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Super clusters to aid in forestry innovation

In ForestTECH, Issue12 by FIEA

Information sharing between competing businesses and research facilities in B.C.’s forestry sector, could help grow the industry, rather than create more competition, according to tech experts. Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster Consortium was at the Council of Forest Industries Convention in Prince George on Thursday to talk about how superclusters can help forestry and other resource industries. Superclusters are innovation hotbeds, …

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Forest remote sensing data acquisition trial

In ForestTECH, Issue12 by FIEA

We reported on a trial in a recent issue of Friday Offcuts where researchers from NSW DPI, University of Tasmania, Interpine, SCION and the University of Sydney have been working collaboratively on an FWPA funded remote sensing project. The joint trial is designed to assess and compare data captured from a range of sensors and aerial and ground-based platforms in …

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Phenotyping for precision forestry

In ForestTECH, Issue12 by FIEA

The Phenotyping Platform under development at Scion aims to link information from a number of sources to derive knowledge about the drivers of tree growth, and provide the tools to optimise forest management in support of precision forestry. Phenotyping relies extensively on the application of remote sensing and image analysis to characterise forest stands and trees. Remotely sensed data are …

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5 mobile technology trends in the forestry industry

In ForestTECH, Issue12 by FIEA

The Paperless Forest The forestry industry has been the top user of mobile technology in Finland for many years. That is a big deal when you consider that Finland is a global leader in mobile technology (thanks to Nokia and others), and a global leader in forestry (Stora Enso and others). So, what can we learn and adapt from Finland …

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Log trucks to collect road data

In ForestTECH, Issue12 by FIEA

The digitalisation of the road network is often thought of as something related to main roads alone. The forest sector, however, is also interested in the road network outside main roads, and its condition will be monitored in many ways in the future. Road data can already be easily collected by means of the mobile phone. With the appropriate application …

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Industrial drones for remote operation in construction

In ForestTECH, Issue12 by FIEA

There is absolutely no doubt that drones offer a high ROI for the construction industry. But the notoriously traditionalist sector has been slower than others to adopt drones on worksites. Now global drone leader DJI and commercial drone data company Skycatch have scored a deal to deliver 1,000 high-precision drones to construction giant Komatsu. It’s a big step forward for …

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The changing marketplace of geomatics

In ForestTECH, Issue12 by FIEA

The changing landscape of the mapping and surveying profession brings new challenges, even for a renowned manufacturer of geospatial instruments like Trimble. In view of the growing role of BIM, the rising demand for complete workflow solutions and the challenge of extracting meaningful information out of the immense volumes of point clouds derived from Lidar data acquisition, it is clear …

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Looking at the future of GIS

In ForestTECH, Issue12 by FIEA

To gain real insight into today’s geospatial business landscape, ‘GIM International’ decided to ask some of the sector’s most influential companies for their opinions. This series of Q&As captures the current state of the industry from various perspectives, such as which technological and societal developments will have the most impact on the geomatics market, which market segments are the most …

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Optimising radiata pine stand density

In ForestTECH, Issue12 by FIEA

Optimising radiata pine stand density could increase the net value of New Zealand’s plantation estate by NZ$1.7 billion. The Scion research team including Dr Mike Watt, Mark Kimberley, Jonathan Dash, Duncan Harrison, Dr Juan Monge and Les Dowling, used the productivity indices Site Index (SI) and 300 Index (I300) to develop a model that predicts the optimum final crop stand …