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Remote assessment of individual trees with VR

In ForestTECH, Issue09 by FIEA

As discussed and demonstrated at the recent ForestTECH 2017 series (photo), Virtual Reality (VR) technology may offer unique opportunities to fundamentally change forest practices for which human assessment skills are required. VR can situate users inside 3D spatial digital data acquired using terrestrial or airborne platforms with photogrammetric or LiDAR technologies. It can provide users with tools to interact with …

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ForestTECH 2017 Event Summary

In Event, ForestTECH, FT17, Issue09 by FIEA

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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NGIS introduces new Forestry Monitoring Service

In ForestTECH, Issue09 by FIEA

Aerial and Satellite imagery has been used in the Forestry sector for decades, providing intelligence enabling monitoring, operational awareness and auditing capability amongst a range of use cases. Recent advances in the availability and use of UAV’s to capture aerial imagery has made an impact on Forestry, however the challenge is having access to imagery at scale to provide a …

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LINZ wins environmental spatial award

In ForestTECH, Issue09 by FIEA

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 authorities to assess and improve efforts to control the spread of this significant pest, picked up the top prize in the Environment and Sustainability Category,” says Deputy …

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Forestry investing in drone technology & skills development

In ForestTECH, Issue09 by FIEA

At the just completed ForestTECH 2017 series, we heard from major forestry companies in both New Zealand and Australia that are investing heavily in drones, training in-company pilots and using the technology operationally across their estates. Timberlands who manage >200,000ha plantation forests in the CNI of New Zealand including the Kaingaroa estate already have six qualified pilots (harvest manager, establishment …

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International forest technology experts coming to Vancouver

In ForestTECH, Issue09 by FIEA

With the very successful ForestTECH 2017 series finishing this week in Melbourne, attention now swings to North America. A new international forest management technology conference is set to bring all of the latest inventory and harvest planning technologies from around the world to Canada’s premier forestry city, Vancouver, in March 2018. “We’re bringing together the world’s leading technology experts in …

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Teen scientist wins with innovative drone design

In ForestTECH, Issue09 by FIEA

A teenage scientist from Germany has been given a top award thanks to an innovative drone design that uses a different wing lift pattern to traditional planes. It’s based on an historic German design that was never built, and crucially uses a single lightweight wooden wing. The result is improved aerodynamics, contributing to better stability in flight. Eighteen year-old Ivo …

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Industry adopts drones for forestry supervision

In ForestTECH, Issue09 by FIEA

Enabling foresters to see the forest from above; drone technology has been developing exponentially over the last couple of years and Interpine Innovation presented at ForestTech 2016 on courses available for foresters to start using the technology to their benefit. Over 25 foresters from harvesting supervisors, environmental managers, forest engineers and a few harvesting contractors have completed training this year …

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Growth potential of NZ’s virtual reality sector highlighted

In ForestTECH, FT17, Issue09 by FIEA

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has welcomed the release of a report that forecasts New Zealand’s cross reality sector will reach over NZ$320 million in annual revenue and employ double the number of people within two years. Cross reality (XR) is a term used to describe the continuum of immersive technologies that blur the line between the physical …

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Continuous monitoring of your forest resource

In ForestTECH, Issue09 by FIEA

To effectively manage resources decision makers, require timely information at an appropriate scale. In the recent years there has been a marked increase and uptake of remote sensing technologies – drones, LiDAR and satellite imagery. In a sense they all have a place provided they are cost-effective, provide consistent results, and add value. Not to go unnoticed is the increased …