At Skyward, our vision is to create an environment for drones that does away with app hopping and spreadsheets. We’ve all been there – you use one app to track your battery health, one to plan flights and get LAANC authorization, another to fly, still another to log your hours, and yet one more to process your data. There’s a better way, and we’re building a lot of it into the Skyward Aviation Management Platform.
To this end, a few months ago we announced a software integration with Pix4D, which enables Skyward customers to process drone data into 2D maps and 3D models from within the same Skyward Aviation Management Platform. It’s what we call the Plan, Fly, Process workflow, and it lets you manage your crews, schedules, documents, aircraft, sensors, and other hardware, in addition to checking airspace, weather, and getting LAANC authorizations, and flying your automated missions.
Now, you can use it to process your photogrammetric datasets as well. It’s already a powerful tool for Skyward users, and we’re still adding functionality like volume measurements and ground control points, the latter of which is coming online later this month!
Of course, many companies already have sophisticated mapping and modeling programs in place, or are planning specialized use cases that need capabilities which are not addressed by what is currently supported in Skyward. Fortunately, Skyward is a premier Pix4D reseller, so we can also provide our customers with the full power of Pix4D products.
Maybe you need a more flexible solution where you can add manual tie points, use custom camera models, or process thermal datasets and view a reflectance map. Or perhaps you need to inspect complex, vertical structures with 3D outputs for critical infrastructure management. Regardless of your application, Skyward offers this full suite of Pix4D solutions from large scale photogrammetry to emergency response mapping.
- PIX4Dmapper – The leading photogrammetry software used for professional drone mapping, PIX4Dmapper is the powerful, flexible photogrammetry software of choice for transforming your images into accurate and georeferenced digital spatial models.
- PIX4Dsurvey – For those who need to bridge the gap between photogrammetry and CAD, PIX4Dsurvey seamless merges photogrammetry point clouds and images, LiDAR, and third party point clouds in a single project. It offers optimized vectorization and the extraction of essential information such as bottom and top of curbs and catenaries with just a few clicks.
- PIX4Dmatic – This is next-generation photogrammetry software for large scale and corridor mapping. Designed to handle large datasets with ease, PIX4Dmatic meets today’s surveying and mapping challenges with streamlined processing and built-in templates for the most common workflows.
- PIX4Dreact – Designed for public safety and emergency response operators, PIX4Dreact creates 2D maps from drone images. It is fast, easy to use, affordable, and lightweight enough to run on any laptop in the field. PIX4Dreact is designed to give emergency response teams the insights they need when they need them the most.
- PIX4Dfields – Field mapping and aerial crop analysis for digital farming, PIX4Dfields is built with the input of farmers, agronomists, and breeders to make sure you get the fast and accurate maps you need while in the field, with a simple yet powerful interface fully dedicated to agriculture.
- PIX4Dinspect – Automate industrial inspection and asset management with drone images. PIX4Dinspect is a powerful online visual inspection and asset management tool that automatically transforms drone images into 3D models. These digital twins of industrial assets can be inspected in 3D, or in the original images, while artificial intelligence automatically highlights relevant information like automatic antenna detection (over point cloud), and extraction of an antenna’s height, dimensions, angles, azimuth, downtilt, and plumb.
- PIX4Dcloud – An online platform for drone mapping, progress tracking, and site documentation, PIX4Dcloud allows you to create 2D maps and 3D models to visualize and verify the as-built condition of your site. Repeated site surveys are compiled within one project and displayed on an intuitive timeline where they can be viewed, measured, annotated, shared, compared to CAD drawings, and exported to BIM software for further analysis.
Get in touch with us to discuss the problems you’re trying to solve, and we’ll connect you with the Pix4D data processing application that will give you the results you’re after.
I’ve worked in remote sensing, aerial imaging, and airborne data collection for over 30 years, plus I’ve trained hundreds of drone operators to gather effective, actionable aerial imagery — so I know how much of a value add this is for Skyward customers.
In fact, so many of my Skyward colleagues asked me for tips and best practices for collecting drone images to provide good maps and models that I ended up putting together a guide about it. After seeing how useful our internal teams found it, we decided to launch it to the world, so you can download it too.