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ForestTECH 2019 workshops announced

In Issue26 by FIEALeave a Comment

To capitalise on those travelling through to Rotorua, New Zealand and/or Melbourne, Australia to attend ForestTECH 2019 this year, a series of four practical workshops have been set up with forestry companies and key tech providers this year for ForestTECH 2019 delegates. The ForestTECH 2019 series this year runs in Melbourne, Australia on 13-14 November and then again in Rotorua, …

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NZ forestry farm prices increase

In ForestTECH, Issue26 by FIEALeave a Comment

The median price of forestry farms across New Zealand has increased by 45% over the last year from NZ$6,487 per hectare to NZ$9,394 per hectare according to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) source of the most complete and accurate real estate data in New Zealand. This increase may be largely the result of the Government incentives to …

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Sensor Fusion for Precision Agriculture

In Issue26 by FIEALeave a Comment

Precision agriculture has considerably benefited from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, often combined with active ranging sensors like Lidar to gather information from underneath the crops, but existing systems are relatively expensive for the farming sector. In this project, researchers in Canada have used an integrated sensor orientation method for the local referencing of Lidar measurements. Their approach is …

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Lim Geomatics launches Prism, a new data-collection application

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Lim Geomatics is proud to unveil Prism, a next-generation timber cruising application that dramatically enhances how foresters collect and analyze data from the field. The cloud-based digital tool is easy to set up, highly configurable and works on Apple, Android, and Microsoft tablets. Prism is also fully integrated with ArcGIS Online to maximize compatibility. Forest managers can plan cruises on …

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Unmanned Helicopter for Heavy Lifts

In Issue26, Video by FIEALeave a Comment

A Robinson R22 helicopter was converted by UAVOS to an unmanned drone. UAVOS— which specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned vehicles and autopilot systems — successfully completed in-air programmed missions with the unmanned helicopter. The first flight this spring of the modernized helicopter lasted more than one hour and was performed in a fully self-piloted mode, reaching an altitude of up …

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SpaceX goes big for launch

In ForestTECH, Issue26, Video by FIEALeave a Comment

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, successfully launched in May its first five dozen Starlink telecommunications satellites. This is the first step in the Starlink project, which aims to create an ultra-fast global internet service. SpaceX broadcast the inaugural Starlink mission, which launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:30 p.m. ET. A little more than an hour after liftoff, …

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World-first robotic logging truck scalers

In ForestTECH, Issue26 by FIEALeave a Comment

The world’s first two automated logging truck scalers, commissioned by Mount Maunganui-based ISO Limited, are now scanning logs at Port of Tauranga, New Zealand. The Robotic Scaling Machines (RSM) give a faster, safer and more accurate measure of logs on the trucks and trailers than the manual process. Tauranga-based agritech company Robotics Plus designed and built the automatic logging truck …

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Amazon’s new transforming Prime Air delivery drone

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Amazon has unveiled the latest version of its Prime Air delivery drone, a hybrid aircraft that’s capable of vertical takeoff and landing as well as sustained forward flight. The company says it wants to launch a delivery service using the drone in “the coming months,” but has not said where this might take place or how many customers it might cover. …