Ilya Shevelev

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  1. Sputnik GIS 1.4. has been released! Sputnik GIS is a professional drone surveying software for engineers, surveyors and urban planners. Visualize and analyze multidimensional spatial data with no limits on data size, create surveys and get insights from your drone data in height performance GIS solution. One of the core features of Sputnik GIS is full compatibility with Agisoft Metashape native formats *.tls and *.oc3. New version of Sputnik GIS presents new tools, optimized performance, usability, and new integration capabilities. Optimization and integration capabilities: Sputnik GIS 1.4 has new paradigm of working with geodata inside project, in new version user may set up coordinate reference system for whole project using EPSG base or import proper *.prj file. All geo-data inside project will be transformed into project coordinate reference system on the fly. Sputnik now supports LIDAR point clouds, with this feature LIDAR point clouds may be used in combination with orthomosaic and 3D models reconstructed from aerial survey. New user interface makes easier to work with basic tools and geometries during vectorization process. Surveying and mapping: For surveying purposes, we have implemented new tool for working with surfaces – «Relief editor». With this tool user may delete features from surface, to create DTM from DEM for example, or model new features with 3D geometries, in addition, «Kriging-interpolation» tool is optimized. For operative and field mapping purposes «Image projection» tool is implemented, with this tool user may create mosaic with raw spatial reference from aerial survey photos. Urban planning: For the analysis of the urban environment, the tools daylight modeling, visibility area and observation point are implemented. With the help of daylight modeling tool specialist may estimate the insolation conditions of territory in a given date and time. Visibility area tool along with observation point tool allows to model viewpoints and blind spots. Sputnik GIS helps to present city development projects in an intuitive environment (three-dimensional model of the city), which facilitate the process of discussion and decision-making. For creating presentation, materials of the design solutions implemented a set of special tools: Video tour and animated track. With presentation tools, three-dimensional model of the city easily turns into an animated scene with the ability to record video. Try Sputnik GIS right now:
  2. Pretty much everyone these days knows that some companies can launch thousands of drones in the air and perform a breathtaking show with light and moving animation. This is an incredible piece of engineering, but in attempt to do something similar one should consider technological, personnel and logistical capabilities of a worldwide corporation. At Geoscan ltd, we decided to create our own droneshow on a budget using our already developed platform called Pioneer. Originally this quadcopter kit was designed for educational purposes. It is distributed to schools and technical communities to get students familiar with this kind of robots. The platform itself is modular, programmable and easy to assemble and use. 1300 mAh battery gives it solid 8 minutes of flight time. Equipped with GPS and LED modules, it turns into a perfect unit to run any kind of airshow imaginable. Firstly, the animation is designed in any 3D editor. After that it is converted into multiple Lua script, which are uploaded to each Pioneer before takeoff. Despite we don’t use some expensive tech like RTK, there’s never been any serious issues during the flight. In the air each drone acts independently according to its pre-loaded trajectory, using GPS coordinates for orientation and barometer for altitude control. There’s also a safety mode, which allows switching the whole swarm in manual control mode and landing it in case something goes wrong. The first test flights took place in august involving 5, later 10 drones. Two months later, ten dozens of buzzing lights performed a breathtaking show on the Black sea coast. Having main troubles sorted out, we are currently improving animation capabilities and hope to launch 200 drones simultaneously by the end of 2018. You can learn more on our webpage Take a look at our last show on youtube:
  3. Hi there, if you need to calculate volumes and export drone survey into CAD, take a look at Sputnik GIS: It's great and cheap software for surveying with drone data, $179.00 for year license and $549.00 for perpetual.
  4. Hi everyone! We’d like to present new features of Sputnik Web ( - 3D Reconstruction. This function allows user to create 3D models from aerial photos which captured by drone (UAV). Here, we will use an isolated object as an example. This is the old tower which located at Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Requirements for camera: Matrix 5-25 MPx ISO should be set to minimum values for avoiding noise Focal length 20-80 mm EXIF required or GPS geotags in smartphones. Requirements for flying: Choose a point of interest and record it Fly up to a radius of 20-30 meters (depending on the model) Place the model so that it can cover most of the image Start to fly around and capture photos with 60-80% overlapping For the best results, we recommend that user should fly on different levels like what has shown the picture. If your drone located in the top level, we recommend that you point the camera lens down. Textures are hidden in scene view if you point the camera lens up. We flew on two levels, so there was not enough textures. Here are some photos from our database: Highest level: Top level: Middle level: Lower level: After that, please visit the Sputnik Web (, and click on the “ 3D Reconstruction” button. Create new reconstruction, input name, choose photos and go back to the main interface of 3D Reconstruction. By and large, users can find our chosen photos on the List (left side of the page) and the photos are displayed in real captured place. Selected photos with the red color that which do not participate in the Reconstruction. If users click on the picture in the left list, users can see the actual photo. The processing result control block is located at the top. Users can choose the processing results and speed of reconstruction, as well as, finding the detailed information by clicking the “GPIX RATES INFO. “ If you select Speed and Orthophoto and Elevation map cell the number of GPix will match 0.73. In case Quality and Orthophoto, Elevation map and 3D model are selected, GPix will be equal to 2.9. Please select the most efficient option for you! Almost done, now click on START RECONSTRUCTION and waiting results. When it has finished, you will receive an email. If you want a test, please register in the service, visit this page and click support button (on the right) for request a 3D Reconstruction demo. You can find the result here:
  5. Hi there! I've never heard about Datumate, but can advice you Agisoft Photoscan. It's a realy greate choice for proffessional photogrammetry. If you are loking for photogrammetry web based service you can check out Sputnik Web with Photoscan on server side.
  6. Hello everyone! I work in surveying company and now we are thinking about start working with drones. Our daily tasks are: cadastral surveying and site surveying ( for voluem calculation and topography). Also we work in close coloboration with local urban departament, one of the future projects is creating of 3D model of Town. We chosed Photoscan as photogrammetry software, but still don't know what we should choose results analisis. We found two porducts with features that we need: Virtual Surveyor and Sputnik GIS What do you think about each? Do anyone have an expirience of working with Virtual Surveyor or Sputnik GIS? Any advices?