Leaf Off Special!
Modeling sites with limited access, is a real challenge. And even for drones, we can only model what we can see from the air. Out in a field, or on a new earthworks project is the perfect place for drone flights, but for jobs out in the woods or under heavy leaf cover it can be a deal breaker. That's why the start of Autumn is so exciting for us, there's a sweet spot between when the leaves fall and the first snow where you can get great mapping and topo work with minimal cost and effort.
Take a look at the two images below. The first is a point-cloud we generated during the Spring. Leaves were fully grown, everything was green. The site itself was gorgeous, except you can't see anything but the upper canopy.
The second photo was taken in the dead of winter once the leaves had all fallen. A little bit of hiking in the cold and a short drone flight later we were able to generate the point cloud you see in the screenshot. You can still see the trunks of the trees, but the entire forest floor is visible, mapped and modeled.
If you were thinking about it, now is the perfect time to start scheduling your winter and fall flights.
We've put together a simple package you can try out on your site of choice and see what drone data can do for you. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about the process or a specific project. We're looking forward to hearing from you, happy fall!