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ForestTECH News is a monthly update on the latest news, research results, reports and links relevant to forest resource management and planning in Australasia. ForestTECH Events is Australasia’s leading annual technology event for forest resource and tree crop managers, remote sensing and GIS specialists and inventory foresters.

ForestTECH 2024

Remote Sensing, Inventory Management, Mechanised Silviculture
20-21 Nov 2024, Rotorua, New Zealand
26-27 Nov 2024, Melbourne, Australia
20-21 Nov 2024, Virtual Event
ForestTECH 2024

Latest News & Technologies

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Salvage success lessons shared with industry

Effective collaboration across the timber industry and learning the lessons from past fire salvage efforts have been highlighted as key factors underpinning the success of the record salvage program in the Tumut and Tumbarumba regions following the Black Summer fires ...
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First Silvicultural Micro Innovation Challenge

Three NZ$15,000 awards to turn your idea(s) into reality. Let’s level up our Silviculture game! Silviculture activities – planting, pruning, and thinning – are critical to successful forests, influencing not only the health and form of our trees, but the ...
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New film highlights importance of reducing fuel loads

This story will resonate with foresters both in Australia and New Zealand who have been working hard with authorities and land managers to reduce fuel loads in forests to reduce fire risks. A new film “California’s Watershed Healing” documents the ...
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NZ forestry industry establishing pan sector body

Ten organisations have signed an accord establishing as a pan sector body. Called the NZ Forest & Wood Sector Forum (NZFWSF), NZ sector associations will engage on issues of common interest or concern to the national industry and act as a ...
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Changes to Environment Standards for Plantation Forestry

On 14 June, NZ Government Ministers announced changes to the National Environment Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). In summary: • Changes have been made to how commercial forestry is managed to give councils more power to decide where new forests ...
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Giant pine scale eradication program underway

The South Australian forest industries acknowledges the critical importance of implementing an effective eradication program against the giant pine scale (GPS) in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs. “While we recognize the loss of tree canopies and urban forests is an unfortunate ...
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Promising test run of new robotic planting machine

Södra’s venture in a new advanced technique for better seedling survival was recently field tested with promising results. Södra’s ambition with the in-house developed BraSatt 01 planting machine is to accelerate technical advances in forest regeneration, which could potentially lead ...
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Tree detection advances towards precision forestry

Advances in sensors and aerial platforms continue to offer Forest growers an increasing array of precision datasets. Extracting further value to streamline management is desirable, though often limited due to software costs, computing constraints and iterations required to extract meaningful ...
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Smart technologies advance the monitoring of RNC

Using innovative satellite detection methods, Indufor’s Dwell monitoring system is now capable of detecting Red Needle Cast (RNC) outbreaks. The science, developed in a collaborative effort between Indufor and Scion, studies sporadic outbreaks of RNC, caused by a fungal-like organism, ...
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Case Study – Using spatial data for tree health

As one of the world’s top ten forested countries, Australia relies on growers to manage productive, healthy forests sustainably for generations to come. HQPlantations is part of Australia’s plantation timber industry, which includes the forest, wood, and paper products sector ...
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Capturing NZ at scale

Aerial Surveys Limited (ASL) is New Zealand’s oldest aerial surveying company with over forty years of capturing data at scale all over the country. A presentation given as part of the end of year Remote Sensing User Group meeting in ...
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John Deere announces strategic partnership

Utilising the industry-leading Starlink network, this solution will allow machine owners facing rural connectivity challenges to fully leverage precision technologies. This partnership, an industry first, will enable John Deere customers to be more productive, profitable, and sustainable in their operations. ...
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Cut surfaces as fingerprints – marker-free tracing of logs

Until now, reliably tracing logs to their origin has been difficult to achieve. Researchers at Fraunhofer IPM and their partners have now shown that logs and trunk sections can be identified based on the structure of the cut surfaces. The ...
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A groundbreaking leap for UAV-Lidar mapping

DJI selected Intergeo in Berlin as the stage for unveiling the DJI Zenmuse L2. This highly integrated Lidar system builds on the success of DJI’s Zenmuse L1 to bring new benefits to the geospatial community. Thanks to the enhanced RGB ...
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Sky’s the limit for up-and coming foresters

If ForestTECH 2023 is anything to go by, the future of forestry is bright. Three forestry students presented at the conference this week, marking the end of a student competition, organised by Scion and supported by Tools for Foresters. The ...
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Revolutionising planted forests inventory management

Scion is revealing a prototype for a new interactive tool providing the forestry industry with powerful inventory information to make management, harvesting and wood processing decisions easier. Called ‘Forest Insights’, scientists from the Crown Research Institute will outline the tool’s ...
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Insect damage app & sawmill concept pick up major awards

An artificial intelligence application developed by Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch for detecting insect damage in forests has won the Quality Innovation Award in a competition organised by the Finnish Quality Association, Excellence Finland. Metsä Group’s Future Sawmill concept won the ...
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$225 Million For Climate-Focused Forest Fund

Manulife Investment Management announced that it has raised US$224.5 million in commitments at the initial close of Manulife Forest Climate Fund LP, reaching nearly the halfway mark towards the fund’s targeted US$500 million in committed capital. Launched in late 2022, ...
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Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning in Forest Conservation

3D laser scanning is a cutting-edge technology that has revolutionised how we capture and visualise the world. By using laser beams to measure the distances and shapes of objects, structures, and landscapes, it creates exact, three-dimensional representations.  This non-invasive technique ...
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Technical Forest Services celebrates its 21st Anniversary

Technical Forest Services P/L (TFS) recently marked its 21st anniversary, commemorating the milestone since its establishment on July 1, 2002. In celebration, the entire TFS family convened in Launceston, with team members converging from across the eastern seaboard of Australia, ...
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Some mass plantings could harm the environment

New studies raise issues that complicate the ambitious goals to use mass tree-planting to fight climate change. The researchers warn that in some cases, carbon-offset tree plantations could reduce biodiversity, doing more harm than good for the environment. Trees take ...
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New Forests to sell NZ assets

Global nature-based real assets manager New Forests is selling four of its New Zealand forestry assets. The four estates, located across New Zealand’s North and South Islands, are being sold as the fund manager completes the term of the second ...
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Increasing sawlog production from existing forests

Two new reports have been released by the Tasmania Forestry Hub outlining opportunities to support silvicultural interventions that could deliver additional saw log production in the next 10 years. Australia faces an ongoing shortage of structural grade timber for use ...
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Council’s proposed new rules could cost millions

“Extreme” new rules proposed by the Otago Regional Council for Otago’s forestry industry could cost the sector more than a third of its land, wiping out more than NZ$320 million of the region’s forestry value. City Forests Ltd chief executive ...
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A world-first for nature-based reporting

Forico has published a world-first illustrative example of an integrated climate and nature sustainability report aligned to the recommendations of both the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). The combined report is an ...
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War on pine needle disease in NZ’s planted forests

New research and smart technologies are offering hope and solutions to foresters waging war against a silent enemy in our pine plantations. Red needle cast (RNC), an unyielding fungal-like disease, has silently been wreaking havoc on pine trees in New ...
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Automatic forest health monitoring system unveiled

In a major development for forest biosecurity and conservation, researchers at Scion have unveiled an automatic forest health monitoring system capable of detecting disease outbreaks in planted forests. This cutting-edge technology, which uses high-resolution satellite imagery, has recently proven its ...
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Seed shortage & fire puts Victorian forests at risk

Victoria’s Ash forests are on the brink of ecosystem collapse following a poor flowering season and repeated fire events, warns the State’s leading forest flowering and seeding expert. The issue highlights concerns raised by Forestry Australia, the seed collection services ...
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BC removing single-use plastic wrap in tree planting

After a trial in Northern B.C., the province says they will be removing plastic wrap for some tree planting processes to reduce climate change. They say 3 million single-use plastic tree seedling wraps will be removed from the tree-planting process ...
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Remote data collection technologies being profiled

On-site and virtual registrations to this year’s annual ForestTECH 2023 event along with the pre-and post-conference workshops continue to flow in. As well as a large international contingent of presentations this year on remote sensing, data collection, forest inventory, mechanised ...
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The trees come back – looking back 42 years

Some of the worst eroded pasture land in New Zealand can be seen in the East Cape region of the North Island. This film, produced 42 years ago, explains in detail how the problem arose, starting with the European settlement ...
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ForestTECH 2023 pre-and post-conference workshops

ForestTECH, it’s this region’s most popular annual independent forestry technology series. In addition to advances being made in remote sensing and forest inventory, like recent ForestTECH events, sessions this year have been set up on the very latest developments and ...
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Mechanised silviculture technologies being profiled

