This year for the first time, a student competition has been set up for the NZ leg of the ForestTECH 2023 series by Tools for Foresters, the Forest Industry Engineering Association and Forest Growers Research. It builds on the level of interest being shown by the forest industry in using UAV’s for collecting detailed data for tree crop management and for operational planning.
A selected number of students from the University of Canterbury and Toi Ohomai will be undertaking their own research projects on different methods for conducting tree survival surveys using UAVs. The research efforts are being coordinated by Scion and Tools for Foresters.
The reports from each of the students will each be assessed by an industry panel before ForestTECH 2023 runs with a final presentation and grading, live, given by Rotorua conference delegates on Tuesday 14 November 2023. All three students will also be expanding on their data capture methodology in a post-conference industry workshop planned for day two of the event.
The prize for the best project is an amazing DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise, the very latest generation in portable drones for land and resource management valued at $7,000 kindly donated by Ferntech, local drone specialists.