Uploading Geo-tagged Images

Creating 3D models from images

Uploading Images to Scanifly is easy!

Before uploading your drone photos to Scanifly, you will want to make sure that you have access to a computer with a high speed internet connection.

You also want to make sure that you do not upload any photos from our Do not upload these photos to Scanifly page and that all of your photos are geotagged

We also recommend following the flight plan recommendations in the Example Residential Imagery and Example Commercial Imagery depending on your project size and photo count.

Video Tutorial

1. My Projects page > "NEW PROJECT" Button

Navigate to your my projects page and click on the "NEW PROJECT" button.

New Project Button

2. The upload dialogue will appear.

Enter your project name and upload your Drone survey images, and add an image thumbnail photo.

You can upload your images by either clicking the "+" icon or by dragging the photos in from another window into the area that says "Drop your files here or upload from your computer".

Upload window

3. Image Location review

After you have selected the photos for upload, you should see your photo locations overlaid on the google base layer in the location that they were taken, based on the image metadata.

Here you want to visually check to make sure the photos you took are showing up in the right location on the map.

Upload window showing image alignment locations (yellow dots) overlaid on a google maps baselayer.

4. Beware of Null Island!

If you notice a view like this, instead of the view above, you have images in your dataset that do not contain location metadata. These images are called "Null Island" images and will need to be removed from your dataset. "Null Island" images just have coordinates of (0,0) which happens to be a location off of the coast of west Africa.

Typically these images are a result of the pilot flying before they had a full GPS lock or if they were flying in an environment where they lost GPS signal during the flight. It is not something caused by the Scanifly software or upload process. Please contact [email protected] for any questions about this.

Null island photo in upload dataset example. You can see a dark yellow dot in the middle of the USA, this represents the photos that were taken at a site there. You can also see off the coast of Africa there is a lighter yellow dot, that represents the image location of the images without GPS data, which defaults to (0,0) on most off the shelf drones.

5. Image review and preview in the upload window

You can click on the yellow alignment dots in the upload window to bring up the name of the photo and a photo preview.

Please do not include any of these types of photos in your dataset.

Note: It is best to do this review outside of the Scanifly software on a computer before uploading to Scanifly, but if you notice any outlier photos be sure to remove them before uploading.

Image preview with image name in upload window map view.

6. Removing images from the dataset.

Using the "View list" option under option #2, look for your photo that you identified on the map. Hint: by hitting "CTRL + F" to search for the image after typing in the image name you can more easily find your image in the list.

You can then remove the image from the dataset by clicking on the RED "X" next to the images name in the list. That image will now not be uploaded to Scanifly.

Finding an image in the "View list" section using CTRL+F and the image preview image name.

7. Click project type to choose the reconstruction size that you need in order to reconstruct your site in Scanifly.

Be sure to include the entire area that you captured on site and that you would like to model in Scanifly. Be sure to make note of the photo count requirements and square footage reconstruction limits for each category by hovering over the green "?" in the upload window.

Upload window after hitting "Residential" reconstruction project type.

8. Resize the width and height of your bounding box by using the blue dots. Rotate the orientation of the bounding box by using the green dots.

Bounding box width adjustment by dragging blue dot on upload window preview.

Bounding box rotation adjustment by dragging green dot on upload window preview.


Bounding box & photo alignment locations

The bounding box does not need to include all of the photo locations. The goal of the bounding box is to define the area that you want to reconstruct. It is best to make sure your entire site and surrounding shading obstructions are reconstructed, to make sure you get the most out of your Scanifly model.

9. Click upload and wait for the progress bar to appear.

Depending on your internet speed, upload can take a few minutes or longer. See our System Requirements page for more information on recommended upload speed.

It is best to leave the upload window open while the upload is in progress. Until the upload has reached 100% and you see the window go away, your upload has not completed. If you have any upload problems please contact [email protected] for more assistance.

10. Wait for your project to finish processing.

Typically Scanifly projects are finished processing well under 24 hours. If your project has been taking longer to process, take a look at this page.

Your projects is completed processing when you can see the Thumbnail image without the overlay "Processing" on it.

Updated 3 months ago

Uploading Geo-tagged Images

Creating 3D models from images

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