ForestTECH is this region’s premier forestry technology series. It’s been going now for 17 years. It’s the one forestry technology event every year that brings together forest resource managers, inventory foresters, remote sensing, GIS, mapping and forest inventory specialists and ...
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AI, robots & satellites fighting wildfires

This year has been a challenging one for Phil Schneider, who hasn’t seen wildfire behaviour like this in his 47-year firefighting career. Blazes raged through more than 2,000 acres of wildland in recent months in his county deep in the ...
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Revolutionising forestry with 3D deep learning

In the rapidly evolving world of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning, one of the most critical factors for success is access to vast amounts of labelled data. These labelled datasets power AI models by giving them lots of examples ...
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Historic high-resolution imagery boost for ETS

High-resolution aerial photos of rural New Zealand from around 1990 are now publicly available for use in mapping and spatial analysis. They will be used for a broad range of applications by government, councils, forestry consultants, businesses, universities and the ...
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M-Planter economic performance report results

A new report discusses the exploration of mechanised planting options by New Zealand forestry companies in response to anticipated changes in labour availability and increased competition for planting crews due to afforestation incentives. This new detailed report, led by Scion, ...
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OptiCept agreement with Chilean forestry company

The Swedish PlantTech company OptiCept Technologies has entered an agreement with the Chilean forestry company CMPC. Cuttings will now be boosted with nutrients using a unique vacuum impregnation technology called OptiBoost. During a couple of weeks this spring, the Chilean ...
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ForestTECH 2023 Student Competition

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Tasman region forestry study important for the industry

A seven-year forestry study looking at the impact of sediment in rivers from harvesting and earthworks has entered its fifth year. The NZ$2.7 million study is jointly funded by Ministry for Primary Industries through its Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures ...
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Fire – and the role of Australia’s eucalyptus tree?

Portugal, Greece, Spain, Chile, California and now Hawaii have all battled wildfires this year as high temperatures and strong winds have whipped small sparks into violent infernos. But fire needs fuel, and what these places also have in common is ...
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Best Practice Study Tour grant awarded

The WIDE Trust is excited to announce Rachel Millar as the latest recipient of a Best Practice Study Tour grant. This grant will enable Rachel to embark on an international journey, delving into cutting-edge practices and innovations in the forestry ...
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Bay of Plenty now mapped with LiDAR

There is a new way to see the Bay of Plenty, following the completion of a project to map the region in 3D using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) elevation data, which is now available through Toitū Te Whenua Land ...
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Yellow jerseys of the fireline: A day fighting wildfires

For three weeks in July, the world’s most elite bike racers climb steep mountains and sprint along historic cobblestones to capture the coveted yellow jersey or the race leader in the Tour de France. It’s a 22-day feat of human ...
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Testing hydrogel to extend the planting season

Hydrogels which retain moisture around tree roots can aid seedling establishment and growth, and potentially extend the planting season beyond its traditional winter window. As part of the Precision Silviculture Programme within Forest Growers Research, a trial to test a ...
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Mechanised planting results feature at ForestTECH 2023

The 2023 ForestTECH programme, consisting of pre-and-post conference workshops and meetings along with trade exhibitions has been designed with Australasian forestry companies. It’s now live. Last year, well over 500 delegates from 15 different countries were involved in the on-line ...
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ForestTECH places for young graduates & students

Another opportunity (free stuff) is being offered with a free conference registration – up to five of them in fact – for this year’s ForestTECH 2023 event running in Rotorua, New Zealand on 14-15 November 2023. The Forest Industry Engineering ...
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Revolutionising Earth observation with Lidar-based mapping

Geospatial satellite startup NUVIEW on an ambitious mission Anew and ambitious startup called NUVIEW entered the geospatial satellite industry in May 2023, following a lengthy period in ‘stealth mode’. In this exclusive interview with GIM International, the company’s CEO and ...
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Australia’s largest AI-powered bushfire camera network

The Green Triangle (an area spanning south east South Australia and south west Victoria) will soon be home to Australia’s largest camera bushfire detection network. This investment in technology supports quick and precise fire detection, protecting communities and plantation forests, ...
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Exploring AI’s potential in forest nurseries

Can AI match human seedling grading in nursery at speed and accuracy? Under Forest Grower’s Research work programme, the Precision Silviculture Programme’s prototype says its looking possible! Developed in collaboration with Dr. Brian Russell at Contempo Lab, they’ve successfully detected ...
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Research aims to future-proof planted forests

Research and smart technologies are offering hope and solutions to growers needing to create more resilient planted forests and mitigate the effects of climate change on tree health and industry productivity. Although the forestry and wood processing sector is the ...
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Tree seedlings – grown at speed

For the first time in Australasia, a unique system of raising tree seedlings is going to be unveiled to the local forestry industry. Using the concept of vertical farming systems (growing crops in vertically stacked layers), Forestry and Land Scotland ...
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Lack of low intensity mild fire – a major cause of eucalypt decline?

Getting to the root of the issue: Review of eucalypt decline and dieback in relation to lack of low intensity fire management across Australia has been completed by John O’Donnell. The review has been designed to tease out the key ...
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Advocacy positions from Forestry Australia produced

Forestry Australia has released a series of two-page Position Statements to better inform members and the community of its position on a range of issues. Designed to be short, sharp and easily understood, the first five in a series of ...
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Forest AI – measuring global carbon capture

A scientist from Indiana’s Purdue University is working with a large team of global collaborators to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) model that will combine information collected about billions of trees measured on-site in the world’s forests using satellite and ...
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NES could end all Australian native forestry

Australia’s forest industry fears the Albanese government’s new national environment standards could end native forest logging nationally. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek is drafting the new standards as part of a revamp of environmental law and has vowed to apply them ...
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Holy smoke! New camera-based fire detection systems

In the face of a climate likely to become hotter and drier, and with bushfires continuing to pose a significant threat, a variety of forestry-related research initiatives are underway across Australia. As an industry, forestry is particularly vulnerable to bushfire ...
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Enhancing traditional growth & yield forecasts

A team of researchers has developed a prototype system that combines remote sensing data and process-based modelling with the traditional method of empirical modelling. The system will help forest managers improve planning and forecasting systems for the optimal maintenance and ...
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Small holdings tree farm advice released

The final report of the Trials Review, Information and Genetics (TRIG) project, has been released along with advisory information and updated data. According to TRIG Steering Committee Chair, Dr Kevin Harding, the project sought to leverage the past work of ...
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ForestTECH 2023 November series programmes live

The 2023 ForestTECH programme, consisting of pre-and-post conference workshops and meetings along with trade exhibitions has been designed with industry. It’s now live. Details on the content and coverage for the 14-15 November Rotorua, NZ event and 21-22 November 2023 ...
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New Australian Forest & Wood Innovations institute

The Albanese Government has signed an agreement with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to expand the work of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation. UTAS will establish the institute to operate under the name Australian Forest and Wood Innovations ...
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Australian plantation establishment grants welcomed

Forest plantation establishment grants announced this week by the Albanese Government will help Australia grow much needed timber and wood fibre supply for the nation’s future, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Natasa Sikman said. ...
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Forest health monitoring solution developed

In Europe, Metsä Group, an international forest industry group and CollectiveCrunch, a leading AI company specializing in forestry solutions, have teamed up to release an innovative solution that equips forest owners with detailed and timely information about potential threats in ...
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New partnership to help meet predator free targets

A new partnership between the inventors of New Zealand’s only automatic resetting combined possum and rat trap and the owners of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned conservation estate will provide a much-needed boost to New Zealand’s fight against predators and pests. ...
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New research reveals how much forests absorb water

New research is showing how effective forests are at mitigating the effects of extreme rainfall during severe weather events. In New Zealand, high resolution data collected from Mahurangi Forest near Auckland during the Auckland Anniversary weekend floods and Cyclone Gabrielle ...
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CSIRO launches national soil data & information tool

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has launched a new tool that will help Australia sustainably manage a critical natural resource which sustains lives and livelihoods. Now live and available for use, the Australian National Soil Information System (ANSIS) brings together ...
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Methane-munching forest soils to the rescue

Scion scientists have embarked on important new research to find out how much methane is being consumed by microorganisms in New Zealand’s planted forest soils. Forest soils are good habitats for bacteria that absorb and release methane (CH4) as a ...
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Water rule lifting required to unlock plantation investment

Queensland’s forest and timber industry is looking forward to the lifting of the water rule barrier in the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) to promote new plantation investment in the state. Timber Queensland CEO Mick Stephens said that this barrier is ...
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New BVLOS examination for Australian drones

The drone industry is rapidly evolving, and as a result, the standards and regulations for remote pilots are also constantly changing. Currently, in Australia, organizations holding a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) are required to ensure that their remote pilots have ...
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Firefighting drone market to reach USD2.76 billion

