The Site Scan Manager is a great way to keep track of all your Projects and has many useful tools that allow you to streamline your workflow such as the ability to share information and results with colleges and clients, monitor your site’s progress, process or merge Jobs directly from the manager and even extract useful data such as volumes, areas and distance measurements with out the need of 3rd party tools and software.
To visit the Site Scan Manager visit the following link and use your Site Scan credentials to log in.
Once you log in you can start by choosing what Project you want to work on. To do so click on the “Open Projects” menu at the top center of the screen.
This will open a drop down window allowing you to choose among your existing projects. To open a Project simply click on it’s name.
You also have the ability to edit a few key point. To do so mouse over the name of the Project you want to edit. This will prompt a pencil icon to appear next to it. Click on it to open the Edit Project menu.
Within this menu you can edit the name of the Project by typing it in withing the “Project Name” window. You can change it’s location by typing it in within the “Location” window and it will auto fill it as you type. You can also edit the “Unit settings” by selecting the ones you want to have used from the drop down window. You can choose between Meters, Standard Foot and Survey foot. After you finish editing the project click on the “Update” to push the changes through.
For now we won’t change anything on the Project. We’ll go ahead and select the one we want from the drop down menu. Once you do, you’ll be able to choose between all the Jobs within that Project. The name of the Job that’s currently open will be displayed at the top left. By default it will open the latest Job and you can see the date right underneath the name. If it’s already been processed, click on the checkbox next to “Ortho” to overlay it on the base map.
You can also click on the Name of the Job at the top left to open a drop down menu to select between all the other Jobs within this Project. You can also move between them by using the left and right arrows next to the name of the Job.
If you have any Jobs that haven’t been processed yet click on the “Process” button next to the Jobs window. There will be an indicator within the “Ortho” window underneath the Job selection window in the form of a spinning wheel.
Once the processing is done you can download the resulting files by clicking on the “Export” icon in the top right corner and selecting the file you want to download from the export menu.
There are other icons and indicators withing the Site Scan Manager that have different functions.
The Active Processing indicator only appears while a job is being processed. This icon indicates that the processing phase hasn’t finished.
The Crosshairs icon allows you to travel on the map over to the job site. This can be done with the photos or with the resulting Ortho file after the processing has finished.
The Toggle map on/off icon allows you to hide the base map. This is useful when presenting the resulting Ortho file while not having to disclose the location of the job site.
The Zoom level on the map can be controlled using the plus and minus icons. The Map heading icon right underneath indicates the heading of the map. By clicking it the heading changes back to the default which is North.
Once the processing is done, You can access the download link of the different resulting files Site Scan offers. Each of them has a specific purpose and advantages.
Orthomosaic (.tiff): This is the georeferenced, orthomosaic map of the flight area. Orthos can be opened and manipulated in Google Earth Pro, ArcGIS, QGIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Infraworks, and many other GIS programs.
DEM (.tiff): This is the georeferenced Digital Elevation Model associated with the orthomosaic. The value of each pixel corresponds to an elevation above ground. DEMs can be opened and manipulated in Google Earth Pro, ArcGIS, QGIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Infraworks, and many other GIS programs.
Mesh (.rcm, .obj): These are the two mesh formats generated by Site Scan. .rcm is the Autodesk ReMake native format, optimized for delightful viewing, flythrough videos, and simple volume measurements. .obj is the open mesh format shared across many platforms.
Point cloud (.rcs, .las): These are the two point cloud formats generated by Site Scan. .rcs is the Autodesk point cloud format. Open and edit in ReCap, Civil 3D, Infraworks, or any other Autodesk product. .las is the open point cloud format. Open in PointCloudViz or any CAD software, including Autodesk products.
PDF is a essentially a screenshot of the area you want to display. You can also display annotations, contours, and even toggle off the base map to avoid disclosing the location of the job site.
Contours are lines that connect locations of equal value in a raster dataset that represents continuous phenomena such as elevation, temperature, precipitation, pollution, or atmospheric pressure. The line features connect cells of a constant value in the input. Contour lines are often generally referred to as isolines but can also have specific terms depending on what is being measured.
