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Pix4D is partnering with Kokusai Kogyo Corporation (KKC)—the leading geospatial consulting company in Japan–to deliver a i-Construction-compliant drone mapping and photogrammetry solution for the Japanese market. i-Construction is a set of government-defined regulations to govern the collection and processing of drone data.

In August 2016, KKC released a 3D geospatial analysis cloud service (KKC-3D). Our partnership will jointly develop that service and new features to meet the requirements for public surveying and i-Construction standards.

Japanese customers will only have to upload acquired images as well as the location information of the ground control points, in order to download the 3D terrain model and the quality control reports that meet the requirements of public surveying and i-Construction.

The service users will be able to drastically shorten the process for 3D spatial analysis for public surveying and i-Construction, and the service will enable a dramatic improvement of productivity for all parties involved in the process.

Pix4D is excited to be part of the iConstruction initiative  in Japan–interpreting data collected by drones and other devices and automating complex workflows.




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Undergraduate and graduate students from accredited schools, colleges, and universities will be qualified to purchase the new semester or yearly rental.

Now that drone hardware is becoming increasingly easier to program and fly, colleges and universities around the world are expanding their curriculum. Students can learn to manage massive amounts of drone imagery and data.

“We have been amazed watching our academic users teaching photogrammetry with drones and Pix4Dmapper,” says Lorenzo Martelletti, Pix4D’s Director of Sales and Marketing.  “As per their request, we now wish to make it easy and affordable enrolling students in the many drone courses that are flourishing everywhere in the world.”

Initial roll out of the semester student licenses is occurring through current academic partners. Faculty or staff that have single academic or classroom licenses with a valid support & upgrade subscription are able to log into their Pix4D accounts, upload a class email list, and email students invitations to purchase from the Pix4D online store.

“Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University currently has over 1,500 students enrolled in UAS education through our degrees, minors, and specializations in unmanned systems. Leveraging the new Pix4D student license puts a powerful, and affordable, software suite in our student’s hands enabling them to explore the industry-leading photogrammetry software at a price lower than most textbooks” says David Thirtyacre, Chair of the Department of Flight for the Worldwide Campus.

Any institution that would also like to purchases bulk licenses for students, please contact

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Want to integrate drone mapping in your operations and build your own drone-based data applications? Now you can–by using our Pix4D photogrammetry engine to create high quality 2D maps and 3D models even more quickly from images.

Pix4Dengine lets you use drone mapping and image processing at scale in your operations and automate your workflows. It’s customizable, scalable, and flexible and lets you collect and analyze valuable business data faster. Make data-driven decisions faster and more often.

”Today’s leading organizations are using big data and machine learning-based tools to automate their decision processes. The Pix4Dengine is our contribution to these tools in order to deliver high quality mapping data with large automation and scalability,” says Matthieu Lefebvre, Enterprise Solutions Manager at Pix4D.

“With our Enterprise solutions, Pix4D is committed to empower, help and support these organizations from any industry with integrating drone-based data into their operations”.

Pix4D enterprise solutions include:

  • Pix4Dengine – Build your own drone data applications and process multiple projects in parallel based on priorities and efficiency. Host it on your own server or host with us.
  • Flexible enterprise support plans. Contracts or minimum commitments aren’t needed. You pay on a per-month basis. Upgrade this month, downgrade the next. It’s that simple. Guaranteed response time by phone and email.
  • Consultancy & integration services: Don’t know how to make it happen? We can work with you to figure out the best way to go. And if required, even create it for you.

    “We are very excited to show the world that technology is advancing much faster than people believe and the key component is Pix4D.” Adam Jordan, P.E., New Heights Inspection and Engineering, LLC

    Want to know more? Meet us at Intergeo in Berlin, at booth C3.040 in Hall 3.1.

    To request a demo or start a free enterprise trial, contact




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Yesterday at InterDroneIntel CEO Brian Krzanichm announced the new Intel Insight Platform that will allow select enterprise customers to accelerate the path from drone flight to business value, transforming drone-data into actionable business insights.

The Intel Insights Platform is a cloud-based data processing, analytics and reporting service which addresses a range of commercial drone applications and verticals  – from inspections and surveying in construction, mining, precision agriculture, oil and gas, and more.

Intel is working with Pix4D, among other trusted leaders in the UAV industry, to realize this new product.

“More and more key players are using our Pix4D photogrammetry engine to build their own end-to-end solutions,”  says Lorenzo Martelletti, Sales and Marketing Director of Pix4D. “We are glad to support Intel with our software and our knowledge to grow in the drone data market.”