The Global Firefighting Drone Market size was valued at USD 1.31 Billion in 2022 and is forecasted to be USD 2.76 Billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 9.8 % from 2023 to 2030, as per a recent report ...
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New initiatives for Tasmanian forestry sector

Landowners in Tasmania will be encouraged to learn how they can estimate their carbon impact thanks to the Tasmanian Government’s investment in the future of the State’s forestry sector via a new portal. Minister for Resources, Felix Ellis, said the ...
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Lidar technology for scalable forest inventory

Evaluating the trade-offs between the various platforms There is a critical need for rapid, rigorous, reproducible and scalable forest inventory tools to support data-driven policies and management practices in response to challenges including deforestation and climate change. Lidar technology offers ...
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CollectiveCrunch enters the U.S. market

Partnership with OSU College of Forestry marks the company’s official entry into the U.S. market. CollectiveCrunch, the creator of the AI-powered platform that enables sustainable forestry at scale, has launched a pilot project with the Oregon State University College of ...
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OneFortyOne appoints Chief Forester

Commencing July 2023 Branislav Zoric will join OneFortyOne as its Chief Forester, working in both Australia and New Zealand.Branislav will provide technical and professional advice on forestry matters including the integration of environmental, social, and economic values for sustainable forest ...
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Aircraft vs Satellite vs Drone – what’s changed?

Over the years there have been numerous articles comparing capture with Aircraft vs Satellites vs Drones. So, what’s changed in relation to this comparison? In practical terms not a lot but there are technology advancements which will likely come into ...
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Space Intelligence to map land cover changes

Everland, a company representing the largest portfolio of high-quality REDD+ forest conservation projects in the world, has named Space Intelligence as its main data partner. Everland will use the state-of-the-art technology and data from Space Intelligence to build a comprehensive ...
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TED Vancouver: Fighting wildfires from space

Aerospace executive talks new tools to help fight wildfires from space. With “mega fires” of more than 40,000 hectares becoming more prevalent, George Whitesides says better satellites are among the innovative tools firefighters need to cope with them. Former aerospace ...
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One New Zealand takes off, announces collaboration with SpaceX

One New Zealand officially launches new brand and announces a new collaboration with SpaceX. On its first official day as One New Zealand, the now-locally run telecommunications provider has launched a new collaboration to provide coverage to 100 percent of ...
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Genomic tool – a game changer for Radiata pine

The result of research effort that began in 2014, Graham is holding a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array. It is the first large-scale genome-based pedigree identification and genetic selection tool for radiata pine worldwide. It is an affordable and robust ...
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Return of the GEDI

• Since 2018, the GEDI mission has been firing lasers from the International Space Station to measure aboveground biomass on Earth. • The information gleaned from it has been crucial for scientists to understand how deforestation contributes to worsening climate ...
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CollectiveCrunch launches Linda Planet

CollectiveCrunch, creator of the AI-powered platform that enables sustainable forestry at scale, is launching Linda Planet, a new trustworthy tool that enables forestry professionals to assess the health of forests by monitoring and tracking changes in both forest biodiversity and ...
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Optimising profitability with fertiliser prediction systems

In 2017, FWPA-supported research led to the development of the ProFert for Pine tool, which was designed to improve the capacity of softwood growers to effectively predict the success of various fertiliser options at different sites. By combining empirical results ...
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On-orbit fire detection technology launched

Germany-based wildfire solution company OroraTech has announced its new on-orbit fire processing technology that can detect and send fire notification alarms to customers via the multi-satellite link within three minutes once the satellite has passed the affected area. As a ...
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Post-processing Lidar data no longer the norm

The Dutch startup Aerial Precision recently demonstrated its first two sensors with integrated artificial intelligence software. Over the past few years, the company’s innovation efforts have resulted in products that make Lidar cheaper and easier to use. For example, thanks ...
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Forestry AI helps track cyclone damage, with almost ‘whole country mapped out’

Artificial intelligence technology is being used to help understand the damage caused by slash in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle – and help the forestry sector battle climate change. It’s part of the Crown Research Institute Scion’s Digital Forest Project, ...
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Artificial intelligence: World at ‘tipping point

Sir Peter Gluckman says people are being “pulled apart by misinformation, disinformation, social media and ‘targeting’”. The world is at “a tipping point” beyond which technology may be beyond our control, the president of the International Science Council, Auckland University ...
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GPS accuracy to 10cm from satellite uplink centre

A state-of-the-art satellite positioning service in Southland, in the lower South Island, New Zealand, will bring GPS accuracy to about 10cm, refining data for aviation, search and rescue, and many other industries. The Southern Positioning Augmentation Network (SouthPAN) is a ...
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UniSA forest virtual reality project underway

Plantation managers may soon be able to walk through large sections of forests, zero in on defects, check wood quality, and get a quicker overview on progress, all without leaving their office. Researchers at the University of South Australia are ...
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CollectiveCrunch raises €1.4m for future growth

Finnish green tech company CollectiveCrunch has secured €1.4 million in an investment round led by existing investor Nidoco AB to fund future growth, particularly in the forest carbon market. CollectiveCrunch’s proprietary Linda Forest platform gathers climate, geo and process data ...
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Kea Atmos stratospheric aircraft takes flight

New Zealand’s first solar-powered stratospheric aircraft has been built and flight testing has commenced. This aircraft will be a game-changer for collecting high-resolution aerial data for applications such as extreme weather events, environmental monitoring and precision agriculture. The “Kea Atmos ...
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High resolution imagery of flood-hit areas

New high-resolution, satellite imagery providing a birds-eye view of Cyclone Gabrielle’s impact on the North Island’s east coast is now available online as part of New Zealand’s emergency response. Photo: Before and after: The image on the left shows the ...
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New aerial imagery – before and after Cyclone Gabrielle

Cyclone Gabrielle left a trail of destruction in its wake as it swept through the Hawkes Bay area, and now with the power and accessibility of satellite imagery we have the ability to see it with our own eyes. Members ...
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Canadian students launch wildfire-monitoring satellite

A student-built satellite from the University of Alberta that will capture images of active wildfires has made it into orbit after a successful launch recently. The satellite Ex-Alta 2, a miniature satellite about the size of a loaf of bread ...
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DroneSeed acquires California’s largest tree nursery

Climate tech company Mast, the newly-formed parent company of DroneSeed, has announced its acquisition of California-based Cal Forest Nurseries, which supplies the majority of seedlings used for reforestation in California. Mast restores forests after large-scale wildfires with reforestation projects that ...
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ChatGPT could make these jobs obsolete

Artificial intelligence is here, and it’s coming for your job. So promising are the tool’s capabilities, Microsoft — amid laying off 10,000 people — has announced a “multiyear, multi-billion dollar investment” in the revolutionary technology, which is growing smarter by ...
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Early EOI to present at ForestTECH 2023

In 2021 and 2022, the ForestTECH series, like many other meetings and events, was disrupted by Covid. In saying that, over 300 delegates from 15 different countries were involved with an on-line ForestTECH event run for the industry in February ...
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Harnessing laser technology to measure native forests

The results of a recently completed, FWPA-supported collaborative research project have demonstrated the potential of using dense, 3D point cloud data to link tree and plot-level measurements in native forests, gathered using a mobile laser scanner (MLS), alongside airborne laser ...
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23% of the U.S. forest inventory could be lost

A study led by a North Carolina State University researcher found that under more severe climate warming scenarios, the inventory of trees used for timber in the continental United States could decline by as much as 23% by 2100. The ...
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NEON adds drone-based Leaf Sampling Protocol

Treetop leaf sampling ( canopy foliar sampling) at forested NEON (The National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network ) field sites just got a whole lot easier. We’ve added a new tool to our kit: an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), ...
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Engineered magic: wooden seed carriers

Geometric design and engineering of biodegradable materials could improve versatility, efficiency of aerial seeding How seeds implant themselves in soil can seem magical. Take some varieties of Erodium, whose five-petalled flowers of purple, pink or white look like geraniums. The ...
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Future proofing our forestry sector

Future-proofing New Zealand’s radiata pine plantations against climate challenges and a rapidly changing economic environment has become a whole lot easier with a world-leading application of Genomic Selection (GS), a tool to accelerate conventional tree breeding. A partnership between the ...
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Rotorua to host international remote sensing conference

Rotorua and Whakarewarewa Forest will be the backdrop to a global forestry conference that is set to attract up to 500 remote sensing specialists to the city in just over 18 months’ time. Scion has successfully secured a bid to ...
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Plantma planting trials and expansion ongoing

After a long time of preparation and transportation, a PlantMax X2 Planting unit is operating in Brazil. In collaboration with partners at Timber in Curitiba Plantma Forestry has done a successful trial/demo in Pine plantations in Paraná as well as ...
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ChatGPT and AI will disrupt these industries

ChatGPT is the world’s most powerful AI chatbot. It offers a human-like alternative to search engines and can do everything from compile a menu to writing a TV script to explaining quantum physics.In a local NZ newspaper last week, Universities ...
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Autonomous planting machine runs for first time

The autonomous planting machine project Autoplant is getting closer to reality. In September 2022 the first test of a complete machine was made in Bräcke, mid-Sweden, close to the Bracke factory where the planting head has been developed and manufactured. ...
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Remote sensing supporting future smart decision making

Australian researchers have proposed a holistic approach to provide meaningful insights to support smart decision making for the future. Contemporary forest and wood products companies face a significant challenge around effective planning, as traditional resource management models and systems become ...
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Pilotless planes to fight bushfires

A New Zealand aviation technology company is developing pilotless planes to fight bushfires from the skies. Canterbury-based Skybase is converting aircraft to fly remotely in a world-leading move designed to revolutionise firefighting. It involves putting high-tech artificial-intelligence computer systems inside ...
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Gaia AI raises US$3M for forest data collection service

Gaia AI has secured a US$3M Pre-Seed to automate the collection of forestry data, verify carbon credits, and build a data platform that empowers foresters to make the best financial andecological decisions for their forests. This round was led by ...
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HQPlantations CEO appointed

Following an extensive domestic and international executive search, HQPlantations Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Wilson as new Chief Executive Officer following previous CEO Jeremy Callachor’s resignation late last year and departure in December for ...
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Taranaki region’s 3D landscape unveiled

Anew, high-tech aerial laser survey project has been completed in the New Zealand region of Taranaki, producing an exact 3D map of the region’s land surface. The survey, conducted by Toitu Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) in partnership ...
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FSC publish new forest management standard

FSC ANZ has announced the launch of a new standard for responsible forest management in New Zealand. After a comprehensive process of rigorous consultation with industry, environment, and social stakeholders and Indigenous groups, the FSC Forest Stewardship Standard for New ...
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Opinion Piece – A tale of two fires

Two separate fires that started from lightning strikes earlier this month reinforce the need to increase the resources available for prescribed burning and plantation protection in Australia’s south-west forests. During just one storm, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions ...
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ForestTECH 2022 – Event Summary

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NZ Awards celebrate scientists & research excellence

Scion’s leadership in forestry science, bioplastics research and biotechnology has been celebrated by Scion and its peers at the Science New Zealand Awards. Scientists from all seven Crown Research Institutes and Callaghan Innovation were represented at the ceremony held in ...
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New tech aims to track carbon in every tree

• Climate scientists and data engineers have developed a new digital platform billed as the first-ever global tool for accurately calculating the carbon stored in every tree on the planet. • Founded on two decades of research and development, the ...
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Just madness – removing forest-mapping laser

NASA plan to scrap device would curtail important climate and biodiversity data, researchers say. Since April 2019, a fridge-size instrument attached to the International Space Station (ISS) has tickled the treetops of much of the planet with laser light, mapping ...
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Mechanised planting on steeper slopes

As part of the just completed ForestTECH 2022 series, advances being made operationally in mechanised planting along with recent commercial trials from across Australasia, Europe and in South America featured as part of the focus this year’s event had on ...
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Two-year fire trial hailed a success

Tasmania is set to continue to benefit from the rollout of new fire detection technology which will help reduce the spread of major bushfires, safeguarding valuable plantation assets and even local communities. After a successful two year trial, leading Tasmanian ...
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State forests delivering higher net social benefits

The state body for the forest and timber industry in Queensland has welcomed a landmark study into the long-term benefits from state forests in South and Central Queensland as compared to if they were managed as national parks[1]. Timber Queensland ...
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How drones are replanting B.C.’s burned forests

With promises to rejuvenate forests from the air, tree-planting start-ups are looking to supplement shovels and long days of labour with swarms of seed-bearing aerial drones. A growing target: B.C.’s burnt forests. The charred remains of Douglas fir and Lodgepole ...
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Three mapping solutions for digital twins and BIM

At Intergeo, Emesent launched three new products that will help geospatial professionals save time while capturing accurate data for digital twins and BIM applications. Emesent is a pioneering company in drone autonomy, Lidar mapping and data analytics. The products include ...
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Yamaha’s unmanned helicopter carrying up to 50 kg

Yamaha has introduced an upgraded version of its Fazer R G2 unmanned helicopter, or drone, equipping it with more thrust and greater payload capacity. This should make it more suitable for carrying out aerial deliveries, which the company expects to ...
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Forest Products Commission of Western Australia Invests for the Future with Remsoft

The Forest Products Commission of Western Australia (FPC) is implementing Remsoft Operations with connected Optimization Modeling capabilities to streamline annual planning and forest estate management. By increasing planning effectiveness and transparency, the technology will free up time for planners and foresters and enhance decision making. The ...
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R&D solution to tackle plastic waste for nurseries

Scion scientists have been instrumental in developing and testing biodegradable nursery pots that will help nurseries and Kiwi gardeners to reduce plastic waste and its impact on the environment. The biodegradable pots, made from biopolymers and a biofiller, will offer ...
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Vertical farm trees growing six times faster

Tree seedlings are being grown six times faster in a vertical farm compared to traditional outdoor sowing, in the first UK trials of their kind. Growing 40-50cm tall in just 90 days – something that in a field would take ...
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A journey into the new reality

Impressions from HxGN Live Global 2022 In which direction is the geospatial industry heading? Which core activities will companies focus on? How will the rapidly progressing technological advances shape the future? The recent edition of HxGN Live Global in Las ...
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How digital innovation has accelerated forest monitoring

The way that we monitor the world’s forests has changed dramatically in recent years. Fifteen years ago, many countries still made maps and recorded information about their forests and land manually on paper. Forest monitoring involved considerable investment for developing ...
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Environmental Monitoring – remote sensing review

Remote sensing data is often applied to assist with environmental monitoring. However, the pace of development makes it challenging to decipher if the new sensor or technique can be used successfully beyond a small study area. A key requirement of ...
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Treemetrics signs €1.2m contract with ESA

Cork-headquartered Treemetrics, a forestry management software firm, will play a key role in a new project to provide more accurate forest carbon credit estimates to the European Space Agency (ESA). Treemetrics, which was founded in 2005 by Enda Kane and ...
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The weed-mapping drone that goes the extra mile

The Single family have been farming their broadacre cropping property near Coonamble, in New South Wales, for close to 70 years and third generation farmer Ben Single says there has always been a special focus on the environment. One of ...
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New marketplace for satellite imagery

Critchlow Geospatial has announced the launch of New Zealand’s first satellite imagery marketplace. Recent advances in optics, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing mean that satellite imagery (and its ever-growing catalogue of derived data) is now more ...
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AU$120m investment for new plantation estate

The Victorian government is investing in a new plantation estate in Gippsland to plant millions of trees to maintain the state’s timber supply and reduce emissions. An AU$120 million investment will fund the plantation of 16 million trees in regional ...
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Four workshops set up for ForestTECH 2022

The ForestTECH series has firmly established itself on the Australasian calendar. Since 2007, aside from a recent hiccup or two with Covid enforced travel and meeting restrictions, it’s been run annually for the forestry industry on both sides of the Tasman. In more recent years, it’s also truly become an international event with well over 100 delegates from 20 different countries joining in remotely to each event over the last couple of years. It’s the one technology series every year ...
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Digital Data is the key to sustainable forestry

Forestry and climate change challenges require a far more efficient, data-intensive approach than the current status quo. Forests are critical to fighting climate change, based in part on their ability to absorb carbon dioxide – the primary greenhouse gas threatening ...
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Another unique opportunity for young foresters

This new opportunity comes with a free conference registration – up to about eight of them in fact for – for this year’s ForestTECH 2022 event running in Rotorua, New Zealand on 15-16 November 2022. The Forest Industry Engineering Association ...
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NZ UAV pilots, have you heard of this new tool?

