About Resources & Resource Groups

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About Resources and Resource Groups


Resources are single data units of a certain data type. That unit can be small or very large. A resource can be a single file (e.g. point cloud), but it can also be a complex file and folder structure depending on the resource data type (e.g. a mobile mapping run).

Traditional Geodata, such as Points, Lines, Areas are valid Resource data types. Other supported primitive data types are Point Clouds (e.g. Aerial LiDAR) and GIS Images, (e.g. file or web-based orthophotos).  DEM’s (Terrain) and Textured Meshes are also supported.

Resources can also be of a complex nature, such as a Mobile Mapping Run, an Oblique Project, a UAV Flight, an Indoor Floor or a Static Scan. These types of Resources are comprised out of multiple subsets, each representing a part of what is needed to work with this data. Typically, these Resources contain data from multiple sensors.
For example, a Mobile Mapping Run can contain a point cloud, photo recording positions, spherical and/or planar images, a system trajectory, coverage and envelope, resource specifications (e.g. coordinate reference system) and legend preferences. However, the Resource appears as a single entry in any listing.

Resources can also be bundled in a Group or a Project for easy access.

Resource Groups

Resource Groups are nothing more than groups of Resources. Resources in a Resource Group must share Data Type and Coordinate Reference System.
Resource Groups are used to obfuscate multiple resources that jointly represent a logical unit, for example, a city or a building. The user will be given access to the Resource Group rather than to each Resource that is a part of it.

You may wish to subdivision e.g. your city data in several patches, and handle and upload each patch separately so that the total size doesn’t become too large.  By bringing the patches together in a Resource Group, the user directly accesses all Resources of the Group in a single click.
A Resource Group is an easy way to organize data more effectively.  A Resource can belong to multiple Resource Groups.
You must have the Resource Manager role to have access to the create and edit Resource Groups.

Supported Data Types

Supported data types :

  • Street-level and Indoor Mobile Mapping
  • Drone-based UAS Mapping, LiDAR, Imagery and derived content
  • Aerial Oblique Mapping
  • Backpack Mapping
  • Terrestrial scans
  • Textured Mesh, 3D Objects
  • Traditional GIS resources such as reference Ortho imagery, DEMs and Vector Resources

All supported Geodata Resources are listed here.

Prepare, Upload and Update Resources

3D Mapping Cloud expects the Resources to be well prepared. We have built great tools to help you do that.
Read more about Upload Tools to prepare and upload your Resources.