Mapping a stream ...can't use KMZ, KML or SHP file


I have a KMZ file and a SHP file of an area I need to map. It is an area with the two streams marked for me to map.

I downloaded the appropriate KML / SHP App to my Drone Deploy acct.

I put the KMZ file in Google Earth and made a KML file. When I try to import this into Drone Deploy it says “Unsupported boundary type. We currently support Polygons and LineStrings.”

When I try import the SHP file, the screen freezes.

What I need to do, if possible, is map the stream as a centerpoint, keeping approximately 50 ft. on each side. I figured at 75 feet altitude, I would get a pretty close to this, my P4 FOV. But I can’t load the file with the stream in it.

Any help would be truly appreciated. I am testing this software out for a client who will be purchasing theh PRO product shortly, if I can only prove how well it works! LOL


Is your KMZ a path or polygon?


Did you create polygon in GE or just change the file type of a file from somewhere else?


When I bring it up in Google Earth, the KMZ file shows a crooked line that represents a stream, laying in the area where the stream travels. I need to try and use that line to plot the map as a centerline and 50 ft. out on each side of the stream, mapping it across about 5 acres of terrain.


No I did not create anything in GE. I just brought the KMZ file in and saw the stream and the area I was to work in. The client wants me to use this to path 50 ft. to each side of the stream and follow it through the terrain on this parcel of land. I don’t have a KML file specifically, but the KMZ comes up in GE and then I can export it as a KML. No?


Kim, I have not tried it myself, but the instructions say that a polygon is what is used. You are describing that the file you are using is a poly “line”. Perhaps open the file in Google Earth and then use the polygon tool to draw the area around your line and export that new polygon and bring it into DD instead of the original line file.


That is correct. Make a polygon at the width you desire making sure not to go to wide so you can maintain proper overlaps. You can then use the linear app to make the back and forth.

In my opinion, if the stream has any vegetation at the banks I would run the crosshatch pattern at 45d to the majority of the centerline so it looks like a diamond pattern with a gimbal angle of 60d. The width of the pattern should be at least the width that you are trying to cover overage on each side so your total width is 3 times that of the bank to bank. It may seem like allot of work, but I can guarantee you will be much happier with the model and should not have to go back. Beyond that you will have a ton of great obliques of the area.