RNZAF Flight Advisor Service (flightadvisornz.io) is a new tool developed by Aeropath for the NZDF. The primary function of this tool is two-fold: Register and communicate low level hazards in uncontrolled airspace; Notify other airspace users of your operation to ...
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First AI-enabled carbon offsets for native NZ forests

New Zealand’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz (pronounced carbon zee), is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest. Climate change PhD candidate Finn ...
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ArcGIS software-based forest monitoring system developed

The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is developing a dashboard created with ArcGIS Dashboards that will generate reports about deforestation in the South American nation, which is renowned for its lush rain forests and exotic wildlife such as jaguars, capuchin monkeys, ...
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Swedish mechanised planting system planned for NZ

Plantma Forestry have developed a mechanised planting system that’s being used in Sweden and being trialled in both the US and Canada. During 2020 the machine was tested by 3 major forest companies in Sweden in a variety of conditions, ...
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FARO acquires mobile mapping pioneer GeoSLAM

FARO has announced the acquisition of one the world’s mobile scanning market leaders: GeoSLAM. With proprietary high-productivity simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) software to create 3D models for use in digital twin applications, the addition of GeoSLAM will put FARO ...
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World’s first service for capturing tree trunk data using camera drones

Katam continues to provide global forestry with services for precise decision support and increased wood growth and quality. By using autonomous drones for video recordings, Katam now introduces an additional method for acquiring forest data. A new service offered by ...
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Where’s My Drone? BVLOS for forest operations

Forest environments are notoriously difficult for drone (unmanned aerial vehicle – UAV) operations. Aside from the trees themselves, hilly terrain, remote areas provide challenges for drone operators. Add in the complexity of technical, operational, and regulatory considerations in a forest ...
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Timberlands’ big, hairy, audacious goal

In May 2017, New Zealand’s Timberlands Ltd Board of Directors and senior managers toured through Puruki Experimental Forest in the Central North Island with a team of Scion scientists. As they stood on the top of a hill in Puruki ...
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New biomass satellite taking shape

It is the first satellite to take a technology called P-band radar into space – and it should help scientists to distinguish the wood from the trees. In a dust-free cleanroom in Stevenage, the European Space Agency’s BIOMASS satellite is ...
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Forest establishment & mechanised planting profiled

ForestTECH is this region’s premier forestry technology series. It’s the one forestry technology event that brings together forest resource managers, inventory foresters, remote sensing, GIS, mapping and forest inventory specialists and researchers from throughout Australasia. For the last two years, ...
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Glyphosate not carcinogenic, says EU chemicals agency

The opinion is set to influence decision on whether to reauthorize the controversial herbicide in the EU. The controversial herbicide ingredient glyphosate does not cause cancer in humans, according to a scientific opinion published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). ...
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DNA – transforming the fight against illegal logging

With the right equipment and a little luck, stealing a tree from a swath of land as remote and vast as the Olympic National Forest should have been easy enough. In the summer of 2018, Justin Wilke, a Washington man ...
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Jetson ONE – World’s first EVTOL work trip

At the end of last year, we covered a story from Jetson (for those old enough you’ll remember well from your childhood those cartoons in the 1960’s that crossed our screens, the Jetsons), a Swedish company with a mission of ...
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US$36m raised for drone reforestation efforts

Fire seasons are now longer and the destruction more intense, as fires burn hotter and spread to more drought-stricken ground. Since the start of this year, 32,247 wildfires have burned over 3.3 million acres in the United States, according to ...
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NZ’s forest cover change being mapped

Microsoft and New Zealand Crown Research Institute, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, are teaming up to develop improved detection of land use and forest cover change in New Zealand. Microsoft says its AI for Good team will work with Manaaki Whenua’s ...
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NSW planting efforts doubling in size this year

Key points: 6.5 million trees will be planted around Tumut and Tumbarumba by the end of August Planting efforts have doubled to help the timber industry recover from the Black Summer bushfires One third of the area’s total plantation was ...
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Precision Forestry: A forest of one

A single tree does not make a forest – just yet. Scion is developing and testing a range of precision forestry technologies with Hawke’s Bay forestry company Pan Pac Forest Products in New Zealand to make a ‘forest of one’ ...
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Ultra-long range hydraulic drone lifts serious weight

A unique heavy-lift UAV out of Edinburgh promises to obliterate the power and range of electric drones using a Rotax engine and bent-axis hydraulic motors similar to those used on huge tree harvesters. It’s now lifting 95 kg in testing. ...
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Soaring demand for trees to offset Australia’s emissions

From 50 trees to 2.8 million. That has been the trajectory for Lisa McCreery’s native tree nursery since it was set up 43 years ago by her parents outside Tammin in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt. “Mum started off with 40 or ...
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Monitoring system for sensitive environments

The conservation and restoration of remnant native woodlands and wetlands to enhance biodiversity and ensure the sustainability of habitats is a priority for many agencies. The task, however, of monitoring and reporting on numerous small areas located on private land ...
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Drones – heading towards a futuristic vision

The role of drones is growing rapidly in various industries, including inspection, surveillance and time-critical transport. Fast, long-flying and cost-effective drones can cope with challenging environments. Technological developments and active research open up new avenues for them. Automatic drones are ...
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Drone planting 40,000 tree pods a day

Giant drones are the latest weapon in an ongoing “war” against the introduced African olive tree in southern Sydney. The drones are planting out a steep ridge line in the Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan in Sydney’s south, where ...
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Planting trees outside the normal planting season

Newly published research by Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service into tree planting will provide some welcome solutions to problems foresters and planters are all too familiar with. “The research has enabled us to come up with strategies ...
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Komatsu Forest to acquire Bracke Forest

Komatsu Forest AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Komatsu is going to acquire Bracke Forest AB headquartered in Bräcke, Sweden, a company that develops, manufactures and sells application-specific attachments for silviculture. Komatsu is planning to close the acquisition on 1 ...
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Mobile terrestrial laser scanning of NSW native forests

In 2021, mobile terrestrial LiDAR data and ground-based measurements were collected across 15 native forest plots in coastal NSW as part of a small pilot program. This remotely sensed LiDAR data provides detailed information about forest structure that can give ...
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EPA approves wilding conifer weedkiller

A weedkiller to target wilding conifers has been approved for use in New Zealand, with controls, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) says. Method 240 SL is a herbicide used to control wilding conifers and other woody plants on non-crop farmland, ...
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Ash forests to forests of ash

Desperate efforts to regenerate Victoria’s towering ash forests, which are being regularly decimated by bushfires, involves a dedicated group searching high and low to bank enough seeds for their survival. An icy wind starts to strengthen on the peak of ...
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Development of a remote-controlled scarifier

The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, “Skogforsk”, has received funding to develop a remote-controlled scarifier. The goal is to bring the technology of remote-controlled forest machines closer to reality. The choice of a scarifier for this project is because it’s ...
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Carbon sequestration – how does NZ redwood stack?

New Zealand has committed to a net-zero emissions target by 2050. Carbon uptake by rapid planting of new forests is the only way New Zealand has to remove CO2 from the atmosphere at the speed required to meet our net-zero ...
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AutoPlant – is this going to be planting this year?

In February last year, Forestry.com wrote about the AutoPlant project, an autonomous planting machine. We also covered it in a February 2021 issue of Friday Offcuts. Now, over a year has passed and the planting season is here again. Can ...
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ForestTECH November 2022 details now out

Starting in 2007, every year, over 300 forest resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and technology providers to this part of the industry from throughout Australasia (and more recently, North and South America, Europe and SE ...
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Autonomous pruning: the future of forest management

With anticipated future innovations, this type of technology could be used to support bushfire risk management, improve the economic value of the nation’s timber resource, and overcome occupational health and safety risks. The recently completed report, A review of current ...
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A 6.2m electric drone for forest thinning

Airforestry has been in stealth mode since the start of 2020. But now they finally reveal their pioneering technology for forest management. “We have been working in secret for almost two years and already have paying customers among Europe’s largest ...
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Scientific research station marks 60th anniversary

In New Zealand, a Central Otago scientific research station with a globally revered reputation is marking its 60th anniversary. NIWA’s Lauder Atmospheric Research Station is almost exactly halfway between the equator and the South Pole, about 36 km from Alexandra, ...
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New Forests enters agreement for sale

New Forests, a global investment manager of nature-based real assets and natural capital strategies, last Friday announced Mitsui & Co., Ltd (Mitsui) and Nomura Holdings, Inc (Nomura), have entered into an agreement to purchase a 100% shareholding of New Forests. ...
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First high-resolution global vegetation height map

Using an artificial neural network, researchers at ETH Zurich have created the first high-resolution global vegetation height map for 2020 from satellite images. This map could provide key information for fighting climate change and species extinction, as well as for ...
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NZ Forest Nursery Growers elect new president

At their recent AGM the New Zealand Forest Nursery Growers Assn elected Peter Harington as the incoming president. Peter manages Rotorua Forest Nursery. The NZFNGA look after the interests of the country’s forest nursery sector including; Govt. submissions, training, research, ...
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Autonomous drone swarm flies through forest

An algorithm guides the drones to avoid collision, fly efficiently and as a team. This is part of an experiment led by scientists from Zhejiang University in China. The drone swarm is the first to successfully fly in an uncontrolled ...
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Project to TRIGger more Victorian tree plantings

