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A look at the Nelson Fires 2019

In ForestTECH, Issue23 by FIEALeave a Comment

This web map compares Pre and Post fire, 3m resolution satellite imagery, of the of the Pigeon Valley Fire 2019, Nelson area. The imagery uses the near-infrared band. Using this display helps the burnt areas stand out to the naked eye. The deep red colour represents healthy forest vegetation. Dark grey/blackish areas are those burned by the fire. Pale pink …

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Using drones and AI for koala management

In ForestTECH, Issue23 by FIEALeave a Comment

In a paper first published in Nature.com, the authors discuss an interesting applied technology use case, using both drone data collection and AI to allow for the more frequent and accurate detection of specific individual animals or species of animals. The use case is for koalas, which in addition to being cute and cuddly are shy creatures. Koalas reside in …

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Making augmented reality your business reality

In ForestTECH, Issue23 by FIEALeave a Comment

Showcased at a press conference in Barcelona, Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset promises more features, better virtual and augmented displays, and a more comfortable experience when wearing the headset. Yes, the HoloLens headset might look as if it has been built for playing video games – not a surprise, given the mixed reality project has its origins in Microsoft …

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Esri launches log inventory system

In Issue23 by FIEA1 Comment

Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, has just announced a partnership with 3LOG Systems, the makers of the preeminent log inventory management solution in the world forestry marketplace. Together, Esri and 3LOG will offer the long-awaited capability of incorporating log inventory management with spatial analytics technology for a complete log chain-of-custody solution. The ability to track and visualize forestry …

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How Drones Are Being Used in Australia to Make Farming More Efficient

In ForestTECH, Issue23 by FIEALeave a Comment

Guest post by Mark Sheehan, My Drone Authority With the global increase in demand for clean food and other agricultural products, Australian farmers and ranchers are finding that drones are returning critically-needed information on the health of their enterprises. Drones are quickly proving their worth in an otherwise time- and labor-intensive industry. Here is how drones are being used in …

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Trimble Unveils Next-gen Mixed-reality Device with Microsoft HoloLens 2

In ForestTECH, Issue23, Video by FIEALeave a Comment

Trimble has announced a new wearable hard hat compatible device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite—the Trimble® XR10 with HoloLens 2. In addition, an expanded set of Trimble software and services will be available to provide field-oriented workflows that leverage constructible 3D models and mixed reality to solve daily work tasks. The announcement …

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DATA61 expands robotics infrastructure

In ForestTECH, Issue23 by FIEALeave a Comment

CSIRO’s Data61 has announced the opening of its new Robotics Innovation Centre in Queensland, a purpose-built research facility for robotics and autonomous systems, an industry set to be worth AU$23 billion by 2025. Data61 is one of the global leaders in the field, with capabilities ranging from legged robots and 3D mapping through to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned …