About Resource Groups

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About Resource Groups

What are Resource Groups ?

A Resource Group is an easy way to organize your data more effectively.  List up some resources that share type and CRS, and you’re good to make a Group.

For example : You have collected Mobile Mapping data of a city, and you needed 47 runs to do so.  You can view the whole city by opening all 47 runs individually.  Not so handy isn’t it ?  So you create a Resource Group, and add all 47 runs in that Resource Group.  Now you can view the whole city by opening just one Resource Group.  Remember, they must be of the same type (in this case all Mobile Mapping) and have the same CRS (for one city, that might not be too hard to accomplish).

You can create Resource Groups for any type of data : a bunch of UAV flights to cover the area, several airplane passes to cover the region with aerial oblique or LiDAR, a set of Mobile Mapping runs, a set of Indoor Mapping runs, a set of Terrestrial scans.

There’s one setback to the Resource Group which is equal to it’s great advantage : all operations apply to all of the underlying resources.  So switching visibility on and off applies to all, changing the colorization of the point cloud, applies to all, and so on.  For some purposes, you may still want to open the individual Resources, which is fine because they remain available in your Catalog.

Note that a Resource Group is something you manage in the Console.  When you access it from the Viewer, it will simply appear as a Resource : the Viewer makes no difference between Resources and Resource Groups.


Managing a Resource Group

Add and Remove

Use the appropriate pages in the Console to create and delete a Resource Group, and to add and remove individual Resources to/from the Group.


Just like Resources, you can share a Resource Group to Named Users, Teams and whole Organisations.

Tags and other Metadata

Just like Resources,  Tags can be added and other metadata completed such as copyright.  Technical metadata is recalculated on the fly.

Updating a Resource

When updating an individual Resource using one of the Upload tools, the Resource will be temporarily unavailable until the upload is completed.  The Resource Group may also be unavailable during upload.  Upon completion, 3D Mapping Cloud will check if the Resource still complies with the conditions (same type, same CRS) and will update the technical metadata accordingly. If not, the Resource will no longer be part of the Resource Group.  So, this is all managed for you.



If you are familiar with Orbit GT’s desktop products or On-Premises Publisher, the Resource Group is the 3D Mapping Cloud equivalent to a Mobile Mapping Project or an Oblique Project.