# OctoMap 3D Models with ROS/Gazebo

The OctoMap library (opens new window) is an open source library for generating volumetric 3D environment models from sensor data. This model data can then be used by a drone for navigation and obstacle avoidance.

This guide covers how to use OctoMap with the Gazebo Rotors Simulator (opens new window) and ROS.

# Installation

The installation requires ROS, Gazebo and the Rotors Simulator plugin. Follow the Rotors Simulator instructions (opens new window) to install.

Next, install the OctoMap library:

sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-octomap ros-indigo-octomap-mapping
rosdep install octomap_mapping
rosmake octomap_mapping

Now, open ~/catkin_ws/src/rotors_simulator/rotors_gazebo/CMakeLists.txt and add the following lines to the bottom of the file

find_package(octomap REQUIRED)

Open ~/catkin_ws/src/rotors_simulator/rotors_gazebo/package.xml and add the following lines


Run the following two lines:


The first line changes your default shell editor to gedit. This is recommended for users who have little experience with vim (the default editor), but can otherwise be omitted.

export EDITOR='gedit'
rosed octomap_server octomap_tracking_server.launch

and change the two following lines:

<param name="frame_id" type="string" value="map" />
<!--remap from="cloud_in" to="/rgbdslam/batch_clouds" /-->


<param name="frame_id" type="string" value="world" />
<remap from="cloud_in" to="/firefly/vi_sensor/camera_depth/depth/points" />

# Running the Simulation

Run the following three lines in separate terminal windows. This opens up Gazebo, Rviz and an octomap server.

roslaunch rotors_gazebo mav_hovering_example_with_vi_sensor.launch  mav_name:=firefly
roslaunch octomap_server octomap_tracking_server.launch

In Rviz, change the field 'Fixed Frame' from 'map' to 'world' in the top left of the window. Now click the add button in the bottom left and select MarkerArray. Then double click the MarkerArray and change 'Marker Topic' from '/free_cells_vis_array' to '/occupied_cells_vis_array'

Now you should see a part of the floor.

In the Gazebo window, insert a cube in front of the red rotors and you should see it in Rviz.

OctoMap Example in Gazebo