Antenna tool

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This article describes how to read the antenna details that are extracted by the automatic antenna recognition algorithm, how to add additional information and how to use this piece of knowledge for collaboration.

Access: The Antenna tool is available only for Cell Tower assets and if Antenna recognition is checked in the Options while creating a new inspection.

Access the Antenna tool

To start using the Antenna tool, choose one of the following methods:

  • In the Layers tab of the left side navigation menu, click on an antenna of the Inventory Layer.
  • In the 3D view, click on a recognized antenna.
Information: If one or more antennas were not automatically detected, possible causes can be found in: Antenna recognition failure.

The Antenna viewer opens on the right. The images shown belong to the Orbit Underneath sub-missions of Pix4Dscan from which the antenna was reconstructed and identified. If the dataset was not acquired with Pix4Dscan, the images shown are generically only those that have a positive gimbal pitch angle.

Information about recognized antennas is shown on the Antenna Card.

Antenna Card

The Antenna Card contains the information that is computed via the Automatic antennas recognition algorithm and some additional end-user editable fields. In particular, it contains:

  • Automatic recognition data:
    • Antenna type
    • Downtilt
    • Azimuth
    • Plumb
    • Width
    • Height
    • Depth
    • Altitude (CL)

A detailed explanation of the AI recognized antenna details is available at: AI recognition of antennas.

  • End-user editable fields:
    • Model name
    • ID
    • Frequencies: multiple selection field.
    • Antenna is on. When the antenna is marked as on, the antenna has a green color in the 3D view. When marked as off, it has an orange color in the 3D view.
Note: The displayed units are those defined under the section Measurements units in the user's Account settings.

The content of the antenna details is automatically saved when added to the editable fields.

How to mark an image as the best fit

An image can be marked as the best-fit image for a specific antenna, in the sense that the best-fit image is the most representative and contains the highest amount of information for antenna inspection purposes.

To mark an image as best fit:

  1. In the Antenna viewer, pick the image considered as the best fit from the proposed ones.
  2. Change the zoom level of the image.
  3. Click star_1.png.

The image miniature in the carousel now shows the Best fit icon. The best fit image will be added to the reports with the zoom level and image framing that were active when clicking the star icon.

Antennas in the reports

Antennas' details are included in the reports that can be exported from Pix4Dinspect.


How to browse images

In the Antenna viewer, images can be browsed by:

  • Clicking the arrows shown on the enlarged image.
  • Using the left and right arrows on the keyboard.
  • Using the scroll bar under the carousel and clicking on a different image.
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