In late 2020 Arboraeration undertook a Tree Root Radar Survey utilizing our Tree Radar Unit™ to establish the extent of the rooting area for a mature Blue Atlas Cedar located within the grounds of a private estate in West Sussex. The aim of the survey was to establish whether the root of the tree spread past the area of walkway and into the adjacent lawn area. A secondary aim of the survey was to detect the area that should be de-compacted, the depth of the root system and where the mulching should be concentrated.
Once on site the scan lines were plotted and laid out in order to maximise the amount of information we could gather and to taking into account the layout of the site and differing surfacing types. We decided to undertake 5 perimeter scans, completing full circles around the tree and 6 line scans as per the plan below.
Once the Scanning was finished, we returned to the office to complete the data processing and analysis of the survey. Upon completion of this we were able to produce a number of graphics to detail the survey results.
The Second Map that is produced is a Top Down Root Detections map, this details individual root points as well as colour coding the depths that they are found at, this is especially useful if you are looking at projects that involve minor changes of soil levels or shallow excavations.
The Final maps we produced for this client are root morphology map, for the purposes of this the Tree Radar Software uses complex algorithms to plot the likely form of the roots based on the root detections and tree root morphology. The first map is a 3D root morphology map that can be loaded into 3D design software such as Autocad 3d or sketch up. The second map shows a 2D birds eye view of both the perimeter and line scans.