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ForestTECH News Issue 39

ForestTECH News Issue 39

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. A lot can change in a month. At the time of our last issue, New Zealand celebrated being 100 days COVID-19 free and, on the other side of the Tasman, Melbourne reported their highest ever daily total in their second wave. While New Zealand seems to have contained the worst of their second ...
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UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has ...
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Mechanised tree planting technologies profiled

Mechanised tree planting technologies profiled

For the first time since the annual ForestTECH series started back in 2007, this year’s event will involve two separate themes over the two days. ForestTECH 2020 runs in Rotorua ...
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Funding for VR Forestry planning tool

Funding for VR Forestry planning tool

UBC Faculty of Forestry, in partnership with FPInnovations and spatial analytics platform provider LlamaZOO, has been awarded $300,000 in funding to further develop and commercialize TimberOps, an immersive visual analytics ...
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Linda Sewell steps down from OFO

Linda Sewell steps down from OFO

OneFortyOne Plantations announced this week that Linda Sewell has announced her resignation as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective 28 August, 2020. In a statement released from the Board ...
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Argentina to launch new forest monitoring satellite

Argentina to launch new forest monitoring satellite

Argentina had planned to put into orbit a satellite with new precision technology, to monitor felling of its native forests round the clock and accurately measure forest carbon stocks in ...
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Monitoring National forest change in cloudy environments

Monitoring National forest change in cloudy environments

One of the primary uses of satellite imagery for many applications is to monitor change across landscapes. Randomly scattered cloud across images is one an obvious nuisance that frustrates this ...
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Dawn Aerospace unveils their new spaceplane

Dawn Aerospace unveils their new spaceplane

A New Zealand-based aerospace company is on the path to revolutionising space transportation. Dawn Aerospace, headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand, has unveiled its suborbital spaceplane, the “Mk-II Aurora”, ahead of ...
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Three additional workshops for ForestTECH 2020

Three additional workshops for ForestTECH 2020

As previously reported, ForestTECH 2020 is being run this year. At this stage, because of COVID-19 restrictions limiting travel, it’s being run as a physical conference along with exhibitions in ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 38

ForestTECH News Issue 38

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. For the ForestTECH community, the great news is that ForestTECH 2020 is still on. Despite closed borders, social distancing requirements and uncertainties around ...
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ForestTECH 2020 – it’s ON!

ForestTECH 2020 – it’s ON!

Every year, since 2007, forestry resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters, researchers and key technology suppliers from across Australasia attend the forestry technology series, ForestTECH. It’s ...
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An aerial view: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems for Forestry Operations

An aerial view: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems for Forestry Operations

“A pixel is worth 1024 bits”! Captured from the right perspective, every forest manager now sees aerial images as essential in their toolkit! Converting the data bits from a drone ...
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Anafi USA drone flies 32x zoom 4K video

Anafi USA drone flies 32x zoom 4K video

Parrot has launched ANAFI USA, a new drone designed for first responders and enterprise professionals. Parrot’s next-generation drone offers 32x zoom, thermal imaging, a ruggedized airframe, and advanced data security ANAFI ...
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Russia launches major drone testing project

Russia launches major drone testing project

In an effort to jump-start a drone economy, Russia is investing millions to boost UAS infrastructure. International Aero Navigation Systems received $7.15 million from Russia’s National Technological Initiative Fund to ...
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Drones monitoring experimental burns

Drones monitoring experimental burns

A couple of weeks ago we included a story on six experimental burns of gorse scrub in the Rakaia Gorge, New Zealand carried out by Scion’s rural fire research team ...
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Planet partnership to provide daily satellite imagery

Planet partnership to provide daily satellite imagery

Having introduced the use of the Planet Satellite Imagery to the forestry sector in 2017, Interpine has announced that they have extended their capability by partnering with Planet to offer ...
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AUAV and Uaviation announce merger

AUAV and Uaviation announce merger

AUAV has announced the merger with another leading Australian drone services business, Uaviation. Uaviation have been operating in Victoria since 2013 and have a strong client base that aligns well ...
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New LiDAR technology set to change forest inventory

New LiDAR technology set to change forest inventory

Interpine has recently purchased the Emesent Hovermap LiDAR simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) solution to better serve the company’s clients. “We’ve been using Hovermap technology in a series of forestry ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 37

ForestTECH News Issue 37

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. A lot can change in a month. While the reopening of New Zealand and most of Australia has been successful, COVID-19 is still a ...
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Improving descriptions of plantations and small woodlots

Improving descriptions of plantations and small woodlots

Indufor, Scion and the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury in New Zealand are currently developing new methods to improve regional descriptions of plantations and small woodlots. These methods will ...
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Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

A drone "mosaic" of harvested forestry blocks is letting Marlburians see the wood for the trees, and could cut down environmental issues. In New Zealand, Marlborough company GeoInsight Limited is ...
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Can AR/VR pull in future talent?

Can AR/VR pull in future talent?

The better question is: Are you using these technologies to give employees the careers they want? Sometimes we don’t ask the right questions. Will innovative technology catch the attention of ...
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