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UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

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The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will UAS mapping evolve in the foreseeable future? To envisage where exactly UAS technology is heading, it is appropriate to start …

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Mechanised tree planting technologies profiled

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For the first time since the annual ForestTECH series started back in 2007, this year’s event will involve two separate themes over the two days. ForestTECH 2020 runs in Rotorua on 18-19 November 2020. This year, it’s being run live and as a virtual on-line event for Australian and international delegates. The usual focus for the end of year series …

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Funding for VR Forestry planning tool

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UBC Faculty of Forestry, in partnership with FPInnovations and spatial analytics platform provider LlamaZOO, has been awarded $300,000 in funding to further develop and commercialize TimberOps, an immersive visual analytics platform for forest operations and land management. TimberOps is designed to address the many challenges encountered by managing forest resources over vast areas. The digital landscape, integrates different datasets that …

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Linda Sewell steps down from OFO

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OneFortyOne Plantations announced this week that Linda Sewell has announced her resignation as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective 28 August, 2020. In a statement released from the Board of Directors, it states that the news comes with regret but also great respect and support for Linda in her decision. After nearly eight years of demanding hard work, a …

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Argentina to launch new forest monitoring satellite

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Argentina had planned to put into orbit a satellite with new precision technology, to monitor felling of its native forests round the clock and accurately measure forest carbon stocks in a bid to help curb climate change, scientists said. The SAOCOM 1B satellite, manufactured in the South American country, was due to be launched between July 25 and 30 from …

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Monitoring National forest change in cloudy environments

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One of the primary uses of satellite imagery for many applications is to monitor change across landscapes. Randomly scattered cloud across images is one an obvious nuisance that frustrates this process, and often analysts must resort to using manual interpretation and digitising to record changes. This issue can be overcome using pixel-level processing techniques that mine individual images to extract …

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Dawn Aerospace unveils their new spaceplane

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A New Zealand-based aerospace company is on the path to revolutionising space transportation. Dawn Aerospace, headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand, has unveiled its suborbital spaceplane, the “Mk-II Aurora”, ahead of an intensive 12 month flight test campaign. The Mk-II Aurora is the latest development in a series of test vehicles that will one day launch satellites into space. It is …

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Three additional workshops for ForestTECH 2020

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As previously reported, ForestTECH 2020 is being run this year. At this stage, because of COVID-19 restrictions limiting travel, it’s being run as a physical conference along with exhibitions in Rotorua, New Zealand on 18-19 November. Those unable to travel or get into New Zealand also have the opportunity of being involved as for the first time this year, it’s …