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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 …