Along with industry-leading Pix4Dmapper software, Pix4D offers a range of enterprise-grade solutions for businesses that need a photogrammetry engine to integrate drones and drone data into their operations.

For more information about Pix4D enterprise solutions, contact Matthieu Lefebvre at

About Pix4D

Backed with over ten years of scientific research, Pix4D is the industry leader in professional drone mapping and photogrammetry software solutions. The company is based in Switzerland, with offices in San Francisco, Shanghai and Berlin.

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3DR has been busy lately. They’ve recently added Pix4D processing to their capabilities, and have just announced an upcoming integration with DJI drones. 3DR has a stated aspiration to make Site Scan the complete drone solution for construction and engineering professionals across the world.

With that goal in their sights, 3DR has just introduced another set of new features to Site Scan Manager. They’ve added three new ways to visualize your elevation data: Elevation Models, Hillshades, and Cut and Fill Maps. These viewers will help you get actionable, detailed information about your jobsite.

Elevation Model: With this model, you can turn your elevation data into a heatmap in order to quickly understand and verify elevation across your site. This is crucial, for example, when you need to know which way drainage water will flow and what areas of your site will require the most grading. You can adjust the altitude ranges to view the area that you’re most interested in, and change the opacity as well.

Hillshade: Need to clearly identify the 3D objects in your orthomosaic? The hillshade viewer makes it easy, providing a grayscale 3D image of your jobsite, with the position of the sun taken into account to ensure proper shading.

Cut and Fill Map: In addition to cut and fill calculations, now you can easily set your desired grading elevation and then view a high-resolution cut and fill map to know exactly how much work needs to be done.




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Lausanne, SWITZERLAND, 02 AUG 2017. 3DR, makers of Site Scan, one of the leading drone data platform for engineering and construction, announced they have integrated the Pix4D photogrammetry engine as their core processing software to enable customers to get processed data 3X faster.

Site Scan customers can now process 5X more photos at once—2,500 in total.

The addition of the Pix4D processing engine marks one of the biggest improvements to Site Scan yet: it will help 3DR customers take their drone data to another level, creating more accurate and detailed results—like orthomosaics, digital elevation models, and point clouds—than ever before.

“We’re thrilled to work with 3DR,” said Christoph Strecha, Co-Founder and CEO of Pix4D. “They’re a leader in using drones for reality capture in construction and engineering, and Pix4D’s best-in-class processing will help their customers get the best results possible.”

“With the combination of the Sony R10C camera and our newly improved processing engine, Site Scan can deliver results that consistently rival LiDAR and traditional surveying when it comes to accuracy,” said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3DR. “This marks the next step in drones becoming an essential tool on jobsites across the world.”

About Pix4D

Pix4D is a developer of cutting edge software that converts images taken by hand, by drone, or by plane into survey-grade accurate and georeferenced 2D mosaics, 3D models and point clouds. Founded in 2011, Pix4D is rapidly expanding from its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to offices in Shanghai, San Francisco and Berlin.

About 3DR

3DR makes drone technology easily accessible to the construction industry for use in data analysis, 3D modeling and more. 3DR’s flagship product, Site Scan, is a complete drone-to-data platform that makes it safer and easier than ever for enterprise and commercial users to collect and process aerial data, perform inspections, and improve business operations. For more information on 3DR, please visit

Lausanne, Switzerland – 27 July 2017.
MicaSense Atlas is now integrated with Pix4D desktop software. This exciting partnership is designed to offer MicaSense customers the power of desktop processing, as well as the flexibility of MicaSense Atlas.

“Our customers value Atlas as an analytics and collaboration platform,” says Gabriel Torres, CEO of MicaSense. “They also tell us that processing data locally is important to them and their operations. By combining the processing capability of Pix4D’s software with the power of the MicaSense Atlas analytics, we provide a solution that optimally fulfills these needs.”

With the new “Upload to Atlas” feature (available August 8th, 2017), users can share the processed results with MicaSense Atlas directly from the Pix4D user interface.

Jorge Fernandez, Solution Manager for Agriculture at Pix4D says: “Pix4D’s agricultural focus has always been to provide the most radiometrically and geometrically accurate results possible. We are happy to open this up to MicaSense Atlas users. This new button simplifies everything for them, we are really excited to make this happen.”

Starting today, MicaSense will be distributing yearly and perpetual licenses of Pix4Dag and Pix4Dmapper Pro. For more details on how MicaSense Atlas users can incorporate Pix4D into their workflow, visit the MicaSense website.

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In December 2016, Pix4D and Parrot announced they would award a climate innovation grant to help foster innovation around the impact of global climate change.  They received over 250 proposals from researchers across a range of disciplines.