The distribution of the contour lines shows how values change across a surface. Where there is little change in a value, the lines are spaced farther apart. Where the values rise or fall rapidly, the lines are closer together. For more information on contour files you may visit the following article
Site Scan allows you to create these contour files representing elevation directly from the Manager with out the need of any third party software. You can export these files in .shp format. To get them you first need to make sure the job is processed. Next, within the Data Layers menu, clicking the icon with the interval value will open a slider allowing you to choose the contour interval. After clicking on Save, it will take a few minutes for the processing to finish, after which you’ll be able to display the contours and overlay them on the Ortho.
The Site Scan Manager has measuring tools you can use to calculate Distances, Areas and Volumes. You can also place Markers anywhere on the site which would display the latitude and longitude. All of these measurements are turned into annotations and are shown under the Measurements menu on the left and can be renamed, or deleted by right clicking on each of them and selecting the desired option. You can also toggle them on and off b
You can measure Distances by selecting the option from the Measure menu. By clicking once on the map you’ll set the initial point from where you’ll measure. Clicking once anywhere else on the map will add another point. Double clicking will set the end point for the distance being measured. You can click on the line created to have it display the distance.
You can measure both Area and Volume by selecting either option from the Measurements menu. You can lay out new vertices by clicking once, and set the end point of the measurement box by clicking twice. Clicking on the box will display the Area and Volume.
When it comes to volume measurements you can also access a wire frame view by right clicking the annotation and selecting the option “Inspect”.
This allows you to determine where is the base point from which the volume is being calculated.
You can compare 2 Orthos from your Project by clicking on the “Compare Jobs” option. Doing so will take you to the compare jobs view. You have a timeline at the top, you can click on a Job once to add it to one side and click on another job twice to add it to the other side. Drag the slider in the middle to compare both sites. Make sure you zoom in enough so that the Orthos are displayed.
Oblique images can be used standalone or incorporated into the photogrammetry process to be included on the orthomosaic or model that is generated. Nadir imagery is generally not sufficient to build an accurate point cloud of a site that contains vertical surfaces. By combining oblique and nadir imagery you can generate a single point cloud or mesh of a structure and its surroundings. Furthermore you can combine 2 or more surveys that overlap each other to have results that cover a larger area, even if there is no oblique imagery used. All of this can now be easily done directly from the Site Scan Manager’s new feature: “Merge Jobs”.
Start by choosing the Project that contains the Jobs you want to combine. You want to make sure that they were flown in the same site under similar lighting conditions and elevation, or if you want to cover a larger area on a single output file, that the Jobs overlap each other. You can choose the project by clicking the “Open Projects” section at the top center of the screen.
To access this feature simply click on the Merge Jobs option on top. Click on it once to pull up the “Create Job” window. This will require you to name the resulting Job from the Merge you’re about to perform. After you give it a name click “Next”.
The next step is to select the Jobs you want to merge. You will be shown a list displaying the name of each Job within that Project, along with the date it was created and the number of pictures it contains. You can choose the Jobs you want to combine by clicking on the check box on the left. As you select each Job you will notice that the image counter at the bottom increases. Please make sure to stay within the 500 image limit. Once the Jobs have been selected click on “Create new Job” at the bottom.
Now all you have to do is wait for this Merge to finish processing, after which you can export the files as you would with any other Job in Site Scan.
Site Scan Manager can you provide you with a link that will allow you to share the base map with people who don’t have Site Scan , like a client for example. This link will take them to a basic map view of the job that will also allow them to overlay the Ortho as well as any annotations you may have in that Job. Clicking on the Share option in the top right corner will open a new menu. Choosing the Share Map option will allow you to copy the link to share the map.
You can also click on share photos and download the image set or share the download link with anyone else.
You can upload new images to an existing flight simply by clicking the “Upload” button on top and then selecting “Photos”.
This will bring up a new window. Here you can click on the blue “Upload Photos” button, navigate to the folder containing the images you want to add, and after the upload process has finished, click on the “Save”button.