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ForestTECH 2017 Event Summary

Since 2007, ForestTECH has been the one event every year that continues to draw in foresters to one location in both countries. Key researchers, technology providers and forest owners are also now picking up the opportunity of building in their own client meetings, workshops and discussion groups around both the New Zealand and Australian events to capitalize on this “once ...

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6 December 2017

ForestTECH 2017 Event Summary

Since 2007, ForestTECH has been the one event every year that continues to draw in foresters to one location in both countries. Key researchers, technology providers and forest owners are also now picking up the opportunity of ...

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29 November 2017

LINZ wins environmental spatial award

LINZ’s efforts to help fight Wilding Conifers – a rapidly spreading invasive pest tree in New Zealand – were recognised at this year’s Spatial Excellence Awards. “LINZ’s web-based mapping and monitoring tool for aut...

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13 October 2017

Testing nursery research in the forest

Several nursery trials carried out as part of GCFF projects in New Zealand have shown that reductions in fungicide and fertiliser use can produce seedlings of the same or better quality when leaving the nursery gate, but how mu...

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12 October 2017

CSIRO invests in sophisticated satellites

CSIRO has secured access to one of the world’s most sophisticated high-performance satellites, giving Australian scientists direct control over which data the satellite collects over our region and placing the national scienc...

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19 September 2017

Expressions of interest – Woodflow 2018

Early expressions of interest are being sought from presenters for next year’s Woodflow 2018 technology series. It’s being run in June next year in both New Zealand and Australia by the Forest Industry Engineering Associati...

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14 September 2017

Mobility eats everything

In just 10 years the ‘smartphone’ has become an essential part of our working and personal lives. We hear and see a lot of hype about the ‘next big thing’ in mobile devices, however, in reality, all we seem to get are i...

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3 September 2017

Unlocking the true value of forestry data

It’s the one forestry technology event every year that brings in forest resource managers, inventory foresters, GIS specialists and researchers from throughout Australasia. Last year, over 250 delegates attended the end-of-ye...

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3 September 2017

NZ drone makers finding niche markets

New Zealand’s commercial drone manufacturers are successfully finding niche markets as the potential for the unmanned flying machines takes off. While unable to compete on price with large Chinese drone makers, several Kiwi c...

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3 September 2017

NZ$800,000 for 3-D mapping of Northland

New Zealand Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced government funding of up to NZ$800,000 for 3-D aerial mapping of Northland to provide the region with highly accu...

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3 September 2017

Android™ AOSP: What You Need to Know

Android™ has emerged with growing popularity in the handheld arena, from smartphones to tablets to other devices, it’s here to stay. Since its notable growth, Google has been working toward making various forms of Android a...

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3 September 2017

AI-powered drone soars like a bird

Microsoft is working on giving a sailplane flying instincts like a bird. The artificial-intelligence controlled flying machine can detect and hitch a ride on thermals, enabling it to circle and gain altitude without having to e...

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15 August 2017

AI to better predict forest fires

The same sort of artificial intelligence (AI) that allows cars to drive themselves could be used to better prepare for devastating forest fires, says an Alberta fire scientist. Researchers at the University of Alberta and the U...

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15 August 2017

Tracking wildfires with drones

Boeing-owned Insitu has announced that it will provide drones to FireWhat, a California-based company that monitors wildfires and natural resources. As spotted by GeekWire, the Insitu drones will be used to keep track of fires ...

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19 July 2017

New advanced LiDAR on a fixed wing UAV

Carbomap, an environmental survey company, in collaboration with high-performance LiDAR manufacturer RIEGL, UAVE and The University of Edinburgh, has announced the first successful demonstration flight of a RIEGL VUX-1LR survey...

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19 July 2017

Fighting forest fires with technology

As wildfires recently have burned across the interior of British Columbia, thousands of residents were forced out of their homes — many not knowing whether those homes would withstand the flames. It’s a scenario seen increa...

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3 July 2017

A new foliage penetrating LiDAR system

Shortly after lasers were first developed in the 1960s, LiDAR—whose name originated as a combination of “light” and “radar”—capitalized on the newly unique precision they offered for measuring both time and distance...

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26 June 2017

New Go-To Resource for the UAV industry

There are many rapidly moving parts in the emergence of the new commercial UAV (UAS, drone…) industry. A new book (April 2017), Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Guide: Exploring Designs, Operations, Regulations, and Economics ...

