Here’s a great novel way to organize your data : package a bunch of Resources in a Resource Group and access it as if it were a single set of data. Yes, it’s that simple.
And it’s important too. At Orbit GT, we focus on the big volume of data as much as on the flexibility.. The latter applies to all sorts of volumes of data. Typically, to complete a data collection job, you may have to drive/walk/fly out several times to cover the project area, resulting in separate sets of data that really belong together as one. So here’s the solution and it can’t get any easier than that : just bundle these sets into a Resource Group and you’re done.
Can I do the same with Resource Groups as I do with individual Resources ?
Yes. Totally. Even better, in the Viewer you don’t even see the difference – every Resource Group is listed as if it were a single Resource.
Then are there any setbacks ?
Well, it’s not a setback but just a practical restriction : all Resources in a Resource Group must be of the same type, meaning either Mobile Mapping, UAS Mapping and so on. Mixed Groups are not possible. Also the CRS must be the same.
Must I prepare my data in a specific way ?
No, not really. Of course you want to make sure that the Resources “match” regarding CRS, positional accuracy, overall quality and so on, just to provide a smooth and homogeneous user experience for the end user. That is best checked and prepared using the Orbit 3DM Content Manager, before you upload the Resources. The 3DM Content Manager also provides the tools to clean up your point cloud, correct positional accuracy and check for overlaps or missing parts in your coverage. For sure very valuable when bringing your data online.
Why would I use Resource groups ?
Well yes, you’re right. Using the 3D Mapping Content Manager, you can consolidate and deliver a single large set of data, instead of many little portions that you have to group together afterwards. So you may think Resource Groups are not really necessary. That’s a perfectly valid point of view. But there are situations in which Resource Groups make your life easier. For example, if you need to update portions of your data frequently. You can then organise your data in smaller units, upload those and group them for a unified user experience. When changes need to be made, simply update that single part using the 3D Mapping Content Manager Upload tools, and the Resource Group is updated automatically, providing a seamless transition to the user. Life (and work) can be easy !