Our graphic and technical support services include mapping, permitting, site inventory & analysis, renderings, and construction documents.
GIS: We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to inform land planning and management decisions based on land characteristics like topography, waterways, property boundaries, and ecological communities. GIS is helpful for large-scale regional projects, conservation planning for farms and communities, and site assessments for homeowners.
Topographic Survey: Mapping the land’s surface is important for understanding the elevations and slopes of a site. Accurate topography is essential for creating grading and drainage plans for buildings, driveways, stairs, patios, and water channels, for projects at any scale.
CAD Drafting: Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) is a tool for creating highly accurate plans and maps. Both GIS data and topographic surveys can be imported into CAD to create robust ‘base maps’ for land assessment and design plans. CAD is also useful for rendering hand-drawn sketches into professional drawings that can be used as construction documents.
Inventory & Analysis
Solar Assessment: We measure sun and shade levels to identify locations for passive solar structures and pv arrays, and to map microclimates for planting designs.
Soil Testing: We use soil data, soil laboratories, and on-site tests and observations to determine soil structure, fertility, chemistry, percolation rate, and more. The information derived from these tests helps us to determine suitable uses for agriculture, locations for structures, and possibilities for remediation and restoration.
Vegetation Identification and Ecological Assessment: By identifying individual species, plant communities, and vegetative patterns in the landscape, we can deduce essential characteristics and dynamics of an ecosystem, assess the impact of agricultural uses, make recommendations about the placement of structures, and design for remediation and restoration.
Permitting & Grants
USDA/NRCS and MDAR Technical Service: RDG is a certified Technical Service Provider with USDA, NRCS, and MDAR to help farmers create conservation plans and agroforestry designs (windbreaks, silvopastures, and edible forest gardens). Grants and matching funds are available for qualified farmers to hire RDG for these services.
Environmental Permitting: Many projects, especially those near wetlands and waterways, need to obtain permits. RDG can help landowners and contractors navigate the permitting process. We can provide recommendations for reducing environmental impacts in order to get local and state approval, and for restoring lands that are overseen by a local conservation committee or a state agency.
Graphic Production & Support
Graphic Design: We design documents containing text and images to convey information to an audience, laid out in a clear and accessible way. They can be as elaborate as a multi-chapter book or a simple as a poster announcing an event.
Graphics, Illustrations, Renderings, Drawings: With a wide range of graphic skills, tools, and methods in our repertoire, we produce sophisticated imagery to clearly communicate specialized, visual information. We use state-of-the-art digital software and rendering, hand-drawing, and innovative hybrid methods to achieve the desired look, feel, and effect.
CAD: We can translate your hand-drawn design sketches into precise digital drawings that are scaled, dimensioned, and annotated exactly as needed. Whether for a homeowner’s DIY project or a contractor’s bid-ready construction document, we can help you advance your project using the industry’s standard tool, computer-aided drafting (CAD).