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Explore UltraMap 6.0: #4 Professional data production insights

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3 August 2023
UltraMap 6.0 Production insights
UltraMap v6 is at the heart of our Vexcel data program, effectively processing millions of square kilometers. In this blog post, we delve into real-world examples to quantify the benefits offered by the latest UltraMap version. By comparing data processed with UltraMap v5 and v6, we uncover the advancements that enhance production efficiency. Let's dive in! 
UltraMap 6.0 Production insights
UltraMap v6 is at the heart of our Vexcel data program, effectively processing millions of square kilometers. In this blog post, we delve into real-world examples to quantify the benefits offered by the latest UltraMap version. By comparing data processed with UltraMap v5 and v6, we uncover the advancements that enhance production efficiency. Let's dive in! 

Accelerated production in UltraCam Osprey 4.1 data processing


The first comparison is for Porto, Portugal, which was flown with an UltraCam Osprey 4.1. The first flight, conducted in June 2021, covered a total project area of 743 square kilometers, processed with UltraMap v5. The second flight in May 2022 extended the coverage to 798 square kilometers, with processing carried out using the upgraded UltraMap v6. In contrast to the project conducted in 2021, the number of required edits was reduced by 47%. These edits exclusively pertain to UltraMap, including DSM and DTM adjustments or seamline edits, for example. Furthermore, the production time following ortho processing was minimized by a remarkable 66%.
Here is the total area processed with UltraMap v5:
Porto, Portugal, processed with UltraMap v5
In comparison: Porto, processed with UltraMap v6: 
Porto, Portugal, processed with UltraMap v6

Accelerated production in UltraCam Osprey 4.1 data processing


The first comparison is for Porto, Portugal, which was flown with an UltraCam Osprey 4.1. The first flight, conducted in June 2021, covered a total project area of 743 square kilometers, processed with UltraMap v5. The second flight in May 2022 extended the coverage to 798 square kilometers, with processing carried out using the upgraded UltraMap v6. In contrast to the project conducted in 2021, the number of required edits was reduced by 47%. These edits exclusively pertain to UltraMap, including DSM and DTM adjustments or seamline edits, for example. Furthermore, the production time following ortho processing was minimized by a remarkable 66%.
Here is the total area processed with UltraMap 5.0:
Porto, Portugal, processed with UltraMap v5
In comparison: Porto, processed with UltraMap 6.0: 
Porto, Portugal, processed with UltraMap v6

Efficiency boost: Swift large-scale processing of UltraCam Condor 4.1 data


The second comparison shows Ocala in Florida, USA, flown with an UltraCam Condor 4.1. The project area covered 11,360 square kilometers (UM v5 project) and 10,727 square kilometers (UM v6 project). Again, editing efforts decreased by 34% and post-ortho production time was reduced by 38%. 
Ocala, Florida, processed with UltraMap v5:
Ocala, Florida, processed with UltraMap v5
Ocala, Florida, processed with UltraMap v6:
Ocala, Florida, processed with UltraMap v6

Efficiency boost: Swift large-scale processing of UltraCam Condor 4.1 data


The second comparison shows Ocala in Florida, USA, flown with an UltraCam Condor 4.1. The project area covered 11,360 square kilometers (UM v5 project) and 10,727 square kilometers (UM v6 project). Again, editing efforts decreased by 34% and post-ortho production time was reduced by 38%. 
Ocala, Florida, processed with UltraMap v5:
Ocala, Florida, processed with UltraMap v5
Ocala, Florida, processed with UltraMap v6:
Ocala, Florida, processed with UltraMap v6

Productivity surge: Streamlining data production with reduced manual edits


In the pursuit of achieving homogenous photorealistic water surfaces for large water bodies, the orthomosaics processed with UltraMap v5 often required additional manual editing using Adobe Photoshop. Angela Yragui, GIS Data Analyst for the Vexcel Data Program, noted that with UltraMap v6, the need for manual edits has significantly decreased: “We’re seeing a huge influx of AOIs that don’t need Photoshop at all even though there is a lot of water in the AOI. A lot of it looks good enough from the editing they do within UltraMap.” 

This chart shows the percentage and ratio of all AOIs processed in 2023 with and without the need for additional water edits. Whereas with UM v5, 74% of all AOIs needed additional water editing, the number dropped to 42% in UM v6. 

Difference in need for additional water edits, UM v5 compared to v6

Productivity surge: Streamlining data production with reduced manual edits


In the pursuit of achieving homogenous photorealistic water surfaces for large water bodies, the orthomosaics processed with UltraMap v5 often required additional manual editing using Adobe Photoshop. Angela Yragui, GIS Data Analyst for the Vexcel Data Program, noted that with UltraMap v6, the need for manual edits has significantly decreased: “We’re seeing a huge influx of AOIs that don’t need Photoshop at all even though there is a lot of water in the AOI. A lot of it looks good enough from the editing they do within UltraMap.” 

This chart shows the percentage and ratio of all AOIs processed in 2023 with and without the need for additional water edits. Whereas with UM v5, 74% of all AOIs needed additional water editing, the number dropped to 42% in UM v6. 

Difference in need for additional water edits, UM v5 compared to v6

Fast Data Interaction: Accelerating Access and Handling


Paving the way for heightened efficiency and swifter processing, the enhanced ortho module performance in UltraMap v6 takes center stage. Pilar Andrinal Garcia, Production Manager at the Vexcel Data Program, attests to this enhancement: “In ortho editing phase we can manage the project file better. The file size is smaller, so we can work in this phase quickly and do the DSM and DTM editing faster.”
The following images show AOIs as they were automatically created by UltraMap. No manual editing was involved. 
Images created by UltraMap without manual editing
Images created by UltraMap without manual editing
Fast Data Interaction: Accelerating Access and Handling

Paving the way for heightened efficiency and swifter processing, the enhanced ortho module performance in UltraMap v6 takes center stage. Pilar Andrinal Garcia, Production Manager at the Vexcel Data Program, attests to this enhancement: “In ortho editing phase we can manage the project file better. The file size is smaller, so we can work in this phase quickly and do the DSM and DTM editing faster.”
The following images show AOIs as they were automatically created by UltraMap. No manual editing was involved. 
Images created by UltraMap without manual editing
Images created by UltraMap without manual editing
This is the fourth and final post in our UltraMap version 6.0 blog series. In case you haven't had the chance to explore the previous posts covering topics like water handling, True Pixel Processing (TPP), and the enhanced ortho performance, catch up here. 
This is the fourth and final post in our UltraMap version 6.0 blog series. In case you haven't had the chance to explore the previous posts covering topics like water handling, True Pixel Processing (TPP), and the enhanced ortho performance, catch up here. 
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