Benefits of Cloud-based Photogrammetry Software

Surveygyaan
5 min readJun 5, 2023

Photogrammetry is the technology of creating 3D models, orthomosaics, point clouds, or other geospatial data from a series of overlapping photographs or images. With photogrammetry, you can measure and model the real world with a camera. Photogrammetry is used in the military, construction, land surveying, real estate, etc.

Figure 1: Photogrammetry Software aligning surveyed area photos

Photogrammetry extracts geometric information from a two-dimensional image. You can create a three-dimensional image by combining several images. Photogrammetry is the process of creating a 3D scan of an object by combining multiple images. It is possible to create a 3D model of an object by taking several pictures of the object from various angles to obtain a complete representation of the object. With the help of a simple smartphone, tablet, or camera, you can capture photos.

Figure 2: 3D Model of an object created from taking pictures from different angles

What is a photogrammetry software?

Photogrammetry software is a computer program that provides the tools for performing photogrammetric measurements, such as loading photos from your camera and producing accurate measurements, maps, and models from those photos. In drone technology, photogrammetry sensors are typically high-resolution cameras that take pictures from various angles while flying over the area of interest. A 3D point cloud of the terrain or object is then produced by stitching together these images using specialized software. This point cloud can then be further processed to create a full 3D model, allowing anyone to view it from any angle as if they were physically holding it in their hands. The software to process these images can be desktop or cloud-based.

Figure 3: Photogrammetry Software

Cloud-Based Photogrammetry Software

Cloud-based photogrammetry software refers to applications that leverage cloud computing resources for processing and storing data related to photogrammetry. Cloud-based survey software makes it easier for companies to create surveys and receive responses quickly, making the entire process cost-effective. Compared to locally based solutions, cloud-based survey software doesn’t require a particular computer as it can be used online using a web browser.

Salient Features of cloud-based photogrammetry Software

  • Data Upload: Users can upload their images or datasets to the cloud platform for processing. The software may support various image formats and offer tools for organizing and managing the data.
  • Data Processing: The cloud-based software uses powerful computational resources in the cloud to perform photogrammetric processing tasks. These tasks include feature extraction, image matching, triangulation, dense point cloud generation, and mesh reconstruction.
  • Automation and Optimization: Cloud-based photogrammetry software often includes automated processes and optimization algorithms to streamline the photogrammetric workflow. These features help improve the accuracy and efficiency of data processing.
  • Visualization and Analysis: The software lets users visualize and analyze the photogrammetric results once the processing is complete. This may include viewing 3D models, orthomosaics, digital surface models, and point clouds, measuring distances, area, and volumes, and extracting specific information from the data.
  • Collaboration and Sharing: Cloud-based platforms often provide collaboration features, allowing multiple users to access and work on the same datasets simultaneously. They also enable sharing and distribution of processed data through online galleries, sharing links, or embeddable viewers.

Pros

  • Cost-effective: Cloud-based photogrammetry software follows a subscription-based pricing model, allowing users to pay for what they need when needed. This eliminates the need for significant upfront investments and provides more predictable costs.
  • Time-saving: Cloud platform reduces risk and automates manual tasks.
  • Accessibility: Cloud-based software allows users to access their photogrammetry tools and projects from anywhere with an internet connection. This flexibility benefits remote collaboration, fieldwork, or accessing projects on different devices.
  • High accuracy and detail: Cloud Photogrammetry software can produce highly accurate and detailed 3D models and point clouds with high-resolution images and appropriate processing techniques.
  • Flexibility and scalability: Photogrammetry software offers flexibility regarding the type of imagery it can process, such as aerial or ground-based photos, and can handle large datasets. Cloud-based solutions often offer scalable processing power and storage. You can easily handle large datasets and complex projects without investing in expensive hardware upgrades.
  • Storage and Data Security: The data can be accessed anytime, anywhere since the data is stored in the cloud. There is no risk of losing the data.
  • Collaboration: Cloud-based platforms enable real-time collaboration and data sharing among team members or stakeholders. Multiple users can simultaneously work on the same project, facilitating efficient teamwork and feedback exchange.
  • Automatic Updates: Cloud-based software providers can release updates and improvements seamlessly without requiring users to install them manually. This ensures users can access the latest features and enhancements without additional effort.
  • Integration: All outputs can be downloaded and exported to third-party CAD and GIS software for further analysis.

Cons

  • Internet Dependency: Cloud-based software heavily relies on internet connectivity. If you have a slow or unreliable internet connection, it can hinder your ability to upload and process large image datasets efficiently.
  • Data Security: Storing data in the cloud may raise concerns about data security and privacy. It’s essential to ensure that the chosen cloud provider has robust security measures and complies with industry standards and regulations.
  • Data Transfer and Upload Times: Uploading large image datasets to the cloud can be time-consuming, particularly if you have limited bandwidth. This process may introduce delays before you can start processing your photogrammetry projects.
  • Limited Offline Functionality: Cloud-based software generally requires an internet connection to access and use the tools. If you work in an area with limited connectivity, you may be unable to work on your projects or access your data.
  • Dependency on Service Provider: When using cloud-based software, you depend on the service provider’s availability and performance. Any downtime or technical issues on their end can impact your ability to work on your projects.

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This article has provided an overview of the concept of photogrammetry. I hope that this article has helped you gain insights into the workings of this technology.

With its fast-growing adoption, photogrammetry is sure to change the way we capture and use data for various applications in the future.

Thank you for reading.

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SurveyGyaan is an educational initiative under the Surveyaan brand, which is a subsidiary of Nibrus Technologies Private Limited. Surveyaan specializes in drone manufacturing and the development of photogrammetry software.

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