Six projects were selected, based on novelty, scientific merit, and team experience. Other factors considered were advanced degrees, formal association with educational organizations or institutions, and a strong record of climate change research.

The grant winners have received a Parrot Disco-Pro AG that embeds a Parrot Sequoia multispectral sensor, a 1- year Pix4D software license, and training to help them move their research forward.

And the winners are …drum roll please…

Robert M. Pringle

Assistant professor

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University


The role of climate in modulating wildlife extinctions in African drylands

“We want to use drone-based ecological monitoring to incorporate regular low-altitude image surveys of our plots into our regular long-term monitoring program.

Specifically, we want to measure woody-plant biomass, phenology, water stress, net aboveground productivity, and canopy architecture.  All of which are impossible to measure with current satellite technology and the best available ground-based methods are exceedingly time-consuming and frustratingly imprecise to boot.” 



Dr. Chris Field

Professor of Biology and Environmental Earth Science

Department of Global Ecology

Stanford University, USA


Drone-based detection of grassland phenology, productivity and composition in relation to climate

“Our goal is to use a drone-mounted camera and multispectral sensor to map and monitor temporal and spatial variation in grassland in order to understand the role of climate variation in driving changes in grassland composition.

Specifically we propose to examine the extent to which changes in grassland composition—such as the balance of grasses vs forbs, annuals vs perennials, and invasive vs native species—are due to weather and microclimate-driven changes in phenology and/or productivity.”


Gillian Maggs-Kölling

Executive Director
Gobabeb Research and Training Centre




Growth dynamics of the lichen fields of the Central Namib Desert

“Lichens are small, highly complex organisms, with thalli ranging between 10–100 mm in diameter. They occur across vast expanses of desert plains and are often difficult to access. Crustose lichens (e.g. Lecidella crystallina and Caloplaca spp.) especially cannot be discerned from the surrounding matrix of desert gravel. This makes conventional RGB-photography, in particular aerial RGB-photography, totally unsuitable for monitoring lichen growth.

The expected ground resolution of about 10 cm will also even out unwanted detail on the gravel plain surface (i.e. pebbles and smaller stone from various geological origins), making it easier to determine a trend in photosynthesising activity rather than confusing detail in the ground surface.

Our long-term goal would be to try and model productivity of the lichen-fields based on the multi-spectral bands (specifically the near-infrared and red edge bands), and in this way monitor the vigour and growth of the lichen fields. These data could inform land management practices in the uranium-rich Central Namib Desert.“



Holly P. Jones

Assistant professor

Department of Biological Sciences
Northern Illinois University



Using drones to monitor grassland responses to shifting climate and restoration

“A multispectral camera will significantly reduce our workload because we would no longer have to overlay these images by hand to calculate NDVI and other measurements.  

This grant will scale our pilot-project and look at how restoration interacts with climate and allow us to help managers forecast what that will mean for future prairie restorations.”




Lluís Brotons

Senior researcher

InForest JRU



Monitoring insect pest impacts in mediterranean forests

“We want to to quantitatively assess the impact of the the pine processionary moth on pine forests at the forest stand scale (10-100 ha). Satellite imagery has strong constraints on the quantity and quality of information. RGB imagery may not be adequate to conduct impact assessment across space and time. Multispectral data (i.e. infrared) allows a much better comparison across images taken in different locations and times.”



Jeffrey Kerby

Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow

Dickey Center Visiting Arctic Fellow

Dartmouth College

Climate-driven greening of the Siberian Arctic: Multispectral sensors on UAVs bridge ground to satellite scaling challenges

“Multispectral data will allow for direct radiometric comparisons with vegetation change patterns captured by satellite data.  This grant offers huge advantages: discrete spectral bands, direct measures of incoming solar radiation, integrated IMU data, integrated GPS data, streamlined workflow.  

This integrated system (camera + software) allows for easier exploration of the relationship between spectral and structural influences on scaling the effects of how vegetation responds to climate change in the Arctic.”

Stay tuned to learn more about each winning project and how drone mapping technology helps study the effects of climate change on this variety of essential global ecosystems.




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June 1, 2017 – Drone-mapping software developer Pix4D announces the opening of a research and development office in Berlin, Germany.

Pix4D products rely on advanced principles of photogrammetry, computer vision, and machine learning.  “By opening this office, we’re showing in a very physical way how seriously our products are connected to research and development”, says Pix4D founder and CEO Christoph Strecha. “Our software was built on rigorous academic work, and we believe by maintaining this commitment, we’ll continue to be on the cutting-edge of technology and serve our clients’ needs.”

