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Orbit Mapping Resource

This page documents the concepts of Mapping Resources.
To get a complete overview of all supported data types for Mapping Resources, see Supported Mapping Resources.


To use Aerial, Aerial Oblique, Mobile and Teresstrial Mapping data in Orbit, the raw data needs to be imported and processed into an Orbit Resource using a corresponding import template.

Orbit imports and organizes mapping data into mapping resources. A Resource is a single import of data.

Prepare data for import

Depending on the mapping system or setup you are using, you will collect trajectory, point cloud data, and imagery either 360° images, planar images, or both.
Before importing the captured mapping data, the standard tools of your system should be used to prepare, correct, process, and export the data. Mobile mapping imposes all captured data is correctly post-processed into a single reference frame.

Import using Import Template

Finally, the prepared resources will be imported and converted into an Orbit Mapping Resource using an according to Import Template. The Import Template reflects exactly the structure of prepared resources, vehicle setup and used sensors.

Mapping Resource

A single set of mobile mapping data, combining all resources of one collection effort, go mission, track, or session.
Any combination of supported mobile mapping resources can be imported using it's according to import template.

Multiple individual resources of different types (mesh, point cloud, geo-tagged photos, ortho, vector data, image data, trajectory) belong together because of the capturing/post-capturing process or the optimized delivery of a consumption pattern (city, county, year, survey).
E.g. a single data survey or merged delivery of all surveys for a city.


  • Organize
    A Run is the result of one import.
    At import, all resources are organized into one root folder. For each sensor or resource type, there is a dedicated subfolder.
    Manage Mapping Resources
  • Optimize
    At import, resources are optimized for performance and stored in Orbit's optimized native storage formats. Processing and optimizing resources require CPU and disk access. Access to storage is highly affecting processing speed. For best performance, it's recommended to read from one and write to another local or locally attached disk.
    After import CPU requirements are reduced to an absolute minimum for efficient and performant use of huge datasets on regular devices.
  • Coordinate System
    Any supported coordinate system can be used.
    It is recommended that all resources of a run do have the same coordinate system. If required CRS conversions can be applied upon import using a proper template configuration.
  • Size & Volume
    If runs are imported correctly, the length of trajectory or size of a single run is irrelevant to the performance in Orbit. There are no limitations on volume, size, or resolution of point cloud and imagery.


  • File access
    To import, process and use Runs direct file access is required by the Operating System User for Orbit Desktop products or for the Orbit Service user account for Orbit Publisher. Fast file access is required.
  • Permissions
    Runs are available for administrators only, no user permissions can be set.
    Don't worry if you are using a standalone product, you are the administrator.
  • Viewing
    There are no limitations on image nor point cloud viewing.
    The point cloud legend can be edited for both Map1) and Tabs2).
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Last modified:: 2023/05/12 16:31