Example datasets available for download: Eagle statue - Handheld camera

Eagle Statue - Handheld camera
The goal of this project is to generate the 3D model of the statue of an eagle by taking images from the ground using a Canon EOS 7D with perspective lens.
3D Textured Mesh
General project information
Location Switzerland
Average Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) Undefined
Area covered Undefined
Output coordinate system Arbitrary
Image acquisition
UAV None
Image acquisition plan 2 walks around the statue, each at a different altitude
Camera Canon EOS 7D (RGB)
Number of images 44
Image size 5184x3456
Image geolocation coordinate system None
Number of GCPs None
GCPs coordinate system None
Download* and project files

The dataset can be downloaded here.

The downloaded folder contains the following files and folders: 

  • images: RGB images in JPG format.
  • example_eagle.p4dproject file that can be opened in Pix4Dmapper.

*The usage of this dataset is meant to be for personal and professional training. If you would like to use it for commercial or promotional objectives, please be sure to mention "Courtesy of Pix4D / pix4d.com" linking all this text to pix4d.com.


Follow the instructions to:

Process the dataset using the included .p4d project file

This section describes how to process the dataset in order to generate the 3D model of the statue of an eagle.

1. Open the project example_eagle.p4d by double clicking it. 
2. On the Menu bar, click View > Processing. The Processing bar opens at the bottom of the main window.  

Note: As the goal of this project is to generate only the 3D model (no DSM and Orthomosaic), and as it has been taken using terrestrial images, the template used for the Processing has been set to 3D Models. This can be seen in Process > Processing Options...  

3. On the Processing bar, click Start to start the processing.

Process the dataset creating a new project

This section describes how to create and process a project in order to generate the 3D model of the statue of an eagle.

A) Create a new project:

1. Start Pix4Dmapper.
2. On the menu bar, click Project > New Project....
3. The New Project wizard opens.
4. In Name: Type a name for the project. In this example type example_eagle.
5. (optional) In Create In: Click on Browse, and on the Select Project Location pop-up, navigate to select the folder where the project and results will be stored and click Select Folder.  

Note: When the project is created, a folder named after the project name typed in the Name field will be created in the selected folder and will store all the results. The .p4d project file will also be stored in this folder.

6. (optional) Select the check box Use As Default Project Location to save all new projects in the selected folder.
7. In the section Project Type, keep selected the default option New Project.
8. Click Next.

The New Project wizard displays the Select Images window.

9. Click Add Directories... and select the images folder to add the images to the project.
10. Click Next.

The New Project wizard displays the Image Properties window. No image geolocation is detected. The camera model is loaded from the camera model database (CanonEOS7D_EF-S15-85mmf/3.5-5.6ISUSM_15.0_5184x3456 (RGB)).

11. Click Next.

The New Project wizard displays the Select Output Coordinate System window. By default the last output coordinate system selected in the software is selected.

12. Select Arbitrary Coordinate System with Unit meters.
13. Click Next.

The New Project wizard displays the Processing Options Template window.

Note: As the goal of this project is to generate only the 3D model (no DSM and orthomosaic), and as it has been taken using terrestrial images, the template to be selected is the 3D Models.

14. Select the 3D Models template.
15. Click Finish to finish the wizard and create the project. The Processing bar opens at the bottom of the main window.

B) Process the project:

1. On the Processing bar, select 1. Initial Processing, and deselect 2. Point Cloud and Mesh.
2. On the Processing bar, click Start to start the processing.

When Initial Processing finishes, the rayCloud opens.

3. Use the rayCloud to define a Processing Area to remove noisy points from the background and to keep only points of the statue. For more information about how to draw a Processing Area with the rayCloud: 202560179.

Note: The Processing Area used:

4. Edit the Processing Area such that the height adjusts to the height of the statue. For more information about how to edit a Processing Area with the rayCloud: 202560599.

Note: In the above Processing Area, the Maximum and Minimum Altitude are set to 50.00 [m] and -100.00 [m] respectively.

5. On the Processing bar, deselect 1. Initial Processing, and select 2. Point Cloud and Mesh.
6. On the Processing bar, click Start to start processing.


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