One of the most innovative tools Plex-Earth 5D has to offer, is the ability to create a chronological visualization of your imagery, with the use of the tool Timeline. This way, you can track the changes being made in the area of your interest, or observe the progress of your own project through time.
Timeline, also, with the help of our premium providers, Airbus and Maxar, allows users to directly view very up-to-date satellite imagery.
To learn more about Timeline's capabilities, just follow the tutorial below.
Step 1: Georeference your drawing
To begin with, we must make sure that the drawing is georeferenced (tutorial). If your drawing is already georeferenced, the same settings will apply.
In case you don't know the coordinate system, or you start with a blank DWG, you can Quickly georeference a blank drawing simply by copy-pasting your area's Google Earth place mark, in Plex-Earths' workspace, as shown in the attached tutorial.
Step 2: Use the "Timeviews" panel
On the Plex-Earth 5D ribbon tab, look for the "Timeviews" panel, and click "Create Timeline", in order to access this service.
Step 3: Specify the area of interest
After you do that, you will be prompted to define the area you would like the Timeline to be created for. There will be two ways to specify it. The first one, "By Point", lets you specify your project's location by defining a point in the DWG. With the second option, "By Rectangle", you will be able to specify your location by defining a rectangle in the DWG.
Following, an other window should pop-up with the list of the available datasets, to choose from.
An additional feature of the Timeline functionality, is the ability to import imagery from various dates, as well as, have access to the imagery's Metadata, which will provide you with various information and its publication date.
To gain Metadata access just click the three lines on the right part of each Dataset.
A window containing the above mentioned, should now appear in your screen.
Note: If the area of interest is of a larger size, a message "Area too Large", may appear, claiming that the area could not be covered with a single image. Therefore, in order to continue, you should specify an other area of a smaller size or else, consider creating a Mosaic of Images. In the meantime, an image that covers the already specified area will be imported, in case you need to identify the location better.
Next, after you choose your preferred dataset, a window of the area's Timeline should appear.
So now, if you would like you can add more dates in your Timeline, in order to produce a list of your historical imagery. This way, you will be able to track any possible changes being made in your project's area, and learn geological information, that will surely save your life though the design process.
Finally, in case where the project area is quite big, as we mentioned above, or when detailed imagery is needed, for example in order to act as an underlay in which the design will be based, the "Create Mosaic" command will be used.
Afterwards, you will be asked to specify the area for the Mosaic creation. You will be able to do this manually, by creating a rectangle with your mouse, or by choosing a polyline of your DWG. By choosing the polyline option, the mosaic that will be imported will consist of a number of tiles, inserted inside the borders of the chosen polyline.
Next, a window asking, whether you would like to continue with the Zoom Level you currently selected in Timeline, or if not, you will be prompted to select the image quality matching your needs.
The number of tiles that will cover the specified area will depend on the Zoom Level you are about to choose.
The bigger the Zoom Level, the larger the number of tiles imported. Therefore, the better the resolution, that you will be given.
Your tiles, are now ready to capture. The only thing remaining, is to hit the "Start capturing now!" button. So, what are you waiting for?
And, finally, here you have it imagery mosaic on your screen.
Plex-Earth's Timeline functionality, provides you with the most recent, as well historical images, so you can have a wide spectrum of imagery to choose from.
We the Plex-Earth team know well that time is a valuable thing, regarding the progress of your project, as well as the amount of time you consume in order to achieve your goals. That's why we have come up with the most easy and quick solutions.
Finally, if you want to enjoy more magic, then of course you can try out Plex-Earth 5D. This means more imagery features, more providers, editing tools, terrain data and the ability to import/export KML/KMZ features!
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