Using PIX4Dcatch with a viDoc RTK rover enables RTK-grade 3D scanning with the iPhone or iPad.
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At the moment, PIX4Dcatch with the viDoc RTK rover is only available on iOS. To set up PIX4Dcatch:
- Install PIX4Dcatch from the App store.
- Start PIX4Dcatch.
- Select the icon on the screen.
- In the Account Details, select:
- (New users) Create account and create a new PIX4D account.
- (Existing users) Log in with an existing PIX4D account.
Once PIX4Dcatch is installed on the device, you can already start acquiring datasets using the integrated GNSS sensor.
To get precise image geolocation, check the next chapter Connect PIX4Dcatch to the viDoc RTK rover.
Before starting the image acquisition, charge the viDoc RTK rover for 6 hours.
- Mount the viDoc RTK rover to the mobile device
- Turn on the rover with a single long press. The green light on the rover indicates it is turned on.
- Open the device settings and turn on Bluetooth.
- Start PIX4Dcatch.
- In the top-left corner of the screen, select the signal indicator and select viDoc RTK via Bluetooth.
Select viDoc RTK via Bluetooth.
- In the RTK Device Settings dialog:
Select the viDoc RTK rover, the NTRIP details, mountpoint and input coordinate system.
- Select the viDoc RTK rover under Available Bluetooth Devices.
- Enter the NTRIP details and select Connect:
- Hostname / IP
- Port number
- When the connection is established, select Choose mountpoint and select the preferred mountpoint.
- Select the input coordinate system.
7. Select Save.
A successful connection to the NTRIP service is indicated with a green RTK icon.
Once the viDoc RTK rover is successfully connected to PIX4Dcatch, wait for the RTK fix. For an optimal experience, make sure the antenna is not obstructed and that you have a good internet connection.
For more information on acquiring images, see Capturing a dataset - PIX4Dcatch article.
Make sure Accuracy is close to 0.01m, Status is RTK Fixed and HDOP is ideally below 1.
Check the Status and the HDOP during the acquisition to ensure that the conditions are optimal.
|No fix||The data is not valid, not enough satellites visible or internet connection problem.|
|Autonomous GNSS fix||Only Differential GNSS is used for data measurements. DGNSS is an enhancement to GNSS which determines its location bases on reference station, no fixing of ambiguities. The accuracy of the determined position can be in the range of 10 m or more.|
|DGNSS Only||The data is not valid, not enough satellites visible or internet connection problem.|
|RTK Float||The device does not have enough satellites in common with the base station (i.e., Mount Point) or reflected signals of satellites are received. The accuracy of the determined position can be in the range of 1 m.|
|RTK Fixed||The GNSS rover and base station (i.e., Mount Point) can see at least five satellites in common, and the rover is receiving corrections from the base station. The accuracy of the determined position can be in the range of a few centimeters.|
HDOP (Horizontal Dilution of Precision) gives an indication of how good the position and distribution of the satellites is. More in the Dilution of precision (navigation) article.
Generally, the HDOP value is considered ideal below 1, and to have centimeter level accuracy, from some testing, it has been observed that for a better accuracy we should take the readings which have a value lower than 0.65.
The accuracy values can vary and depend on multiple factors, for example:
- Blocked and reflected GNSS signal, close to buildings, trees, or bridges.
- Rapid movements of the device.
- Poor cellular reception.
For more information, see GNSS and viDoc RTK rover best practices.
When uploading on PIX4Dcloud, it is possible to change the output coordinate system:
- Click the coordinate system tab.
- Select the horizontal and vertical coordinate system in which you would like the outputs to be.
- Click Upload.
Uploading to PIX4Dcloud after selecting the output coordinate system.
Searching for the desired output coordinate system before uploading to PIX4Dcloud.