Welcome to Ecosynth

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Ecosynth develops low-cost user-deployed open-source systems for scanning ecosystems in 3D using:

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Agisoft Photo detection and side overlap

Posted by Tanvir Ahmed Shovon on May 6, 2016 at 12:19pm 0 Comments


I am a new Ecosynther. I am following your papers for designing  and improving last year's flight plans. AgiSoft.JPG here is a screen shot of photo list shown in Agisoft photo viewer window. These photos were taken from a lodgepole pine stand. Agisoft can't read most of the images, as only a few are ticked (according to my…


Ecosynth training flies through UAV and 3D modeling basics

Posted by Adam Dixon on February 4, 2016 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

An Ecosynth training was held at UMBC in December 2015 with participants from the GES graduate school and faculty of UMBC and UMCP. The training first organized a pre-flight checklist and reviewed flight safety measures including mention of current FAA regulations. In addition to the mechanics of lightweight UAV flight, participants developed and executed their own flight plan using Mission Planner software. Students…


Forest Conservation Takes Off - Elsevier Atlas Award Winner for September 2015

Posted by Erle Ellis on October 2, 2015 at 1:14pm 0 Comments

Have a look at Elsevier Atlas- where our work on 3D scanning of tropical rainforest recovery in Costa Rica with Zak Zahawi, Karen Holl, and Leighton Reid has won the Elsevier Atlas Award for September 2015!…


Interest in using Ecosynth for remote sensing course

Posted by Jonathan Resop on September 23, 2015 at 2:39pm 1 Comment

Hi all,

I teach at UMCP in the Department of Geographical Sciences' professional masters in GIS program. One class that I teach is an advanced remote sensing class focused on lidar. I would love to bring Ecosynth into my course, perhaps as a lab assignment. That way I can introduce my students to a low-cost alternative to lidar for generating point clouds.

I have yet to use Ecosynth myself, so I'm a bit of a beginner (my expertise is mostly in lidar remote sensing).



first point cloud

Posted by cody smelf on June 15, 2015 at 3:05pm 0 Comments

My first point cloud


Here is a point cloud we made with a Phantom 3 quadcopter and AgiSoft PhotoScan. We exported it in the Po-Tree format then put it on the web by editing an example from the free potree viewer(https://github.com/potree/potree).




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