A big part of Ryan’s work is water management. Not only is drainage off of a site important, but he also needs to make sure that the plants and crops are getting their share of water!
On a recent job, he was responsible for a 15-acre property on which the design included a big garden as well as an orchard with a mix of native and non-native trees. After a site visit, he had a good idea of where plantings would need to be placed. With topography data from Equator, he was able to see exactly how the terrain sloped and what would need to be done to ensure proper water flow through the site.
A large portion of the site had a gradual slope to it, which turned out to be very useful for placing the orchard when paired with berms dug into the hillside. By digging these berms slightly off contour, they catch and slow down water as it moves downhill, allowing it to soak into the soil more effectively. Similarly, the LiDAR data was able to help him choose a relatively level area for the large garden.