Having the ability to view all of the air photos captured by a UAV is very useful. The vertical photos are used to create the orthophoto, but what about the oblique photos? Luckily, the obliques can be viewed in ArcMap with the Flyeye addin program.
We attended the Intergeo 2014 event in Berlin, Germany and demo’d Flyeye to several interested groups. Intergeo is the largest “geo / remote sensing” event in the world.
Flyeye was demonstrated to several groups at the International Lidar Mapping Forum in Denver, Colorado. The appeal of the software is:
- air photo data can be integrated easily
- the software is easy to use
- has some useful features and tools (like measuring abilities)
- is inexpensive
Vector files can now viewed in the same window as the oblique photos. This is a major advancement as each oblique view has a unique map projection (due to the photo angle) and now supports vector files to be accurate overlaid the oblique air photo. This feature is a major advancement as the vector files are properly projected over all the photos.
We have developed Flyeye to work with ESRI ArcMap version10 and added some minor detail improvements. ESRI changed from plugins to addins in version 10. Flyeye was rewritten in vb.net to support the new changes with ArcMap10.
Flyeye Standalone program has been developed. All existing Flyeye ArcGIS plugin features have been incorporated, including the option to overlay vector data. Unfortunately the Standalone version is developed using open source software and some of the functionality is limited. The Standalone version will remain in beta version until the display speed improves.
Screenshot of the standalone program. This image is an example of a single window of oblique imagery. Multiple windows are possible (if needed).
Flyeye works with Trackair Midas oblique camera imagery.
This version of the software allows users to display photos captured of a linear feature (like a coastline or corridor). All of the photos are seamlessly integrated, so that any location on the map that the user selects , the appropriate air photo is displayed.
Reconnaissance aerial photos can be captured from small aircraft photo windows.
A photo viewing program was developed for viewing air photos taken from ANY orientation (vertical, low oblique, high oblique, reconnaissance). The viewer was developed as an ArcView plugin as ESRI is the world’s most common GIS.