An exciting new forestry project has been launched to support the integration of more trees on farms in Victoria – helping the state achieve its net zero carbon goals by 2050. Overseen by Forestry Australia, the Trials Review, Information and ...
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Shopify purchases carbon offsets from DroneSeed

Reforestation company DroneSeed has announced its largest sale of offsets to date to Shopify, a leading provider of essential internet infrastructure for commerce, which is on a mission to reverse climate change. As part of the post-fire reforestation, native trees ...
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2021 NZ tree stock sales & forest planting

Following the main winter planting season, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) undertakes an annual survey of tree stocks sold by commercial forestry nurseries in New Zealand. The results are aggregated to produce estimates of total national sales, and then ...
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A single source of information for private forestry

Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is developing a single, centralised database for private forestry information through a national project to collect and collate information about commercial farm plantations, private native forests and Indigenous managed forests around Australia.FWPA’s Chris Lafferty ...
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NASA releases new forest biomass-carbon product

NASA’s GEDI mission has reached a major milestone with the release of its newest data product, which provides the first near-global estimate of aboveground forest biomass and the carbon it stores—filling a key gap in climate research. The data enables ...
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GOES 18 weather satellite launched

Whether it’s wildfires that sweep across the West Coast, storms rolling in from the Pacific Ocean or dense fog that blankets the Pacific Northwest, a new weather satellite will be able to track them all. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
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Rocket Lab catches falling rocket booster

Rocket Lab successfully catch falling rocket booster with a helicopter. Rocket Lab has successfully caught one of its Electron rocket boosters, using a helicopter, as it parachuted back towards the Pacific Ocean after launch.But shortly after the capture, the pilot ...
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Scientists fight to keep Lidar on Space Station

A controversy is brewing between remote sensing scientists and administrators from NASA and the agency’s international partners. The debate centers around how long the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar system will continue to operate from the International Space Station ...
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The Best Consumer Drones for 2022

Drones have become an essential tool for forestry companies over the last decade. Technology continues to evolve and many consumer drones are now incorporating some of the advanced imaging, video stabilisation, control and automated features previously seen in more specialised ...
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The Many Different Faces of Lidar-based Survey Methods

Thanks to sensor miniaturization, laser technology is available for surveying and mapping professionals in many different guises nowadays. This selection of articles highlights the diversity of Lidar as a flexible tool for capturing the environment. From backpacks to handheld scanners ...
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Tech advancements and trials with mechanised planting

The second day of the just-completed ForestTECH 2021/22 event focussed on advancements in automated silviculture with a particular focus on mechanised planting operations – new technology, developing technologies and an insight into results from local forest trials and commercial planting ...
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Early EOI to present at ForestTECH 2022

Despite continued Covid related disruptions to the running of the annual ForestTECH event, ForestTECH 2021-22 ran, albeit virtually as an on-line event on 23-24 February this year. Over 300 delegates from 15 different countries were registered for the event. Feedback ...
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Telstra starts carbon farming to offset emissions

Telecommunications giant Telstra is starting its own carbon farm, growing trees to reduce its emissions. Big polluters that want to move towards net zero emissions need to buy carbon credits to offset what they put into the atmosphere. But not ...
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Autonomous drones fly through forests

Expert human drone pilots have proven incredibly adept at piloting UAV through complex courses at high speeds which are still unmatched by autonomous systems. But researchers at the University of Zurich and Intel Labs are collaborating to change that, and ...
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A prototype forest monitoring framework

From a forest biosecurity perspective, there is growing interest in forest surveillance processes capable of providing information on foliar disease present within the planted estate. Monitoring strategies often rely on aerial surveys to provide this information; they are, however, infrequent ...
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Celebrating tree planting – with a film festival

“Tree planting transforms us. These are our stories.” On 19 March The 2022 virtual Tree Planting Film Festival entitled We Are the Landscape, provided an inside look into what it takes to be a tree planter in Canada, sharing stories ...
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Shopify purchases carbon offsets from DroneSeed

Reforestation company DroneSeed has announced its largest sale of offsets to date to Shopify, a leading provider of essential internet infrastructure for commerce, which is on a mission to reverse climate change. As part of the post-fire reforestation, native trees ...
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The Digital Forester: thoughts from a Canadian forester

Adam Dick is a Science Advisor at the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Canadian Forest Service and joins us from Fredericton. Adam was one of the champions that brought lidar enhanced forest inventory (EFI) to New Brunswick, which has resulted in ...
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Treeswift using drones to monitor forests

Over the past decade, drones have become an increasingly important tool for forest monitoring. They’re a fast and effective way to collect a lot of data in one go, without upsetting the natural balance too much. Formed as a spinoff ...
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Covid – the tipping point for automation?

Critical labour shortages are the catalyst for companies to finally automate and boost our decades-long productivity stagnation On December 19, 2013 a 20-year-old Levin man, Lincoln Kidd, was crushed to death by a falling tree – the 10th forestry worker ...
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Bracke Forest – Mechanised planting and direct seeding machines

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Plantma X forest trials

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Risutec mechanised planting head showcased (2018)

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Risutec mechanised planting head showcased

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Henry Fear contracting – mechanised planting operations

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Manulife Forest Management testing mechanised planting in Kinleith Forest, NZ

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Decisions Powered by Intelligence – Remsoft at ForestTECH

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Motorola Solutions MOTOTRBO™ Ion Smart Radio

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Motorola Solutions – Safety Reimagined

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Government funding for Victorian forestry research

Victoria’s forestry industries are set to benefit from five new research projects funded by the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) centre in Gippsland. Federal Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam, and Victorian Minister for Agriculture Mary ...
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Australia’s forest restoration tactics re-evaluated

• More than 24 million hectares (59 million acres) burned during Australia’s devastating “Black Summer” bushfire season of 2019-2020, which formed part of a confirmed climate change-driven trend of worsening fire weather and larger, more intense forest fires. • Scientists ...
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New Biomass Carbon Monitor launched

The Biomass Carbon Monitor provides global maps of annual change in carbon stocks held in forest biomass Forests and vegetation play a major role in removing CO2 from the atmosphere. The Biomass Carbon Monitor, just launched, is the first geospatial ...
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Geospatial trends & developments

How is the geospatial industry evolving in today’s turbulent times? What are the trends and developments in the sector, and where is the business heading? Read the findings from GIM International’s recent annual industry survey for the answers to these ...
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Monitoring planting using AI and remote sensing

Scion data scientists working with remote sensing experts Indufor have developed a new commercial service to monitor forest establishment and indigenous forest fragments. New Zealand will need to plant forests at unprecedented rates for decades to come if the country ...
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Technology to make Australian forests smarter

The latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat series of podcasts takes a deep dive into some exciting Australian projects focused on the fusion of forestry and technology to help shape and strengthen the forests of the future. Listeners are invited to ...
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Tools For Foresters initiative launches new website

It was quite a fitting week with the Australasian forestry industry celebrating 15 years of ForestTECH, Australasia’s premier annual forest technology conference running on 23-24 February – an event that has enabled and empowered our industry with game changing technology ...
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Changes for Australian forest reporting?

This ABARES Position Paper identifies drivers for change in the mechanism of forest reporting through Australia’s State of the Forests Report (SOFR), including increasing user expectations for access to current forest data, and access to information and analysis in digital, ...
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ForestTECH 2021/22 is now a virtual online event only

The growing outbreak of omicron in New Zealand has resulted in the upcoming ForestTECH 2021/22 moving to a completely virtual online event. It will still be run on 22-23 February 2022 and open to all New Zealanders, Australians and the ...
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The drone industry in 5 years’ time

When I registered the company name Australian UAV in early 2103 the landscape for drone technology was very different to that that we work in today. There were 35 ReOC holders in Australia (at time of writing this article there ...
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New radio technology keeps workers safe and compliant

Otago forestry workers are using new radio technology to manage 23,730 hectares of forest more safely, even enabling them to perform under Covid-19 restrictions. Initially deployed to replace an outdated analogue radio network, the system delivers many additional benefits for ...
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Development of a canopy sampling drone

This video is part of the paper, “Design and Testing of a Novel Unoccupied Aircraft System for the Collection of Forest Canopy Samples,” by researchers from the University of Tasmania and Melbourne’s Victoria University. Funding was provided by FWPA and ...
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Upscaling of Terrestrial Laser Scanning through fusion with remote sensing data

Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) is increasingly being fused with air/spaceborne Lidar to characterise vegetation structure across a range of forest ecosystems. This article explores the potential of this approach to support scaling up for larger areas in practice. TLS is ...
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New biomass mapping tool launched

