I’m an aerial arborist (I climb trees to prune and remove them) in the Midwest portion of the United States. I got my start in drones by modifying a racing drone and then building a cinewhoop to set throwlines (basically a string with a weight on the end for pulling a climb line back around a solid branch).
I got into ODM by realizing that I might be able to use a drone to create a map of worksites and even individual trees. I currently use an ANAFI for photo capturing, webODM (in conjunction with the Lightning node) for processing, and Blender for post-processing of 3d models.
I’ve only been using the software for a couple weeks, but I’ve been able to have a degree of success getting basic canopy heights and dimensions, as well as canopy position relative to landscape and structures; I’ve also been able to get a decent model of a major defect in a dead tree.
I’m hoping, eventually, to be able to accurately model leafed-out trees. I’ve gotten to the point where I can see where the major leads/branches are in generated point clouds but am still working on getting this information to accurately render in the 3d model.