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Tech leap: LiDAR scanner in new iPad

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LiDAR technology is nothing new to Lim Geomatics and their leading edge teams love seeing innovation with LiDAR technology. As Apple released a new iPad Pro with a LiDAR scanner, Nick Gralewicz, Director of GIS, shared his thoughts around their announcement “There is lots of excitement around the LiDAR scanner in Apple’s newest iPad Pro and what this means for …

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2020 Drone Industry Predictions: Experts Weigh In – and Disagree

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2019 was a year of change and progress for the drone industry.  What comes next – more consolidation and an industry slow down, or more exciting innovation and industry expansion?  We asked some of the industry’s leading voices for their 2020 predictions. DRONELIFE asked participants to comment on 3 important questions- and the variety of answers may surprise you.  Read …

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Subterranean uses for LiDAR: Cave Surveys

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LIDAR has gained much popularity as a means for self-driving cars to survey the space around them. At their most basic, LIDAR is a surveying method that uses lasers to paints the space around the sensors and assembles the distances measured from reflected light into a digital three-dimensional representation. That’s something that has quite a number of other applications, from …

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China Unveils Newest Satellite’s High-resolution 3D Imagery

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China has recently shared the first high-resolution 3D images captured by the Gaofen-7 imaging satellite, which was launched in November. The satellite – the latest in a series of 14 planned satellites intended to overhaul China’s orbital imaging capabilities – is claimed to be so precise that it can ‘see’ individual people from 500 kilometres up. Companies like Planet are launching hundreds of …

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Part 1: What is Vegetation Stress and the Importance of Monitoring

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Remote sensing sensors onboard satellites have the ability to capture data showing the interaction of vegetation with sunlight during photosynthesis and this data can be manipulated for vegetation analysis to determine health and stress. As any Farmer or Forester will tell you, conditions within your field or compartment can change either rapidly (such as in disaster events like hail storms, …

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Surveying seedlings for precision forestry

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In the last few decades, the forestry sector has embraced a range of new precision management tools and techniques to manage forests on a new scale. Precision management is based on the concept that big productivity gains can come from smaller-scale, tailored management techniques. To continue this evolution, the forestry sector will require new technologies for data capture, giving rise …

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Helicopter drone for fighting forest fires

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One of the good things about drones is the fact that they can safely be flown in conditions that would prove hazardous for crewed aircraft. That’s where the JC260 unmanned helicopter comes in, as it’s designed to fight forest fires. Created by Chinese manufacturer QilingUAV, the JC260 can be equipped with two of the company’s retardant-filled “fire extinguishing bombs.” Dropped …

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Young scientist wins grant to develop drone

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Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) congratulates mechanical engineer and University of Tasmania PhD student Sean Krisanski, who has been announced as one of the winners of the 2020 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Krisanski was recognised for his research into the development of an ‘arborist’ drone that can take samples from the …