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Improving descriptions of plantations and small woodlots

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Indufor, Scion and the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury in New Zealand are currently developing new methods to improve regional descriptions of plantations and small woodlots. These methods will use a range of freely available datasets that include LiDAR and satellite imagery. Such media can be used to map plantation areas accurately and to provide updated estimates of resource …

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Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

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A drone “mosaic” of harvested forestry blocks is letting Marlburians see the wood for the trees, and could cut down environmental issues. In New Zealand, Marlborough company GeoInsight Limited is using drones, 360-degree cameras and an e-bike to “stitch together” images of forestry blocks and help the Marlborough District Council streamline compliance checks. Of the council’s 17 monitoring programmes, forestry …

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Can AR/VR pull in future talent?

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The better question is: Are you using these technologies to give employees the careers they want? Sometimes we don’t ask the right questions. Will innovative technology catch the attention of young talent and bring them to manufacturing’s doorstep? While the question and sentiment are valid, it’s really a case of missing the forest for the trees. Technology is intrinsic to …

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Microsoft Launching New Zealand Data Centre

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Microsoft has announced plans to establish its first datacenter region in New Zealand, a major milestone toward delivering enterprise-grade cloud services in the country. The New Zealand datacenter region will be the latest addition to Microsoft’s global datacenter footprint, which totals more than any other cloud provider at 60 regions announced, with Microsoft Azure available in over 140 countries around …

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Australian forest resource inventory data sought

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An Australian national study is underway to identify the wood resource characteristics of private forest estates (private native forests and farm forests) and Indigenous managed forests suitable for commercial uses. Led by the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), the study supports the National Forest Industries Plan – 2019-20 and 2020-21, Growing a Better Australia – …

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LiDAR mapping contract awarded by NZ Councils

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Woolpert, Inc and iXblue Sea Operations division, part of the French based iXblue Group, have been awarded two significant airborne LiDAR mapping projects in New Zealand covering over 38,500 square kilometres for the Hawke’s Bay and Waikato regional and local councils. These projects are part of the New Zealand government’s Provincial Growth Fund LiDAR programme in which Ministry of Business, …

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ForestX and CollectiveCrunch join forces

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ForestX and Collective Crunch to join forces to lead digitalisation of forestry in Sweden – CollectiveCrunch’s one-of-a-kind AI, Linda Forest, will be added to ForestX’s portfolio and the experienced digitalization partner helps customers in Sweden to fully utilize its benefits. CollectiveCrunch and ForestX have entered a partnership to serve the forestry customers in Sweden with a joint offering. ForestX helps …