Canada’s supercluster to help forest resource management

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Lim Geomatics is thrilled to play a part in the next chapter of Canadian innovation that will see homegrown companies play a much bigger role in the world economy for big data and digital technology.

The rubber recently hit the road for Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative—the $950-million federal government plan for jumpstarting public-private collaboration to accelerate global competitiveness—with the announcement of the first wave of funded projects. On March 5, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster, which is based in Vancouver and one of five hubs of innovation located across the country, launched seven projects that will drive digital transformation in Canada’s natural resources, healthcare, and industrial sectors.

The Forest Machine Connectivity project is a joint effort by Canfor, TimberWest, Lim Geomatics, FP Innovations, and UBC’s Faculty of Forestry to future-proof Canada’s wood products manufacturing industry. The project will use an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform, which is a network of ‘smart’ devices that can monitor, collect, exchange, analyze, and deliver valuable insights. The insights and data delivered will allow contractors, machine operators, and forest managers to identify bottlenecks and improve productivity in real time and develop best practices throughout the supply chain.

“The Forest Machine Connectivity project signals a new era of real-time operational insight for logging contractors, machine operators, and forest managers,” says Dr. Kevin Lim, president and chief technology officer for Lim Geomatics. “Over the past decade, we’ve developed an array of digital geospatial tools for the natural resources sector. We’re excited to apply this expertise alongside our Supercluster partners to accelerate the digital transformation of Canada’s forest industry.”

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