Using a Drone in Landscape Design

I had a design to do for a client that involved a steep slope with a lot of large stone outcroppings. A survey for the slope didn’t exist and I was hoping to create an accurate base plan I could have confidence in, so that plant quantities would be accurate and the estimate for landscape installation would also be accurate. The only way to accomplish this was with the use of a drone. I first deployed the drone to take a picture directly over head of the future landscape. The picture was brought into our design program, Dynascape. At this point, we don’t know the scale of the picture so the deck length was used to scale the picture to a drawing scale. Once the picture is to scale, it’s as simple as tracing the elements that are needed in the base plan. Without a drone, I’m not sure how one would ever get an accurate drawing of the space. Below are three pictures of the process from toriginal photo to finish plan.

The original image traced in Dynascape to create an accurate base plan.

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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.


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