Reconstructing cliffs in OpenDroneMap, or how to beat LiDAR at its own game (part 2)

In the beginning In a previous blog post, we explored how we can quite effectively derive terrain models using drones over deciduous, winter scenes. We ran into some limitations in the quality of the terrain model: the challenge was removing the unwanted features (things like tree trunks) while retaining wanted features (large rock features). I concluded the post thusly: For our use case, however, we … Continue reading Reconstructing cliffs in OpenDroneMap, or how to beat LiDAR at its own game (part 2)

Mapping the ephemeral

One of my favorite aspects of drone mapping is, since it is 1) under our personal control 2) high resolution and 3) can collect data even when it’s cloudy, it’s possible to observe and document ephemeral phenomena that otherwise might not be captured by satellite or manned aircraft imagery. To that end we mapped lake ice yesterday. We have been flying a series of videos … Continue reading Mapping the ephemeral

Reconstructing cliffs in OpenDroneMap, or how to beat LiDAR at its own game

LiDAR and photogrammetric point clouds If we want to understand terrain, we have a pricey solution and an inexpensive solution. For a pricey and well-loved solution, LiDAR is the tool of choice. It is synoptic, active (and therefore usable day or night), increasingly affordable (but still quite expensive), and works around even thick and tall evergreen vegetation (check out Oregon’s LiDAR specifications as compared with … Continue reading Reconstructing cliffs in OpenDroneMap, or how to beat LiDAR at its own game

Reconstructing stream corridors in OpenDroneMap

In October of 2017, a few collegues and I walked down West Creek, in Parma, Ohio to do some prospective mapping of the stream corridor. The hope was this: that by taking a sequence of photos from within the stream, we could use photogrammetry to reconstruct the corridor and ultimately model water flow through the same corridor. Knowing the the reconstruction of this complex physical … Continue reading Reconstructing stream corridors in OpenDroneMap