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Presenter profiles – ForestTECH 2019

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Presenter profiles – ForestTECH 2019 ForestTECH 2019, this region’s annual gathering of resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and technology providers into this part of the forestry industry, runs again in November. Full details on the programmes along with details on the four workshops being run in conjunction with this years series, can be found on …

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UAV advancements for forest inventory

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Every year, over 250 resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and technology providers from throughout Australasia (and more recently SE Asia) meet up at the annual ForestTECH technology series. Since 2007, it’s the one event every year that’s run in both Australia and New Zealand focussing on this particular part of the forestry industry. In a …

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Developments in Airborne Lidar

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Airborne Lidar has revolutionised area-wide 3D data for topography, vegetation, buildings and infrastructure. This article is a good overview of the evolution of sensors and aircraft technology. It also highlights how continued advancements have led to new applications for Lidar technology and the resulting ultra-high-resolution 3D point clouds now utilised by companies worldwide. Key topics discussed include: From Single to …

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Kiwi employees embracing a future of AI

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The New Zealand workforce has stood out in a new multinational employee survey for their ‘fearless acceptance’ of new technology. New data released by global technology firm Genesys shows Kiwi employees are the most secure in their roles when it comes to embracing artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace, compared to all other countries surveyed including, Australia, USA, UK, Germany …

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New bushfire risk mapping method

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University of Wollongong bushfire management researcher Owen Price has developed a new method for mapping bushfire risk based on past fire patterns which has the potential to change bushfire prevention strategies worldwide. The research was recently published online in a special edition of the International Journal of Wildland Fire. See http://www.publish.csiro.au/WF/WF18130. Source: VAFI News Mill

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Sensor Fusion for Precision Agriculture

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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 from the University of Calgary in Canada have used an integrated sensor orientation method for the local referencing of …

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HRIS and a Trillion Trees

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Precision forestry technology is moving forward at an amazing pace, with advancements in global positioning systems, remote sensing platforms and data sources, cloud geospatial engines, mobile GIS data collectors and advanced selective logging machinery. Without accurate and reliable vegetation inventory information, however, this new arsenal of precision forestry tools falls short for operational forestry. Not knowing exactly where and how …

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New aerial mapping provider for Australasia

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iXblue Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia, part of iXblue Group based in France, has diversified its Sea Operations division operational capability to include aerial mapping operations to clients across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. With over 100,000 line miles surveyed worldwide, iXblue has been operating the Sea Operations division across the region since 2007 providing clients with detailed and …