The office in Berlin will continue to develop vertical applications and enhance Pix4D’s strength in low-level computer vision and photogrammetry.  

“This investment is possible due to the substantial growth of Pix4D, doubling its turnover every year since 2011, reaching $14 million in 2016. We see that professional mapping applications on Pix4D’s Desktop and Cloud continue to grow rapidly. Application-specific features and an improved understanding of our marketplace will increase this speed even more,” continues Strecha.

Pix4D is accepting applications for R&D positions and support staff for the Berlin office on their website:


About Pix4D

Pix4D is the industry leader in professional drone mapping and photogrammetric software solutions. Based in Switzerland, with offices in Berlin, San Francisco, and Shanghai.  The company’s end-to-end solutions empower individuals to instantly capture their own 3D maps of changing environments. Images taken by hand, by drone or by plane are automatically converted into georeferenced 2D mosaics, 3D surface models and point clouds.

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Redefining the insurance industry

In their report Clarity from above, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) estimated that drone-powered solutions like photogrammetry-based surveying, could help the insurance industry save as much as$6.8 billion USD per year.

Drone-based photogrammetry, popularly known as drone-mapping, helps optimize insurance-related processes, speeding up and reducing the cost of surveys for risk assessment and claims management. Drone-mapping also adds accuracy, at the same time, reduces the risk of fraud and even improves the customer experience, with tailored premiums and faster claim resolutions.

Simplify documentation operations

With a drone and Pix4D solutions, it is possible to automate drone flights to capture images and transform them into 2D maps and 3D models insurers can use to document the initial state of property, infrastructure or agricultural assets, and assess and quantify damage once a claim is raised.

Facilitate risk assessment

Insurance companies can use drone-mapping to generate a snapshot of an object or site, capturing its initial state before a policy is issued.

“Traditionally we had a team, manually, physically measuring everything on site, building heights, widths, distances to neighboring buildings, distances to hazards, like rivers and, it would have taken hours. Now with a drone and Pix4Dmapper Pro, in minutes, we can get an orthomosaic and a 3D model, where we can measure these distances and even the windows, to quantify what is actually on site, identify risks, calculate premiums, and ultimately provide clients with guidance on how to mitigate the risks that they are exposed to.

Some of the buildings we insure are churches, tall buildings with steeples, traditionally very hard to get to and very expensive to inspect.

With drones and Pix4D software, we can now quickly and safely access difficult places and obtain information we could not easily get.

We are looking at savings in time, anywhere from 25 to 50%, and the data is more accurate than what we used to obtain manually.” Matthew Holland, Customer Risk Solutions Advisor – Technical Lead & Chief Remote Pilot at Ansvar Insurance Australia.

Accelerate claim management

Insurance companies can assess damage quicker, safely and more efficiently with drone operations.

“We had a storm claim, where the property was a church with a 30 meters tower, traditionally, documenting and quantifying the damage would have taken a couple of days, a couple of cranes, we would probably have closed a few roads off, and probably cost us $15,000.

With a drone, a laptop and Pix4Dmapper Pro, a drone flight and a quick processing on site, in a couple of hours, we had all the information we needed to make a decision on the claim.” Matthew Holland.

Reduce risks

Operational risks. Drone-mapping is a safer inspection method, that reduces the risk of work-related personal injuries and minimizes the risk of damaging client’s property while performing the operation.

The risk of fraud. According to the Insurance Information Institute, fraud comprises about 10% of property & casualty insurance losses and loss adjustment expenses every year.  This statistic translates to property-casualty fraud that amounts to about $32 billion each year.

Data gathered by drones can be used to improve claims management by checking the initial state of a property and its condition after a reported incident, providing incontestable documentation and reducing the risk of fraud.

Improve customer experience

Drone-based operations benefit customers with a more personalized and faster service, translated into tailored prices, and faster claim resolutions.

Drone-mapping enables personalized premiums. PwC believes drones could be used to better calculate insurance premiums by assessing risks that can’t currently be assessed efficiently. Essentially, premium calculation much more closely correlated with real threats.

By assessing risks better than ever before, insurance companies will be able to set premiums more accurately, ultimately increasing customer satisfaction.

Concretely, drone-gathered data could be used to confirm the existence of features that make properties less risky to insure, such as storm windows, or a neighborhood gate.

Save money & time, and make your clients happier

Drone-mapping speeds up inspection, reduces inspection costs, minimizes operational risks, provides incontestable documentation and at the same time enables faster and more personalized service, benefiting both, insurance companies and clients.




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