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Unlocking the true value of forestry data

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

It’s the one forestry technology event every year that brings in forest resource managers, inventory foresters, GIS specialists and researchers from throughout Australasia. Last year, over 250 delegates attended the end-of-year ForestTECH series. It highlighted new data collection technologies and advances on accessing, processing and better interpreting the associated big data streams that were being collected out in the field. …

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NZ drone makers finding niche markets

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

New Zealand’s commercial drone manufacturers are successfully finding niche markets as the potential for the unmanned flying machines takes off. While unable to compete on price with large Chinese drone makers, several Kiwi companies are finding specialised uses for drones, which are already saving business time and money. Currently, 70 per cent of commercial drones are used for aerial photography, …

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NZ$800,000 for 3-D mapping of Northland

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

New Zealand Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced government funding of up to NZ$800,000 for 3-D aerial mapping of Northland to provide the region with highly accurate geographical data to make better business decisions. “This will be the most comprehensive LIDAR exercise ever undertaken in New Zealand and the high-quality mapping data produced …

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Android™ AOSP: What You Need to Know

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

Android™ has emerged with growing popularity in the handheld arena, from smartphones to tablets to other devices, it’s here to stay. Since its notable growth, Google has been working toward making various forms of Android available for enterprise devices as well as other device types such as Internet of Things. In the world of rugged handhelds, device manufactures have been …

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Cutting edge technology assists forest management

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

Greater protection for waterways and more accurate timber volume estimates are some of the benefits stemming from a six-month project to capture sophisticated LiDAR data across all state-owned plantations in Tumut and Tumbarumba. Snowy Region Planning Manager Duncan Watt said the data generated from the project would improve both environmental management and wood flow to local mills during timber harvesting …

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Choosing the right stand densities and tree genetics

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

Forest owners and managers can increase log quality, yield and total value by up to $16,000 per hectare by choosing the right tree spacing and best genetically improved tree stocks for their forest stands. A team of Scion scientists in New Zealand have carried out end-of-rotation assessments at Atiamuri near Rotorua (planted in 1990) and Glengarry near Napier (planted in …

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AI-powered drone soars like a bird

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

Microsoft is working on giving a sailplane flying instincts like a bird. The artificial-intelligence controlled flying machine can detect and hitch a ride on thermals, enabling it to circle and gain altitude without having to expend any energy. They’re testing the intelligent learning platform as much as the sailplane itself, examining its ability to learn how to avoid danger. It …

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New satellite system (SBAS) Australian and NZ GPS users

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

“Scion initial tests of new GPS augmentation system for Australia and New Zealand shows marked improvement in position accuracy”. Scion has recently completed early tests of a new satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) for GPS users in Australia and New Zealand. The test signal is part of a broader project to provide enhanced positional information across the Australasian region. Geoscience Australia …

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AI to better predict forest fires

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

The same sort of artificial intelligence (AI) that allows cars to drive themselves could be used to better prepare for devastating forest fires, says an Alberta fire scientist. Researchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Oklahoma teamed up to study how real-time meteorological data analyzed in a neural network – a machine-learning system modelled on how the …

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Tracking wildfires with drones

In ForestTECH, Issue07 by FIEA

Boeing-owned Insitu has announced that it will provide drones to FireWhat, a California-based company that monitors wildfires and natural resources. As spotted by GeekWire, the Insitu drones will be used to keep track of fires even at night or under heavy smoke conditions. Military-grade electro optical cameras and infrared cameras make the drones particularly versatile. Their video can then be …