Using A Drone In Permaculture Design

 In Design, Permaculture Projects

Until recently, going to google maps, to get a birds eye view of a location was the default option for many Permaculture Practitioners and Consultants, but the main limitation was it could not be relied upon to provide 100% up to date imagery.

And then came the boom of personal drones.

Using a drone is a great way to do mapping on a property, either contour mapping or for a water analysis map.

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It is also a valuable tool to get a perspective on the diversity that you don’t get while surveying from a ground level and is far more complete in detail than going to satellite imagery.

Rob demonstrates, briefly, how he is getting the most from his new drone.

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2 years ago

Hi, thanks for this video!
Are you generating the contours “from” the drone pictures ? or are you adding relief data to the map ?
If the drone does that, can you explain how ?

Thanks !

Michelle (Verge)
Michelle (Verge) (@mavis)
2 years ago
Reply to  LouisRomain

Hi Louis, the drone using photogrammetry to generate the contour lines. If you don’t have a drone, I’d recommend that you check out our latest online contour map generation tool:

2 years ago

Thanks Michelle,

Nice tool thank you. Although I am looking for very accurate mapping and that’s why I am trying to do it with photogrammetry.

Can you tell more about your photogrammetry process :
What kind of flight plans, flight altitudes, photogrammetry processing software are you using ?
Maybe I could give you a quick phone call and it’ll be easier, what do you think ?

Thanks for your help

4 years ago

Very interesting civilian science application. About time! the public (as effective land stewards) have access to a perspective and technology combining digital elevation model & aerial imagery that resource managers have been using for decades. One question Rob: does your “efficiency coefficient” you refer to in determining soil water holding capacity involve proper soil profile testing (as you know, type and properties are highly variable across a site). Thanks again for the thought provoking blog!

DAN TELFER (@dantelferyahoo-com)
4 years ago

Good day Rob,

Are you familiar with WAM (Wet Area Mapping) being used by Alberta Forestry in what they call the “green zone”?
Might be of interest.



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