Alteia R5 release note: Improved panel organization

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Enterprise teams need tools that can improve reporting of how resources are being used, and likewise contain a UX that everyone in the company can understand. This new release aims to reach these objectives. Here’s a roundup of what has changed on Alteia this month.

Panel redesign for easier navigation

Previously the panel to show your site’s different layers looked like this:


This shows you the different map products, however previously all layers were linked – you could not easily delete a layer while keeping the rest of the data intact. We wanted to make it easier to navigate and help our users manage the hierarchy of their information, so we’ve redesigned the layer panel UX.

First, we’ve made a distinction between a dataset (the original data uploaded by client or by Alteia analytics) and a layer (the representation in 2D or 3D of this dataset). Any layer can be removed independently and or be regenerated, as long as the dataset is still present. We’ve then created new categories:

  • Site data: contains all layers visible at project level (including “pinned” annotations). Upload a dataset as a reference file, and it will be placed on this section. This allows you to store referential data that you want to be searchable under all surveys in a project.
  • Survey data: contains all layers visible only on the current survey, such as annotations, analytics result, and flight images.
  • Base layers: contains all deliverables of photogrammetry basic package. This includes: Change maps, Scouting map, Orthophotos, Reflectance map, and DSM/DTM.

Layers are automatically sorted based on these three categories. For example, when you create a new annotations, they will be automatically stored into the annotations group, where you can therefore organize.

Using this new hierarchy, it is easier to visualize your original data, along with the annotations and layers you’ve added on top of your site. It’s also now easier for managers to delete surveys that are no longer needed.

Other improvements

We’re always aiming to continuously improve the stability of our platform. Here’s what we’ve been working on:

  • Upgraded Openlayer to the most recent major release. This upgrade has made title rendering faster, and zoom more efficient.
  • Simplify project creation for companies linked to Cardinal. Instead of completing a tedious form, site creation is partial automated. The position of project is auto-completed when the center of the vector is uploaded, and non required fields are auto-completed with “unknown”.

Sneak peek at what is coming soon

While this is not available on the site for this release, we are very excited to share what we’ve been working on. It’s in the pipeline for early 2020.

We understand that visibility over how your team processes data on Alteia is important in order to get the most out of your investment. We’ve now made it possible to track how your team consumes credits, so it’s crystal clear who is running the analytics, what sites they are being used on, and the type of analytics that have been processed.

Soon, you can click the “$” sign on the side panel to access a chart of how you’ve used your credits, and validate how many credits remain. Choose the range of time, choose the site and the analytics used, and export to a CSV.

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