Custom Map Layers

Brad

In the Dronelink web app there is the map layer button that lets you choose Mapbox vs HERE map layers.  There is also a "ADD LAYER" button.  Is there any documentation for how to add a new layer?  Ideally I would like to add my own GeoTIFF files I have created using WebODM so I can use up-to-the-minute maps to plan future missions.  The reason being is that currently online map providers do not have the recent changes to the area I am flying in.

I've searched the forums as well as more generic Mapbox documentation but the only thing I can find is the option to upload GeoTIFFs to my Mapbox account but I don't know how to link Dronelink to a Mapbox user account.

Any help would be appreciated.

-Brad

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    Jim McAndrew Dronelink Staff

    That feature only supports KML/KMZ files right now.

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    Dave Keasey

    You might take a look at QGIS, an open source GIS program.  The learning curve is a little steep, but importing a GeoTIFF file is easy, and you can add additional geo-referenced layers. 

    Another approach is to import the GeoTIFF into Google Earth as an overlay.  Because the GeoTIFFs are so huge (usually), they will need to be imported as "superoverlays", which in reality is just a collection of KMZ files that are created as the GeoTIFF is imported and converted from the collection of smaller TIFF components.

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    stephan mantler

    I have a very similar request / topic for the same reason - I am mapping glacier areas that are changing very rapidly and having the previous mapping run as the basis for the next plan would be a great advantage. The Mapbox and HERE layers are about 5 or 6 years old and some glaciers have retreated by up to 500m in the meantime.

    I am already running my own WMS/WMTS server so it would be ideal to be able to add a custom layer from this server. This would also benefit other customers who suffer from old / low-res data in Mapbox but might have access to more current / accurate local map sources from Open Government Data initiatives. 

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    Sinchenko83

    Hi! When I try to add a layer, an error comes out "Unable to Add Layer". I'm adding files KML&KMZ

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  • Comment author
    Jim McAndrew Dronelink Staff

    Can you provide the file you are trying to import?

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    Sinchenko83

    Yes! And how?

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  • Comment author
    Jim McAndrew Dronelink Staff

    Upload to dropbox / google drive / etc and provide a link?

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    Jim McAndrew Dronelink Staff

    This file appears to contain images. The map overlays feature only supports basic shapes like lines and polygons.

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    Sinchenko83

    OK, thanks!

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    Jacob Kirk

    I love that I can add layers, so helpful! But, how can I remove map layers I have added?

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  • Comment author
    Jim McAndrew Dronelink Staff

    Refresh the browser.

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    Peter Barratt

    Just bumping the comment left by Stefan Mantler...

    The ability to specify a third party map/tile layer via the usual WMS/TFS URL format would be a really useful addition to the Base mapping layer capability.  This was one of the first things that I sought to do as soon as I had worked out how to setup a mapping mission (about 5 mins into my first use).  In many jurisdictions, the National/State or Local Mapping Agencies have setup orthorectified imagery that would provide a significantly better mapping underlay than that provided by Mapbox.

    I think a list of freely available mapping services and/or the ability to define a correctly specified custom url would be a welcome feature improvement for many dronelink customers.

    BTW, as a new user to Dronelink, I am very impressed with the design and UX of this software.  I tested six other similar packages before settling upon Dronelink as my s/w of choice.  Really well done (from an IT guy to an IT guy)... :o)

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  • Comment author
    Daniel Snyder

    Agree - this is a great application with huge potential.  now if we could get a definition for each field in the app - that would be great.

     

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  • Comment author
    Daniel Snyder

    Agree - this is a great application with huge potential.  Now if we could get a definition for each field in the app - that would be great.

     

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    Mike Bahr

    I am also looking for the work process to create a custom map for mission planning.  I need to plan missions around buildings that are not yet there...  We use Revit and AutoCAD and can easily export a number of standard file types.  I also have access to ArcGIS.  I'm an architect, not a surveyor, so I'm learning a lot...  Any suggestions on what my workflow should be?  

    -Mike

     

     

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