See what's new at Propeller - last updated February 5, 2024
Magic Polygons just got whole lot more powerful
The new and improved Magic Polygon tool will suggest boundaries for measurements or terrain cleanups, and allow you to effortlessly customize the number of suggested vertices and adjust the buffering around objects (e.g a stockpile) to achieve your desired outcome.
Say goodbye to spending ages drawing polygons manually, ‘cause this tool is all about saving you time!
Specifically you can:
- Increase or decrease the buffer around an object
- Increase or decrease the no of vertices around an object in your site.
For example, you might increase the number of vertices around a stockpile and increase the buffering to ensure you have a more accurate polygon and have captured the edges of a stockpile. This gives you a more reliable volume measurement and ensures you get consistent stockpile measurements throughout your project.
For a terrain clean-up, you might want to increase the buffering around an object such as a vehicle, or bridge before removing it from your terrain model. Thus helping you get more accurate earthwork quantities.
Why it’s important
This updated Magic Polygon experience helps save you time by helping you to do Stockpile measurements and terrain clean-ups more quickly and with more control.
- Available to all Propeller and Trimble Stratus customers
New downloadable DTM (GeoTIFF) and contour (DXF) files types.
We've added two new file types that you can download for use in third-party software. LiDAR geo-referenced Digital Terrain Model (GeoTiff - DTM) and contour (DXF) formats that geo-reference the site CRS.
To download these survey files:
- Click the OUTPUTS tab in the main menu
- Choose Files under the SURVEY FILES category
- Select the format you need.
New orthophoto export formats available.
More flexibility and easier workflows with new downloadable format options.
When exporting Orthophotos from measurement, in addition to GeoTIFF and JPEG, we now offer the following file formats:
- KML (Google Earth compatibility)
- JP2 (reduced file size)
- PNG (transparency)
From the MEASUREMENTS tab, select Export, choose the option 'Orthophoto via Email' then select the preferred file format from the dropdown list.
New Autodesk Build integration for exporting files.
No more lost time manually downloading files and uploading them to Autodesk Build.
Push files directly from Propeller to Autodesk Build for faster, more efficient data exporting. From the OUTPUTS tab, choose Files, select a format, then choose PUSH TO, and select Autodesk Build from the integrations list.
New Surface Comparison Tool: Users can now select any two surfaces of any kind (including Surveys, Designs, and surfaces created using reference elevations and polygons), in any order and compare them.
New: Update to Cross-Sections—click to freeze cursor
You can now click on the Cross-Section to “freeze” a cursor in place, and subsequently add additional cursors. To remove these cursors, simply use the "Clear Marks" button, which becomes available after freezing a cursor.
New: Enhanced OBJ
An enhancement to our existing textured model (OBJ) exports has increased the resolution by 4X and unlocks additional customer workflows and the ability to inspect finer imagery details.
This update supports both published and local sites and aligns with other geo-referenced data for use in 3rd party software.
More ways to measure Cross-Sections
- New measurement types: We’ve added a drop-down menu to the existing cross-section tool that provides four additional measurement options: horizontal, tangent (degrees), tangent (ratio), and tangent (percent).
- Horizontal measurement: The horizontal mode rotates the plane of measurement by 90° to display the horizontal distance between two surfaces rather than the vertical distance.
- Tangent Measurements: The three tangent measurements rotate the measurement tool so that it lies at a tangent to the surface that your cursor is hovering over, projecting a perpendicular line outward.Learn more about the updates to the Cross-Section measurement tool.
Following the release of our Mobile App, we heard consistent feedback that it was too hard to see through the surface to the underlying terrain, making it difficult to place the crosshair in relation to terrain features. This update makes it easier for anyone trying to make measurements in the Mobile App with design surfaces turned on.
Update to Reports: We’ve combined the Stockpile Inventory Report and Measurement Report into one reporting tool that delivers additional functionality. Other improvements linked to this update include:
- Interactive cropping window: Automatically capture exactly what you see in Propeller (measurements and all) with added layers of data for both PDF reports and PDF maps.
- Greater control: Choose the resolution, format, and orientation of your report contents and customize your measurement labels and document title.
- Better previews: Preview your report before exporting it to make sure everything’s formatted to your preferences.
User permissions update: Users with INSPECT level permissions can now view the Survey tab and use all the features apart from Terrain Cleanups
Introducing Magic Polygons: A new AI feature designed to quickly identify objects within orthophotos, providing intuitive polygon suggestions for stockpile measurements and terrain cleanups. Learn more.
