User Guide will help you:
- Understand the principles of operation
of the mobile application.
- Plan and execute your image taking
tasks based on the best practice requirements of DatuBIM or DatuSurvey.
Within this document,
you will find comments, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions. These
are indicated by icons as listed below:
This icon signifies comments that are important for the user. They will help you to make maximum use of the DatuBIM or DatuSurvey software.
This icon signifies operational tips that may help you optimize your work in the field and in the office.
This icon signifies warnings that are important for the user.
Overview of DatuFly
DatuFly is a simple
and intuitive plan-and-fly mobile application used to control specific models
of drones. The application is used to define flight missions around an area of
interest allowing the user to customize image-taking parameters based on the
type of area to be photographed and the type of output the user wishes to
specifically designed for professional surveying, construction and
infrastructure mapping. The DatuFly tablet app optimizes flight and image
capturing per job type. The image-taking plan is executed based on DatuBIM or
DatuSurvey best practice requirements, for easy linkage,
geo-referencing and 3D models creation.
image to be taken, DatuFly automatically calculates the 3D coordinates of the
position of the drone, hence the camera mounted on the drone, and it also
calculates the gimbal pitch angle. Based on the number of images needed to
cover the area of interest, DatuFly automatically calculates the time needed to
complete the mission, as well as the number of drone batteries needed. When the
planned mission is executed, the application detects and reports the battery
charge levels of the drone and the controller, and automatically returns to the
home point when a battery is about to expire. This allows the user to replace
the battery and continue the flight mission from where it left off.
As a result, DatuFly
streamlines and accelerates the field work process needed for capturing the
Working with DatuFly
is as easy as 1-2-3.
Figure 1: Working with DatuFly
Plan the Mission
mission can be done in the office, but can also be rapidly performed in the
field. To be able to plan a mission over a map, Internet access is necessary. In
the field, your tablet must have internet access, or alternatively you can use
a portable Wi-Fi hotspot from any cellular phone. If the plan is done in the
office the area map is also saved with the plan eliminating the need for
Internet access in the field.
Execute the Mission
In the field
simply open the saved planned mission and, if needed, make necessary adjustments
to the plan. Then connect to the drone, push the button to execute the plan,
and sit and watch the drone do the work for you.
Back in the
office extract the memory card from the drone, copy the images to your
computer, and then upload them to Datumate’s cloud or use DatuBIM or DatuSurvey
to associate them and continue your mapping work.