Menu Process > Generate DTM

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Access: On the Menu bar, click Process > Generate DTM (enabled once the Raster DSM is generated and the tiles of the Raster DSM are merged).


This process takes as input the merged Raster DSM (Digital Surface Model), computes a classification mask and generates the Raster DTM (Digital Terrain Model).

DTM of the center of the city of Lausanne DSM of the center of the city of Lausanne


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  • Eric Fabio

    I am working to create a highly accurate canopy height model for determining plant height for plant breeding application. I am having a hard time deciding which processing option settings would be most conducive to producing the most accurate DTM possible. Computing power and time are not a problem. I have generated DTM and have gotten mixed results. Occasionally the planted areas will influence the model causing an increase in terrain height collocated with planted areas. What would be one way to get a really accurate terrain model? Is it possible to select data in pix4d above a certain height rather then going through the drudgery of selecting each open area of the field and assigning it as ground and disabling all other areas?

  • Kapil (Pix4D)

    Hi Eric,

    It is always challenging when you are calculating the DTM for the area which is covered by the dense vegetation because very few portions of the land are visible to estimate the DTM. However, the best option I would recommend is editing the point cloud. There might be another approach such as mapping the land before vegetation(which is not suitable for this project) and using that DTM model to subtract the DSM model to get the plant height. The only setting recommendation to improve the DTM other than editing the point cloud is enabling the point cloud classification, which you have already used.

    For now, Pix4Dmapper doesn't provide the feature that allows you to edit the point cloud based on the altitude. However, I would recommend you to use GIS software such as QGIS, ArcGIS and so on which might be helpful for you for this procedure.


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