ForestTECH News Issue 16 Summary

Welcome to the 16th monthly issue of ForestTECH News.

We mentioned in last month’s issue that we’d been working alongside many of you to pull together this year’s annual technology event, ForestTECH 2018. This years’ series runs in Rotorua, New Zealand on 14-15 November 2018 and then again in Melbourne, Australia on 20-21 November 2018. We’re pretty excited with the planned line-up with a raft of international presenters coming down-under for the first time this year to be involved in the series.

From the positive feedback given at previous ForestTECH events, we have also been able to build in a series of pre-conference workshops in both countries. They’ll run the day before each conference and will be free to conference delegates. Numbers though are going to be restricted because of the size of the rooms at each of the two venues and as we’ve done in the past, places will be filled on a first in-first served basis.

Workshops this year include: Developments in Forest Management & Wood Procurement Software, ArcGIS, Mixed-Reality Applications for Forestry (this workshop is being taken by two leading companies in this space right now, Taqtile Inc who are based in Seattle and have developed some innovative uses around HoloMaps and their own Manifest mixed-reality solutions and Microsoft) and VR Assessments for Forest Inventories. Details on the programme and workshops can be found in the two stories in this month’s issue.

Back to this monthly issue. We cover a number of drone or UAV related stories; drones that can fly and land autonomously and then fly off again without human intervention (think of the implications or opportunities here), a team of researchers who’ve come up with a prototype that has improved the design of earlier versions of the monocopter and for interest, a look at one of the very earliest forms of capturing images using small cameras from the air. This was back in 1907 using – wait for it – pigeon cameras.

Enjoy this month’s read. If you have any contributions in the form of stories or articles, results from recent research or announcements around new products or services linked to remote sensing or forest resource management and assessment, by all means send the material through.

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