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AU start-up hitches a ride with Rocket Lab

In ForestTECH, Issue20 by FIEALeave a Comment

Forget the across-the-ditch rivalry: New Zealanders, Australians and Americans are working together to launch a fleet of satellites to power the world’s global IoT communications from space. Rocket Lab and Australian IoT startup Fleet Space Technologies have signed a contract to launch two Proxima satellites this month. The satellites are the first of a series of small, low-cost satellites that …

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Tips for UAV takeoffs and landings

In ForestTECH, Issue20 by FIEALeave a Comment

What’s the single most important factor to help facilitate a successful fixed-wing UAV flight? It’s a question we get a lot from UAV (drone) operators across the world. And while it would be great to point to just one thing you could do to ensure every flight is a success, the reality is that there are many factors that contribute …

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GEDI to yield 3D forest carbon map

In ForestTECH, Issue20 by FIEALeave a Comment

A new NASA laser instrument set to launch to the International Space Station in December will help scientists create the first three-dimensional map of the world’s temperate and tropical forests. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, is scheduled to launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. From the station, GEDI’s advanced laser technology will reveal the three-dimensional structure of forest …

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ForestTECH News Issue 19 Summary

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Welcome to this month’s issue of foresttech.news The annual ForestTECH 2018 series is now in full swing. Last week in Rotorua we had a large contingent of resource managers and inventory foresters from throughout New Zealand involved in the two-day conference and four pre-conference workshops that ran for delegates. This week, we have an excellent turnout of Australian and SE …

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NZ$19M for National LiDAR initiative

In ForestTECH, Issue19 by FIEALeave a Comment

Councils in New Zealand that can’t afford three-dimensional mapping of their territories stand to gain from a NZ$19 million grant from the Provincial Growth Fund. Land Information and Economic Development ministers Eugenie Sage and Shane Jones announced the decision to increase funding for so-called LiDAR, or 3D, mapping because of the need for a national database to assist with land …

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Delair announces a new drone platform

In ForestTECH, Issue19 by FIEALeave a Comment

Delair has announced a new drone platform specifically optimized for the agriculture and forest industry, the Delair UX11 Ag. Built on the foundation of the successful Delair UX11 fixed-wing UAV, the new version combines the productivity benefits of long-range/BVLOS flight operations with highly accurate survey-grade mapping and plant data collection capabilities – all in an easy-to-use platform – to enable …

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Mapping trees with 3D mobile mapping technology

In ForestTECH, Issue19 by FIEALeave a Comment

Placed first in Australia and 20th in the world in the 2016 QS University Rankings, Australian National University (ANU) is a research institution with its main campus in Canberra, the country’s capital. Research currently underway in a joint effort between ANU and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is tracking tree growth and development over time using GeoSLAM’s …

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Airbus partners with NZ research institute

In ForestTECH, Issue19 by FIEALeave a Comment

The Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) and Airbus Defence and Space have announced a partnership agreement, which will give New Zealand businesses, industry, government and the research community access to an even wider selection of high resolution, weather independent, near real-time satellite imagery. “In the past, New Zealand has lagged behind other nations in our application of Earth observation …

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New Forest Inventory Reporting System being launched

In ForestTECH, Issue19 by FIEALeave a Comment

After a successful release in Australia, Universal Forest Systems has announced that they will be launching the Forest Inventory Reporting System (FIRS) in New Zealand at the Foresttech conference in November. “FIRS is an innovative end-to-end solution for designing forest inventories, capturing data, analysing the captured data and reporting the results” says Ashley Goldstraw, Forestry Apps Developer for Universal Forest …

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Unlocking the underground with airborne and legged robots

In ForestTECH, Issue19 by FIEALeave a Comment

CSIRO’s Data61, the technology arm of Australia’s national science agency, is competing in the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Subterranean (or “SubT”) Challenge , which aims to explore new approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments. Data61’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group, one of the leading robotics and autonomous systems research groups in the world, is …

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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

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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 …