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Precision forestry: a revolution in the woods

In ForestTECH, Issue19 by FIEALeave a Comment

This report by Harsh Choudhry and Glen O’Kelly for McKinsey & Company looks at which advanced technologies for forest management are most promising, and how forestry companies can start their digital transformation. The authors argue that while digital technology is revolutionising industries around the globe – from manufacturing to healthcare to agriculture – forestry has lagged behind. However, this is …

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ForestTECH News Issue 18 Summary

In ForestTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

Welcome to this month’s issue of ForestTECH News. One month to go before this year’s annual ForestTECH event runs. We start in Rotorua, New Zealand on 14-15 November and then run the second leg of the tech series in Melbourne, Australia on 20-21 November. As anticipated, registrations are really flowing in. Pre-conference workshops are getting close to full with two …

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Forestry Applications for RIEGL’s Waveform-LIDAR technology

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

Based on innovative Waveform-LiDAR technology, RIEGL laser scanners and systems provide an outstanding high-density point cloud ideally suited for applications in forestry and precision agriculture. Advanced processing algorithms account for a full exploitation of the information included in scan data. The high-performance multi-target capability enables an excellent vegetation penetration resulting in a high number of ground returns that can be …

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Near real time forestry monitoring innovation

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

We recently covered two stories on remote sensing for forestry applications. Below is information linked to a new service being supplied by a South African company, Swift Geospatial who will be presenting at the Australian leg of the upcoming ForestTECH 2018 series on 20-21 November. The company is providing their clients with geospatial solutions derived from Satellite and Unmanned Aerial …

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Continuous forest monitoring using daily satellite imagery

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

In the recent years there has been a marked uptake of remote sensing technologies. Drones and LiDAR have acquired a high profile. These indisputably have a place provided they are cost-effective, deliver consistent results, and add value. Not to go unnoticed, though is the increased availability of satellite imagery and technological advances that allow repeat assessment of forests at low …

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Tree species mapping from space

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

Whether you’re the owner of a small private woodland or a forestry company responsible for millions of acres, Rezatec have created a free, useful guide on identifying and mapping tree species distribution. Understanding what tree species you have and where they are is critical for effective forest management and commercial decision-making. The ‘Earth Observation for Tree Species Mapping’ guide, available …

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Automatic object detection in point clouds

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

Classification Approaches and Method Comparison Point clouds are used as a data source for mapping tasks in various application fields. Before an object can be mapped, it needs to be detected in the point cloud, preferably by automatic means. The development of detection methods is a complex task due to the significant diversity of objects, the random structure of point …

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Using satellite photogrammetry for forest inventory

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

Forest management has undergone a transformation in recent decades. Management regimes have shifted from treatments that were applied to entire forests, to precise programmes, that can be tailored to single tree and are based on detailed data attained by remote sensing. Of the remote sensing technologies available to forest managers, satellite-based photogrammetry (the use of multiple images to extract measurements …

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Future directions for Forestry Corporation NSW MapApp

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

Forestry Corporation NSW (FCNSW) is exploring the possibility of commercialising its highly successful iOS-based MapApp mapping application. The MapApp: Collects, displays and shares spatial information for field-based activities including ecology surveys; forest, land and fire planning and management; audit and compliance; roading; and many more Is readily customisable with multiple modules Works offline and seamlessly integrates with corporate ESRI GIS …

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Drone thermal imaging being used before harvesting

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

The Latrobe Valley-based Hazelwood Forestry company in Victoria, Australia is using unmanned aerial vehicles to keep an eye on the local koala population. According to the Latrobe Valley Express, the implementation of camera drones is helping Eloise and Russel Cluning spot the animals amidst the thick foliage before felling any trees. This process saves time and manual labor while efficiently …

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Drone tree seedling deliveries a reality

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

While pizza deliveries seem to have caught the press and news articles eye, this innovation in the use of drones can equally show the true potential of these tools being used in the forestry sector. Traditionally planters need to restock their seedling supplies manually by returning back to the stock pile reducing productivity through downtime associated with ferrying new trees …

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Monitoring forest health from afar

In ForestTECH, Issue18 by FIEALeave a Comment

UAV multispectral imagery and satellite data can be used to monitor physiological stress in trees. Researchers from Crown research institute Scion treated selected Pinus radiata with herbicide to stress the trees. The colour of the pine needles changed as the herbicide took effect. The changes were monitored over time using a UAV-mounted multispectral camera, and using data collected from the …

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ForestTECH News Issue 17 Summary

In ForestTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

Welcome to this month’s issue of ForestTECH News. Registrations to our annual November tech update, ForestTECH 2018 are now flowing in and places to the workshops, already filling up. Event brochures with details on the programme and registration information for both Australia and New Zealand were posted out this week (yes, we still use hard copies as well as digital). …

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Mixed reality now a forestry reality

In ForestTECH, Issue17 by FIEALeave a Comment

Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are no longer just for gamers and tech demos. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has called augmented and virtual reality the next major computing platform and is predicting that these technologies have the potential to replace smartphones and personal computers within 10 years. Even now, they’re becoming an important tool for big business. Most sectors see …

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Extreme fire risk in NZ may double

In ForestTECH, Issue17 by FIEALeave a Comment

A warming New Zealand could help its plantation forests grow – but not without extreme fire risk almost doubling by the end of the century. Scion researchers have modelled what climate change will mean for the country’s plantation forests, taking into account everything from growth gains to risk from pests, disease and wind. The modelling suggested changing climatic conditions – …

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UAVs and big data are changing fibre supply

In ForestTECH, Issue17 by FIEALeave a Comment

With forest company’s industry wide faced with fibre accessibility challenges, the name of the game today is supply chain optimization. A technology company based in Vancouver believes the solution is in forestry-specific data collection and analytics. Big data — a buzzword for the storage and analysis of large, complex data sets from multiple sources — has taken most industries by …

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Smart digital strategies for forest management

In ForestTECH, Issue17 by FIEALeave a Comment

Field Surveys are an important part of sustainable forest management. Most of the forest departments across Canada have been using traditional paper-based surveys. However, Manitoba Forestry and Peatlands Branch digitalized their survey workflow using mobile geospatial technology. Tony Viveiros and Marianne Porteous at Manitoba Sustainable Development elaborate more on their use of geographic information system (GIS) technology to increase efficiency …

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A new type of 3D: The Looking Glass

In ForestTECH, Issue17 by FIEALeave a Comment

For the past four years, holographers, engineers, Unity developers and 3D graphic artists have been putting their minds together to create the seemingly magic Looking Glass—a holographic display that uses both lightfield and volumetric technologies. Further details can be found on their website and Kickstarter campaign. Check out the technology in the Youtube clip below.     Image Credit: Through the …

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Record maiden flight of solar-powered drone

In ForestTECH, Issue17 by FIEALeave a Comment

Last November as part of this region’s ForestTECH series that ran, local forest resource managers heard from Airbus Defence & Space on progress being made on a raft of projects including work on combining drone and satellite technologies and their solar-powered Zephyr, an aerial platform that operates in the space between conventional satellites and manned aircraft. The company has just …

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Swift Engineering UAS completes forestry mission

In ForestTECH, Issue17 by FIEALeave a Comment

Swift Engineering’s Swift020 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) recently completed flights over densely forested areas in Japan. The company worked with the Ishikawa Prefecture Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry, the local forest cooperative association and key forestry industry leaders during the mission, according to a news release. The flights were completed within the Ishikawa Prefecture, where the density of the …