Mapping the world’s carbon stores is essential for taking stock of the climate crisis. It informs our climate solutions, the emissions targets’ that countries set and so – it goes without saying – the figures need to be as accurate ...
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Longest endurance UAV flight in NZ

Media Release [21 Dec 2021]: Kea Aerospace Achieves Longest Endurance UAV Flight In New Zealand On Sunday 19th December Kea Aerospace has recorded the longest known flight for an unmanned aircraft in New Zealand, in an electric-powered flight above Kaitōrete, ...
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New farm forestry program launched

Tuesday marked the official launch of a new, innovative farm forestry program, Decision Tree, in Bunbury, Western Australia. Decision Tree has been designed to rapidly assess the suitability of farms for plantation forestry, as well as provide information and assistance ...
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UAV’s for collecting forest canopy samples

Last year we detailed a forest canopy sampling tool that was developed by a Canadian company, DeLeaves and is being used operationally, principally in North America and Europe. Suspended under an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the sampling tool is self-powered, ...
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Bushfire spread prediction model now operational

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and the NSW Rural Fire Service have released Australia’s most advanced model for predicting the speed and behaviour of eucalypt forest fires, helping to save lives and property during bushfires. Eucalypts make up more than ...
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Komatsu Planter – LABB

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Glyphosate’s economic and environmental Benefits

Food and pasture growers as well as the forestry industry rely on glyphosate to prevent deep-rooted weeds from taking over their crops and decimating productivity, according to a report by the NZIER on the benefits of glyphosate to New Zealand. ...
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TreeMapper App developed for farm foresters

Private Forests Tasmania and the Forest Practices Authority have developed Treemapper, a farm and forestry property planning app. The ‘Property Planning Mapper’ mobile application will deliver a handful of mapping and calculator tools to provide immediate farm-planning benefit for landowners, ...
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Changes for Australian forest reporting?

This ABARES Position Paper identifies drivers for change in the mechanism of forest reporting through Australia’s State of the Forests Report (SOFR), including increasing user expectations for access to current forest data, and access to information and analysis in digital, ...
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Major study to assess erosion and sediment control

Safeguarding New Zealand’s waterways is the key driver behind a seven-year study into the performance of control practices for reducing erosion and sediment delivered to rivers from forest harvesting. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has partnered with forestry company ...
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Ernslaw One announces NZ forest sales

Ernslaw One and its advisor Cranleigh Partners have announced that Ernslaw has completed an agreement to sell the Whangapoua and Ruatoria forests with a combined area of 15,100 productive hectares to Summit Forests New Zealand Limited. Yong Tiong, Executive Director ...
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ArborGen to sell Australia and NZ assets

Tree seedling company ArborGen has agreed to sell its New Zealand and Australian assets to a consortium led by Hugh Fletcher for $22.25 million. ArborGen is one of the last remnants of the former Fletcher Forests, and has a range ...
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Software unveiled to forecast bushfire damage

Revolutionary Bushfire Management platform leverages multiple data sources and climate change-adjusted fire weather projections to predict rate of bushfire spread and intensity, fuel loads and preparedness levels. The platform has already drawn interest from government agencies and asset owners in ...
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New Videos added to Video Showcase

In the lead up to ForestTECH 2021/22, we will be adding new videos to our ForestTECH News Video Showcase page. This page already has over 50 forest technology videos and is one of our most popular resources. This month we ...
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Planet’s Rapid SkySat Data Enables Effective Regional Bushfire Management In Australia

Civil governments around the world are making sustainable strides in local environmental management; and by using satellite-enabled data, they are able to analyze and support preventative management techniques to protect local communities and ecosystems. For example, Forest Fire Management Victoria, ...
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Stora Enso precision forestry innovations

As part of the eagerly awaited annual forest technology event, two key presenters from the European forestry giant, Stora Enso Oy will be presenting as part of ForestTECH 2021/22. The company is one of the largest private forest owners in ...
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Safe Use of Agrichemicals manual updated

Disease and pest free animals and crops rely on agrichemical use. Pesticides, detergents and sanitisers are a critical component of New Zealand’s NZ$48 billion agricultural sector. The recently released and updated ‘NZS 8409:2021 Management of agrichemicals’ provides guidance for spray ...
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Postponement of ForestTECH 2021 event

After talking to presenters, exhibitors and delegates for this year’s eagerly awaited ForestTECH 2021 event that was planned to run on 23-24 November 2021, it has been agreed to postpone the event for a few months. The uncertainty still around the evolving ...
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On-Demand Webinar: Making Forest Management More Efficient with Planet Solutions

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STA Logger – Tracking weed management

The STA logger is an automated GPS and data logging attachment designed to integrate with your existing weed control tools. ...
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Two pension funds acquire NZ forestry asset

Two European pension funds, APG Asset Management (APG) on behalf of its Dutch pension fund client ABP, and UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF), have agreed to purchase Sinotrans New Zealand Limited’s (Sinotrans NZ) shareholding in Wenita Forest Products Limited (Wenita). ...
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DroneSeed raises US$36 million

DroneSeed has announced it has raised US$36 million in its Series A funding round. The round was led by Social Capital and Seven Seven Six, with participation from new and existing investors. Part of these funds were used to acquire ...
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Using SilviScan technology for climate-impact research

SilviScan is a multifaceted technology comprised of an advanced suite of software and instruments including a cell scanner, x-ray densitometer, and x-ray diffractometer, which are used together to measure wood structure and quality that are most relevant to industry. This ...
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Plan to plant a billion trees yet to take root

In September 2018, the federal government unveiled a plan to radically expand Australia’s timber plantations by one billion trees over a decade. Today, less than 1 per cent of that goal has been planted.  “At this rate, forget hitting the ...
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Dawn joins NZ Gov’t programme to accelerate integration of remotely piloted aircraft

Dawn Aerospace has joined the New Zealand Airspace Integration Trials Programme (AITP). The news was announced yesterday by Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Hon Megan Woods. The AITP’s mission is to: Realise the full potential of New Zealand’s existing ...
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Free US$43m high-resolution imagery now available

In September 2020, the Norwegian Government announced a contract providing public access to high-resolution satellite imagery of tropical forests. Never has the public had open access to satellite imagery with such high spatial and temporal resolution. But what does this ...
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Changes to forestry provisions in the ETS

Amendments to the Climate Change Response Act 2002 in June 2020 delivered a range of improvements to the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). These reforms aim to drive a substantial increase in afforestation, reduce operational complexity and improve ease of ...
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Recognition for bushfire safety contributions

It was an interest in trees, not fires that set CFA Deputy Chief Officer Alen Slijepcevic on a path that led him around the world where he is today found leading the bushfire management portfolio of one of the world’s ...
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EnviroSatTools: A collaborative satellite data workspace

The past 50 years have seen rapid changes across landscapes, with forests and wetlands alike converted for agricultural use or, conversely, re-afforested due to policy or economic drivers. While official land use maps often exist, they only provide a static, ...
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How much data is required for AI?

There are many situations where data is not available in the quantity desired, but you don’t need to wait for the ideal scenario to get started with AI. You can gain valuable insights from AI even when working with limited ...
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Radically different Transwing eVTOL design offers some huge advantages

Southern California’s PteroDynamics has somehow escaped our attention thus far, but this company’s radically different take on the electric VTOL aircraft is well worth a look, and the company claims this will be the most efficient design by far. The ...
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DroneDeploy snaps up NZ robotics company

US-based enterprise drone data company DroneDeploy has acquired Rocos, a New Zealand-based robotics software company, in a move that will allow its customers in construction, energy and agriculture to deploy both aerial and ground robots on job sites. The San ...
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DroneSeed acquires major forestry seed supplier

Driven by Increasing Demand for Reforestation in the Face of Wildfires & Climate Change, Acquisition of Silvaseed Co. Positions DroneSeed as Vertically-Integrated Leader in Reforestation DroneSeed announced that it has acquired Silvaseed Company, a 130 year-old titan in the forestry ...
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Drone based LiDAR services extended with DJI Zenmuse

2021 continues to be a leap forward in drone-based UAV LiDAR at Interpine. To complement their two Emesent Hovermap LiDAR units they have also recently purchased the DJI Zenmuse L1 LiDAR + RGB solution for the DJI Matrice 300 RTK. ...
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Large-scale UAV-Lidar survey in the tropics

With a total length of 2,789km, the Trans-Sumatra Toll Road Project is one of Indonesia’s National Strategic Projects and the longest toll road project in Southeast Asia. In order to keep the project on track for the scheduled completion date ...
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Using drones for early bushfire detection

According to the NSW Fire and Environment Summary, about a quarter of New South Wales’ best koala habitat were burned in the bushfires. Other areas of Australia are also not untouched by this tragedy. In Victoria, bushfires have destroyed koalas ...
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Minimising spray drift in forestry operations

As outlined in a recent issue, this year’s ForestTECH 2021 programme being run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 23-24 November will be built around two main themes. The first is remote sensing, data capture, GIS, mapping and forest inventory technologies ...
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App for bushfire prediction

USC researchers will develop a citizen science app for people living in fire-prone areas to help predict the likelihood of bushfires in Australia and minimise their devastating effects. The University has been awarded an Australian Government Citizen Science Grant of ...
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Ecologists compare accuracy of lidar technologies for monitoring forest vegetation

As light detection and ranging (lidar) technology evolves, forest ecology and ecological restoration researchers have been using these tools in a wide range of applications. “We needed an accounting of relative accuracy and errors among lidar platforms within a range ...
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Scanning the forest from the ground, the air and from space!

