” and include the following information:
- Information for the New Sites to Be Created
- Site name as you want it to appear
- Street address
- Location (if not exactly at the street address)
- Name of the intermediate organization/level, such as "Western Division", see the glossary and P54 for more information about this
- List of users who should have access to the site
- Their full names
- Their work email address
- Person Authorizing the access (if not you)
- Full name
- Email address
- Phone number (so we can call if we have questions)
- Make a note that this needs to be created immediately so you can upload drone photos.
- Drone ID: please enter the Firmatek drone ID from the label; it is typically an alphanumeric code like ABC 123. We need this to make sure we use the correct camera calibration settings during our processing and analysis. Also, when there are data issues this helps us narrow down the cause if they are all coming from one particular drone.
- Correction Method: Tell us what method you used to ensure accurate GPS data in your drone data.
- GCP - select this if you flew over permanent ground control points. Be sure that Firmatek has the coordinates of these. If not, be sure to upload the GCP file in the next step.
- AeroPoints - select this if you flew over AeroPoints or a mix of AeroPoints and GCPs.
- RTK Base Station - select this if you are using a Phantom 4 RTK or similar drone that makes GPS corrections via an RTK base station.
- None- select this if none of the options apply
- Add GCP Information: if you need to send us your ground control point coordinates, click the button and browse your computer to find the csv file. You can only upload one file, so if you upload a second file, it will override any previous files you may have selected here.
- Check the deliverables that you would like created from your drone data. You must select at least one. You will be invoiced (or charged credits) for each deliverable based on your service agreement with Firmatek.
- Contact Person: Please enter the following information for the right person to contact if there are any questions about the drone photo upload or deliverable request.
- Name (required)
- Phone (required) please also enter an extension if applicable.
- Email (required)
- Captured By (Primary Pilot) (required): Please provide the name of the primary drone pilot of this flight for record-keeping purposes. In the future, pilots will get points for the number of flights they conduct and upload.
Notes (optional): Enter any details or custom requests. Please type anything you want to tell us about your drone data, GCP file, or deliverable request.
10. To submit the photos and upload form to us, click Save
1. This will take you to one of the deliverables that you requested, typically the orthophoto, but there is no data there yet.
2. You will get a notification within the Firmatek Cloud and via email when the deliverable(s) are posted and ready for you to view.
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