Pixels to Points™: Easy Point Cloud Generation from Drone Images
When we have a new product release like the version 19 of the LiDAR Module that comes with the Pixels to Points™ tool, it’s always exciting to see that feature in action for the first time outside of the Blue Marble office. Our South and Central American reseller Laurent Martin from EngeSat was quick to try the new Pixels to Points tool for himself using drone data collected by his peer Fabricio Pondian.
The new Pixels to Points tool uses the principles of photogrammetry, generating high-density point clouds from overlapping images. It’s a functionality that makes the LiDAR Module a must-have addition to the already powerful Global Mapper, especially for UAV experts.
Below, screenshots captured by Laurent illustrate the simple step-by-step process of creating a point cloud using the Pixels to Points tool and some basic point cloud editing using other LiDAR Module tools.
1. Loading drone images into the LiDAR Module
2. Calculating the point cloud from loaded images
3. Viewing the generated point cloud
4. Classifying the point cloud
5. Creating an elevation grid and contours from the point cloud
A quick and easy process
In just a few steps, Laurent was able to create a high-density point cloud from 192 images, reclassify the points, and create a Digital Terrain Model. It’s a prime example of how easy version 19 of the LiDAR Module and the new Pixels to Points tool are to use. Check out EngeSat’s full article on the release of LiDAR Module.