New LiDAR workflow: Capture an accurate bare earth ground surface below vegetation for bidding with our new supported workflow with DJI Zenmuse L1 sensor + RGB camera. We now process your raw L1 data, georeference, classify ground and non-ground points, and produce an accurate existing ground topo.
Support for underground utilities: You can now access utility cross-sections and design line work on any device.
A new 'Fair' range was added to the photogrammetry processing report. Previously the image quality range in the processing report was either ‘Good’ or ‘Poor’. ‘Fair 0.8 > x >= 0.7’ has been added as an additional range to improve accuracy.
Empty Design folders now grayed out in the Mobile App: quickly see which folders are empty in the Layers > Designs tab on Mobile.
New AeroPoint activation workflow: while functionality remains the same, we've updated the interface to make it easier to activate AeroPoints in two ways; as a five-pack via the activation code or individually via the serial number. More on AeroPoint activation here.
Access chat support directly via the Mobile App: The 'Get Help' link in the Mobile app now goes directly to chat support. It previously used to go to a support email. This update makes it quicker and easier to connect with our support teams.
Improved rendering of designs: Text within Design files now sticks to the terrain, previously it used to float in a hovering label.
View IFC files in the Mobile App: You can now view IFC files while out in the field using the Mobile App, streamlining the QA process and making it easier to catch errors early on.
Faster performance for large sites in the Platform: decreasing the time it takes to load and interact with the map.
New QR code share survey feature added to the Platform: Scan the QR directly within the Platform by clicking 'View on Mobile' at the top right on your screen to automatically open the survey you are looking at in the Mobile App.
We now support Wingtra's RGB61 camera: The RGB61 is a full frame camera powered by Sony Alpha 7R Mark IV and is well integrated with WingtraPilot. It is best suited for Wingtra customers that require short flight times.
Tag yourself in photo comments and receive an email: stay across what's happening on site by easily tagging yourself the comments for photos uploaded using the Media feature.
Pin, organize and react to media on the map: capture your reality in real-time, from any device. Learn more about the Media here.
Volumes and heatmaps now available on the Mobile App: You can now create and view heatmaps to see your cut/fill against design and calculate earthwork volumes out on site, without having to return to the office.
Export view as high-resolution JPEGs: Capture and download a map view with all of the desired layers, such as contour lines, heat maps, and line work designs as a high-resolution JPEG. Learn more here.
New filtering explanations during the upload process: we wanted to make it quicker and easier for customers to reduce the chance of error and get surveys processed correctly by providing more clarity and guidance on the recommended filtering options.
Clamp layers for designs in the Mobile App: if a design appears to be floating below/above the surface, clamping the design linework to make it appear inline with the ground. This is inline with the desktop Platform.
Share access to your site via Invite links: Easily share access to your site with an invite link at an access level of your choosing. You can also delete and reset, if you ever want to change the link, or stop people from gaining access via a link you sent out previously.
New Platform Home screen: An update to the Home screen in the desktop Platform makes it easier to get to your desired site more quickly. You can now sort and filter sites to quickly view the most recently viewed, last modified, date created, and by A-Z. You can also easily favorite your most frequently used sites and navigate through multiple portals.
Improved point cloud on measurements: See the impact of filtering, better visualize facades, and clearly show that you are measuring on the terrain with this round of updates:
- Add a point cloud opacity slider with range of 0-100% (no value/range label)
- Lower point cloud opacity to 10% when any measurement is being created, edited or viewed
- Put measurement tooltips and labels in front of the point cloud
- Trace on the terrain instead of the point cloud
- Keep the Orthophoto layer checked when Point Cloud is checked
New Propeller Mobile App: This new app is an extension of the Propeller Platform and can help you solve problems in the field by using your Propeller data. Key features include:
- Viewing your maps in high quality 3D
- Viewing DXF files on your phone that also show your location
- Measuring distance, area, and elevation with cut/fill to a design surface
- Full support for custom coordinate systems
Microsoft SSO now available: Sign in using your Microsoft account using personal and business accounts such as OneDrive, Outlook, Sharepoint, and Microsoft 365.
New permissions levels: Inspect and Measure to aid collaboration while providing greater control over user access and activities.
- Inspect: This permission level allows users to view designs and measurements without the ability to edit them.
- Measure: This permission level allows users to make measurements, but they cannot change or delete designs or modify site settings.
New Platform analytics dashboard: Portal admin's can now track activity and usage of the portal, such as the number of sites, users, surveys, uploaded designs, and measurements created for the last 12 months.
Export cropped orthophotos of your site from regular or composite surveys: allowing for further analysis in other software applications as a JPEG or GeoTIFF.