I know that you all were in my shoes and i am not even sure if this is the right forum/topic to ask this question but i really need some help.
I am very interested in making 3d maps,but i realized that there is a very big difference between making a model and making a highly accurate 3d map.
I first researched what software would be suitable for making maps,so it all came down to pix4d vs metasahpe.I have downloaded the trial version of both but i still couldn’t figure out which one was better.So i was watching online videos and watched tutorials but as a total noob i cant figure out the features/possibilities and weaknesses of both.I reached out to a youtube channel named GM6 drone mapping and the guy was very helpful and took time to answer a few questions,and he suggested metashape (he worked with both).I even did a webinar on his site which was really helpful.
But here i am,i learned a thing or two about satellites,gps,l1 and l2,geoid,rtk and ppk,mapping software ect. But my knowledge is still not enough to say that i know much about the above mentioned things.Lets say i know a bit of theory,but nothing more.
I am thinking to start a 3d mapping business but but the more i read the more i realize that accuracy is the most important thing when making those maps,and the more i realize that i know nothing and i am at a point now where i am more confused now than when i started doing a 3d map of my garden (took pictures with my smartphone).I used metashape btw…
So i figured out i need a drone,a very powerful pc and metashape.But what about rtk,do i need a rtk drone and a base station?Some say that enough gcp´s is enough to make a highly accurate 3d map and that rtk isnt necessary and i even read somewhere that ppk is better than rtk.
So what would be a good kit to start a business so i can do accurate work?I know that i dont know much,but at least i can learn every day.But i dont know what i need i regrads to hardware…
if you have no experience in mapping it is not a good idea to start a mapping business. It is not rocked science, but its challenging even with some background in GIS etc… Good results are not only depending on the right hard- and software but also on the experience of the human working with that tools.
Its far better to concentrate on the things you have experience with an make a business out of those things. If you are really interested in mapping maybe you should do an internship somewhere.
Well,that was a bit demotivating but honest.I mean i wouldn’t start a drone business tomorrow and i am willing to learn before i start.
Aren’t there any good online sources where i can learn?I am doing research but with a bit of help i could learn faster and get much better information about theory and about the equipment.
I am in eastern europe and i want to start a drone business becuase i think it is still a niche market here.
That who will be my customers is the hardest part to determine.I don’t know how to properly research the market since i guess there won’t be that much end users but more companies.
My budget would be around 11000 usd for all,the drone,a pc,software,equipment ect