Whether you're a pilot or a self-flying customer, understanding how to upload your data is a crucial part of the process in completing your mission. This support article will show you how to upload your data to the Sitemark platform.
Some pre-requisites to uploading your data are:
Once you have completed these steps you will be able to move on to uploading your data.
Step by Step guide
If this is the first time you will be uploading data to the Sitemark platform, you will need to add the drone equipment and accessories you used for the flight to the platform.
You can do this by clicking on the equipment button on the left panel of the platform shown in red below.
Once you have located the equipment tab, you will need to add your equipment. First, add your drone used to conduct the flight, you can do this by clicking the Add drone button located in the top right of the screen.
Next, you will need to add in the accessory used for the flight; navigate to the accessory menu by clicking on Accessories on the panel on the left side. You can then click the Add accessory button on the top right to add them.
As a pilot or self-flying customer, the first interaction with an operation will be in the assigned status. From assigned to upload status, you are responsible for the movement of the operation through the stages.
To progress to the next planning stage, you can click on the operation on the site overview page to be taken to the next process step.
3. Planning the mission
It is time to plan your inspection to indicate the expected flight date of this operation. Below are the options available to you while the operation is Assigned.
When you click on the plan flights button shown above, you will be redirected to the page shown in the screenshot below. Before confirming the planning, you must fill in each field with the correct information.
It's important to know that some drones/accessories are only supported for certain data products. This will likely be the reason if you see a warning that you do not have a support accessory or drone. You can find the full list of support hardware and the supported data products here.
Once you are happy with the information you have entered and it has been accepted by the platform, the plan mission button at the bottom of the screen will turn green.
If this is not the case, please check the information you have entered to ensure each field is filled in.
4. Checking photos
After you have confirmed the planning of the inspection, you will be shown the following page.
You can do this by clicking the Check Photos button highlighted above. Please note that on this screen, you are not actually uploading the photos but just checking the geographical position of the photos.
When you have checked the photos and confirmed there are no gaps in the coverage, you can move the operation to the flown status by clicking the Mark flown button shown above.
5. Uploading data
Once the status has been updated to flown, you can upload the photos by clicking the orange Upload photos button shown below.
You can click on the checkboxes in pink below to display the flight area for the block you are uploading to. This can help identify the correct area that you are uploading to.
If you have flown an inspection using either RTK or PPK, you can indicate this by checking the box highlighted in green below.
When uploading data to the platform, several validation checks are carried out to ensure that the correct data is being uploaded.
In the example below, an RGB photo was uploaded to the Thermal flight of this block, so it has been rejected. You can see the details of why each photo was rejected in this validation overview shown below.
There are several checks that the uploader carries out to make sure that the data being uploaded is correct. These checks include the following:
Data type (RGB, Thermal, Multispectral)
Resolution (width, height)
If this is a data product that requires ground control points (eg. Solar Construction), you will also need to tag the GCPs and push the operation to processing at this point. You can follow this support article on how to do so.
Once all images are uploaded, Sitemark will perform the Quality Check on the data to ensure that the data is suitable. If it passes the Quality Check, we will process the data without any further contact.
If the data fails the quality check process, you will be sent an overview of why it has failed and a recommendation on how it can be fixed.