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26 June 2017

Drones that can stay aloft for five days

In the event of a natural disaster that disrupts phone and Internet systems over a wide area, autonomous aircraft could potentially hover over affected regions, carrying communications payloads that provide temporary telecommun...

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30 May 2017

Airbus now moving into commercial drones

Airbus has announced the launch of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, that will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage technology that Airbus has developed over the years and u...

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27 April 2017

Update on a log counting app

The recognition of objects within images is a technology within the field of computer vision. A practical application within the forest industry is counting logs. Once I heard about an app that would do this it seemed like an o...

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24 April 2017

3D HoloLens for fire-fighting?

Those attending the MobileTECH 2017 event a couple of weeks ago were introduced – and were able to put on to test out – the very latest HoloLens, Microsoft’s augmented reality (AR) viewer. The opportunities for our own la...

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3 March 2017

3D printing UAVs

The Military is no stranger to 3D printing, and so far we’ve seen this demonstrated in concepts for body armor and using the technology to fabricate replacement parts. Now, with the advent of some impressive and innovative un...

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2 March 2017

[Paper] UAVs for Forest Firefighting

Robin Hartley, the UAV Team Leader for Interpine, spoke at ForestTECH 2016 on using UAVs for forest fire-fighting. In a collaboration between Interpine and Massey University School of Aviation in New Zealand, rural fire zone ma...

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1 March 2017

EHang 184 transport drone works

While drones are already becoming an important tool for forest management, we are only just scratching the surface of what they will be able to do. At a major electronics show in the US, Chinese company EHang showed off a work...

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8 February 2017

Drone Data vs LIDAR: Misconceptions

We frequently receive inquiries to provide “LIDAR data”, however there are a couple of things to clarify regarding these requests: - Most often what people want is a 3D point cloud or Digital Elevation Model (DEM), not spe...

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26 January 2017

[Paper] Point Cloud Data Systems

Jon Osborn, from the University of Tasmania, spoke at ForestTECH 2016 on alternative platforms and sensors for point cloud data. Two key questions: Is dense point cloud photogrammetry emerging as a practical source of useful da...

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26 January 2017

The digital technology evolution

There has never been a bigger force for change than technology. It changes everything. This video by Jose Esteves is a huge eye-opener in just how fast the world is changing. Some very interesting facts about the digital world,...

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26 January 2017

UAV rules + sausage delivery

Did you receive an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for Christmas? What was once an expensive hobby or commercial tool, UAVs are now an affordable and popular gift for the general public. While commercial UAV operators should know...

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26 January 2017

UAVs vs eagles

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have become unlikely prey for wedge-tailed eagles in Western Australia's Goldfields, costing a mining giant more than $100,000 to replace its newest surveying tool.

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26 January 2017

Types of drones (UAVs)

Although multi-rotors get most of the attention in the drone world, they are not the only option. If you’re serious about aerial mapping then you need to consider a fixed-wing aircraft. Single-rotor helis are also a great sol...

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23 January 2017

[Paper] FCNSW UAV case study

Mike Sutton, the Forest Information and Planning Manager at Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW), spoke at ForestTECH 2016 on integrating UAVs into their forest management operations. They identified the potential for UAV use in...

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23 January 2017

Issues for the drone industry

While drones (UAVs) are increasingly being used within the forestry industry, the drone manufacturers themselves are struggling to survive in the wider market. France’s Parrot SA, the second largest maker of consumer drones, is...

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26 November 2016

ForestTECH 2016: Event Summary

ForestTECH, an FIEA event run annually since 2007, has become New Zealand and Australia’s premier technology series for forest resource managers, planners and inventory foresters. As a cornerstone event for the industry, Forest...

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30 June 2016

Google Earth’s new mapping system

New images released recently by Google Earth from the Landsat 8 satellite are giving viewers a crisp, stellar glimpse of our planet. In a blog post, Google Earth Engine program manager Chris Herwig explained exactly how the upd...

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28 November 2015

2015 Event Summary

The ForestTECH 2015 technology series ran in New Zealand and Australia in November 2015. Again the turnout to this latest FIEA technology series has been excellent with over 250 technical and resource foresters attending. In ad...

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