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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 …