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3.	 Once you land your drone, upload the photos (usually about
100 photos per acre are automatically generated) to the
DroneDeploy website, where DroneDeploy's backend stitches
them into a detailed 3D model of your site with a resolution of
inches. Within an hour or two of uploading, your detailed 3D
model is ready to use. You can also upload one or more survey
control points for greater map and 3D accuracy; however,
the sub-foot accuracy is astonishing even without any
control points.
4.	 With the 3D surface created, you can export an AutoCAD 3D
surface TIN completely georeferenced with one-foot contour
intervals (you pick your map projection). This allows you to pull
the surface into Civil 3D or REVIT easily. You can also export
the point cloud file into Autodesk ReCap for further processing
and point cloud editing. DroneDeploy has an algorithm to
generate a ground surface under a tree canopy that works
pretty well. You can also export OBJ files to be imported into 3D
applications like Blender, Lumion or even Sketchup.
5.	 DrondeDeploy has an intuitive interface for easily doing cut
and fill calculations and slope profiles, area takeoffs and cross
sections. Once you add your material unit costs, the software
can quickly generate volume costs estimates. You can also
upload your CAD design files to monitor the progress of
construction in the application. Once the flight path is saved,
you can return to the site whenever you want to gather new 3D
data as site construction progresses. It is easy to compare the

3D model of any different dates including cut and fill quantities
or differences between a proposed surface and actual surfaces.
6.	 The software allows you to make a variety of annotations on the
3D model to track progress and do site inspection reports. This
reporting, along with the 3D surfaces, can be shared with clients
or sub-consultants to monitor construction progress (here's a
link to the site used in this article as an example). DroneDeploy
also allows you to add ground-based photos, aerial panoramas,
and even 360 camera walkthroughs as part of the project
file, creating a comprehensive tool for site inspections and
construction progress reports.
7.	 There are many other tools built into the software, including a
plant health simulation tool, that are too detailed for this short
article. Take it from us, there are some very cool tools in this
application that landscape architects should be very excited
about.
DroneDeploy and other aerial Drone ortho-photogrammetry
applications, are some of the most compelling tools for landscape
architects to come out in the last decade and they have the power
to radically improve our workflow and indeed the business of
landscape architecture.
Rob LeBlanc, APALA, FCSLA, is the president of Fathom Studio in Halifax.
Nick LeBlanc is president at Luminous Labs, a 3D visualization studio in Halifax.
www.luminouslabs.ca
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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
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THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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