Drone Image Processing and Analysis Software

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PCI Geomatics is a leading developer of drone image processing software for drones and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). 

PCI Geomatics’ sophisticated software packages are the standard for a wide variety of industries and applications, including oil and gas, agriculture, security and intelligence, and environmental studies. Our image processing and data analysis tools provide scalable solutions for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production, mosaicking and more.

We offer scalable aerial image processing software solutions to cover all levels of requirements, large or small. Our Geomatica image analysis software is ideal for desktop users and can also be utilised with Python-based workflows for automated batch processing. For high-volume processing, our GXL package provides unlimited scalability for operations of any size.

Software for drone image processing and data analysis

Geomatica Banff – Professional Drone Image Analysis Software

Geomatica image analysis softwareAdvanced drone image processing and orthoproducts

Geomatica Banff is the latest release of our flagship Geomatica image analysis software, a leading solution for advanced processing and analysis of geospatial data from drones and aerial imagery.

Geomatica Banff image analysis software

Geomatica Banff features the ability to utilise automated batch processing, Python-based chained workflows and custom workflow integration for data and object-based image analysis. The versatility of Geomatica Banff offers not only end-to-end photogrammetric processing, but also enables the development of streamlined and repeatable classification applications.

Utilizing object-based feature extraction tools in Geomatica Banff, users can create training models from multiple locations to intelligently classify and extract features from temporal stacks that span multiple geographic areas. Users can be confident in extracting rapid, consistent and accurate results every time.

Wingtra UAV image (2 cm GSD) – automated object-based extraction of roof solar panels (red)

Specialized drone image processing functionality

Geomatica Banff provides a host of processing and editing tools to deliver the highest-quality results from your UAV and drone aerial survey data. Automatic reading of EXIF tag information provides initial orientation, altitude and image position, and feature-based matching (FBM) technology and other powerful algorithms generate networks of well-distributed point data to improve relative and absolute accuracy.

Geomatica Banff incorporates sophisticated DEM (digital elevation model) Extraction algorithms using semi-global matching (SGM), providing better results in difficult extraction areas and reducing the need for follow-on editing and quality control.

Where DEM editing is required, users can take advantage of fast, efficient real-time methods, providing instant previews and allowing real-time ortho updating before committing to the full processing. The final mosaic can also be edited with the Smart Geofill tool, allowing users to fix artifacts with on-the-fly colour balancing and exposure correction. Smart Geofill also allows easy correction of unwanted image aspects by pasting pixels from the original ortho.

Digital surface models (DSMs) can be used for automated generation of true-orthorectified products, eliminating the need for time-consuming manual building digitization. Seamless mosaics can be created with the specialized Automatic Mosaicking Tool.

Over 550 different Geomatica algorithms are available for drone image analysis and feature extraction, providing vegetation-index creation, change detection and more.

Wingtra UAV image (2 cms GSD) – 1:1 Digital Surface Model (DSM) and DSM True Ortho product

Drone image analysis software for multi-industry applications

The Geomatica Banff comprehensive aerial image processing software is ideal for a wide variety of UAV and drone aerial imagery applications across a broad range of industries:

  • Precision Agriculture: utilise multiple-sensor data sources to efficiently monitor crop production
  • Wide-Area Mapping: produce and edit high-accuracy maps
  • Resource Exploration and Prospecting: use drone remote sensing data to provide structural mapping and lineament analysis for oil and gas exploration
  • Other applications include: real estate, disaster management, forestry utility management, urban planning and more.

GXL – Mosaic & 3D Image Production Software

High-volume scalable drone image processing

GXL - Mosaic Drone Image Processing Software

GXL is a powerful high-volume geospatial image processing software package for both high-resolution drone and aerial imagery and commercially available satellite imagery. It takes full advantage of all available computing resources, whether a single server or a large distributed network server system, providing unlimited scalability for any size operation.

State-of-the-art algorithms and automated image processing

Featuring the same powerful algorithms and versatile workflows as Geomatica Banff, GXL can be used to produce high-accuracy wide-area mosaics and elevation models on a vast scale, including entire countries.

GXL’s multi-sensor capable mosaic tool combines processing of aerial and drone remote sensing data with automated colour-balancing technology to create seamless mosaics.

All tools in the GXL workflow can be accessed using intuitive Python-based APIs, allowing you to seamlessly integrate GXL functionality with your own in-house tools. Custom workflows can be monitored remotely via a web-based interface, and versatile automatic load-balancing options allow you to distribute work across an unlimited number of connected hardware nodes.

DEM artefacts and errors can be fixed on-the-fly with efficient hybrid editing, and an instant preview mode, ensuring that you will never have to repeat an entire processing step.

Sensefly Ebee (5 cm GSD) – Colour balancing capabilities over water
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