Our Team

Our team spent decades surveying longitudinal profiles, cross-sections, the edge of the water, breaklines and ground surface elevations. At the end of a three-day survey, with a skilled three-person crew, we would be satisfied with 2,500 survey points and would focus on the data that we were able to record. Currently, two of us can spend a day and a half surveying and obtaining multiple, overlapping, offset images to develop a mosaic of aerial photographs that produce 250,000,000 points in a 3D point cloud. With the 3D point cloud, we obsess over the data that we did not record, where a low-lying branch obscured photogrammetry’s ability to observe the ground surface below.
This is a paradigm shift: a watershed moment in watershed restoration. After 24-years of practice, technology has vastly changed the way we observe the ecosystem restoration landscape, and we are thrilled with the possibilities. Our UAV LiDAR will see past the low-lying branch and all other vegetation to scan bare earth surfaces below. The vegetation is filtered out, yet, it can be brought back into the 3D point cloud to know where existing trees are located next to the channel. With that information, our design drawings can show large wood locked between existing tree trunks to resist rotation during floods. In the past, locking large wood between existing trees was typically a fit-in-the-field decision. The power of this remote sensing technology is a powerful tool for the Yakama Nation’s Small Project Design Contract. We urge you to share the vision presented in our proposal. The days of sending 4-person crews on week-long surveys have passed. Now is our time! Now is our future!