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ROB LEBLANC + NICK LEBLANC

3D Fax
Machines
FR > LP+ NUMÉRISEURS 3D

THE DIGITAL FAX machine helped propel success for many
landscape architecture businesses when it was introduced
in the 1990s, before being replaced by a more modern
Internet a decade later. In the last few years, a new
type of " fax " machine is poised to change how
landscape architects work and do business over
the next decade.
These new facsimile machines create a perfect
digital replica of sites and landscapes that can
be used as part of the design process, throughout
construction and as part of the inspection and closeout.
While LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is rapidly
growing in popularity, and with its recent introduction into
Apples new iPhone 12 Pro (albeit with a reduced range of 5m), it
will still be a number of years before laser imaging has practical and
cost effective application for large sites. Instead, a technology known
as ortho-photogrammetry has made some amazing strides, and the
technology is now within reach of any landscape architect. This tool
employs aerial drones to autonomously 3D scan a site in minutes,
creating a perfectly accurate digital facsimile of a site or development,
which can be easily imported into CAD, BIM or 3D applications. There
are a number of software applications that can do this, however, in this
article we focus on one called DroneDeploy.
The DroneDeploy workflow is simple and employs a subscription
model, like most new software packages ($299 US per month with no
limit on the number of projects). While this price may sound a bit steep,
hold on until the end, there is tremendous value in what landscape
architects get for this price and it is an easy markup on any job. The
typical DroneDeploy workflow goes something like this:
1.	 Download the DroneDeploy app on your phone to connect and
control your aerial drone. With the app, you simply pick an area you
want to scan from your phone, and the app connects to your drone
and flies it automatically, collecting hundreds of photos that are
used to stitch together a 3D surface. You still need your drone pilot
license, but the software does all the flying from take-off to landing.
It is all completely automated.

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1 1 FOOT CONTOUR INTERVAL DIGITAL TERRAIN
MODEL GENERATED FROM DRONEDEPLOY FOR
A 2 ACRE SITE IN SACKVILLE, NS. DETAILED
TERRAIN FEATURES ARE EASILY VISIBLE.
2-5 DRONEDEPLOY, SACKVILLE NS

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2.	 The Drone automatically creates a georeferenced, high-resolution
base map as soon as the drone lands. A detailed geo-corrected
PDF is emailed to you within a few minutes of landing the drone
and a high-resolution base map is created on your mobile device
overlaid on a Google Earth image. If the software just stopped here
it would be worth it, but it does much, much more.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2021

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
OUR WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE
TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
VIRTUALIZATION OF THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROCESS
LE PAYSAGE VIRTUEL COMME OUTIL DE TRAVAIL
DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
3D FAX MACHINES
LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
CRITIQUE
INTERVIEW
FORUM
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - OUR WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - VIRTUALIZATION OF THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROCESS
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - LE PAYSAGE VIRTUEL COMME OUTIL DE TRAVAIL
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - 3D FAX MACHINES
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - 43
Landscapes - Spring 2021 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - INTERVIEW
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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