First time posting here and look forward to reading other posts.
After having spent 40 years in aviation and now beef farming for the past 4 years in Australia I have been researching the idea of combining the experiences into a business concentrating on providing a no fuss multispectral ag service for farmers in the local area. The area I live in (Gippsland) is a very fertile farming district with abundant rain fall that grows a variety of pastures, crops and vines so the opportunities are many and varied.
I have been doing a lot of research and finally coming up with a solution that i think will work well. Part of this solution includes using ODM to process my indexed orthomosaics.
I am trying to be financially efficient and keep costs down but understand I need the right tools for the job which means upgrading computers and alike.
I have a couple of questions for the forum.
I only intend to output 2d indexed maps but have heard that ODM can be quite memory intensive when processing data. I intend to buy a MacBookAir with 16GB RAM (Max allowed) is that sufficient? I know more is better but I am trying to keep initial costs down.
As far as mapping solutions go I have been looking at Litchi but note that it does not have a mapping capability. Is there a set of tables or an input form that is able to provide a flight path and spacings for a given height, speed, overlap, FOV, Focal length etc etc. I’m happy to manually construct the mission. I know there is other software eg Pix4D, that can create the whole flight but my research seems to indicate that there are some reliability issues with these programs Litchi being very reliable.
ODM was recommended to me by another user and I know it is open source which does worry me somewhat from the point of view that I have limited computing skills when it comes to interfacing at the operating system level if you get my drift. I would like to know what other people experiences are in particular ease of use when producing eg NDVI maps etc I guess what I am asking how intuitive is ODM to use. Of course I will read as much as possible but that doesn’t always cut it.
Thanks and Cheers