For many years, Dr Christine Stone of the NSW Department of Primary Industries has been leading research projects around the use of remote platforms equipped with various types of sensors to capture high-resolution data that will aid forest management. The ...
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CSIRO opens satellite offering for Aussie Earth observation

This will mark the first time Australia has managed its own source of Earth observation data, contributing to the growth of the nation’s space industry.  The satellite can take images of the Earth through all weather conditions, including heavy cloud ...
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UK forestry manager to manage Australian estate

Gresham House is pleased to announce that it will be appointed as asset manager for a 24,800-hectare Australian forestry investment, Green Triangle Forest Products (GTFP), which AXA IM Alts has agreed to acquire, subject to regulatory approval, on behalf of ...
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New entrant secures 24,000 ha of Australian pine

Investment house AXA IM has taken control of 24,000 hectares of pine plantations straddling the border between Victoria and South Australia in a $775 million deal with US fund manager Global Forest Partners, the biggest timber transaction in the country ...
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The Digital Forester Podcast: Murray Woods – Treedimensions

Murray Woods, Principal Consultant at Treedimensions, shares his experiences with and thoughts about airborne, terrestrial and hand-held lidar, single photon lidar, lidar enhanced forest inventories, area-based vs. individual tree-based lidar inventories, best practices for field sampling for lidar inventories, whether ...
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Lidar Crop Classification with Data Fusion and Machine Learning

A recent South African study created crop type maps using Lidar, Sentinel-2 and aerial data along with several machine learning classification algorithms for differentiating four crop types in an intensively cultivated area. Crop type maps are frequently generated using remotely ...
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Mechanised planting technologies being profiled

Editor’s Update: Since posting this story, ForestTECH 2021 has been rescheduled and is now being held on 23-24 February 2022. Last year, for the first time since the ForestTECH series began back in 2007, the annual forestry technology update run ...
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ForestTECH 2021 programme now out

Every year one major forest technology series is run in this region. It’s designed by and for Australasian forestry resource managers, inventory foresters, researchers and tech developers. It’s the one event every year where remote sensing, GIS, mapping and forest ...
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AFRY acquires Simosol Oy to become a global leader in digital forestry

AFRY has acquired Simosol Oy, a Finland-based company that specialises in advanced simulation and optimisation solutions for forest and agricultural assets. The acquisition is in line with AFRY’s ambition to become the global leader in Smart Forestry digital services and ...
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Woodsat wooden satellite completed a successful stratospheric flight

WISA Woodsat wooden satellite completed a successful stratospheric flight on Saturday 12 June 2021, when a test model of the satellite was sent on a flight from Heureka Science Center at Vantaa, Finland. The main purpose of the test flight ...
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AI tool for forestry sequestration attracts backing

Nelson Artificial Intelligence (NAI), a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for thorny environmental challenges, has spun off its first business after securing a NZ$1.8 million investment in technology that gives landowners streamlined access to forest carbon credit markets. Tauranga-based ...
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Additional Workshops for ForestTECH 2021

ForestTECH is this region’s most popular annual independent forestry technology series. This year, in addition to advances being made in remote sensing and forest inventory, like ForestTECH 2020, one of the two days has been set aside to profile the ...
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New foliage sampling tool available

The DeLeaves canopy sampling tool was designed and developed in a research laboratory specializing in aerial robotics at the University of Sherbrooke, back in 2017. Suspended under an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the sampling tool is self-powered, equipped with an ...
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Outsight launches real time LiDAR solution

In a recent launch, Outsight said that they are bringing the power of real-time LiDAR technology to the forestry industry. In an associated media release, they were offering; An automated 3D solution that produces a 360° forest mapping in real ...
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Remote sensing well-suited for tree species detection

Researchers from the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies at the University of Eastern Finland, and from the Finnish Environment Institute, are collaborating in the IBC-Carbon project to develop novel remote sensing methods that can be used explore forest biodiversity ...
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Remote sensing technologies drawing investor attention

Tree-tracking technology is drawing investor attention as the boom in planting pledges to combat climate change highlights a basic problem: how to identify new growth and how healthy it remains. Remote tracking tools using a combination of artificial intelligence, drones ...
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Remote height measurement of seedlings

New, accurate lower limits for measuring tree height have been established using unmanned aerial vehicles. Height is a good indication of how productive (and healthy) a tree is. Height can be measured from the ground, but this can be expensive ...
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World’s first wooden satellite in orbit this year

When we think of old tech in space, we think of the retrofuturism of old sci-fi movies like Star Wars and Alien — their huge 8-bit computers and monochrome screens presented at the time as the height of technology. Seemingly ...
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Global partnerships propel space tech research

New Zealand’s aerospace industry is getting a boost through the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), to grow the capability of the sector and potentially lead to joint space missions, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has announced. 12 New Zealand ...
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Space startup Quasar takes off with CSIRO tech

New Australian space startup Quasar Satellite Technologies is set to revolutionise space communication, allowing ground stations to talk to hundreds of satellites at once using technology developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Over the next decade, more than 57,000 ...
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Australian drone industry update

The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems hosted the RPAS in Australian Skies 2021 conference in March 2021. This was an important event for the industry and continued the discussion on the safe integration of commercial drone in Australia. Bennett+Co has ...
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Australia leading the digital revolution in aviation

The Australian Government is laying the foundations for new jobs in the new frontier of aviation services with the release of the National Emerging Aviation Technologies (NEAT) Policy Statement. As part of the Government’s new Digital Economy Strategy, the statement ...
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Global partnerships propel space tech research

New Zealand’s aerospace industry is getting a boost through the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), to grow the capability of the sector and potentially lead to joint space missions, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has announced. 12 New Zealand organisations ...
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Airbus to test advanced autonomous features on helicopter Flightlab

Airbus is introducing autonomous features to its helicopter Flightlab through a project code-named Vertex. These technologies aim to simplify mission preparation and management, reduce helicopter pilot workload, and further increase safety. The autonomous technology bricks set to integrate the Flightlab ...
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Introducing ‘MO’ – Enabling Continuous Landscape Monitoring

With the introduction of environmental policies comes an increasing need to monitor changes across landscapes. While high revisit satellite data is touted as providing such a solution; it is often difficult to cope with the volumes of data, filter and ...
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Results from early forest fire detection technology

A new camera-based fire detection system has been trialed in Tasmania for the first time by forest management company SFM. The Firehawk system provides real time fire detection allowing for a rapid aerial-based response to potentially threatening bushfire ignitions and ...
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ForestTECH 2021 – Early Expressions of Interest

ForestTECH – What is it? ForestTECH is Australasia’s premier annual forest technology event. It’s being run now for 14 years, principally in New Zealand and Australia. It’s aimed at resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and ...
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How business leaders can tap into the positives of AI

Business leaders faced a topsy-turvy world even before COVID-19 hit. Technological change was bewilderingly rapid, customer attitudes and behaviours were shifting dramatically, political uncertainty was growing and global competition was increasing. The pandemic has turbocharged change to such an extent ...
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The rise of autonomous robots in service industries

Rocos recently hosted a ‘Rise of the Service Robots’ webinar, in partnership with Avanade. Alongside our CEO David Inggs, the panel featured expert speakers from Avanade, Orlando Health and Hello Robot. According to the experts, we’re entering an exciting new ...
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Making It Work: Forestry data firm branches into mobile technology

Treemetrics, the Cork-based forestry data company, has launched a new remote valuation tool for private forest owners in partnership with Arboreal, an iPhone app developer in Sweden. Enda Keane, Treemetrics’ co-founder and chief executive, said the company had developed technology ...
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A digital forest? The future is coming!

What if technologies could be installed permanently within forest environments? And what if this enabled our forests to function like ‘smart cities’, where equipment is continuously used to support optimal management of the surroundings? The latest episode of the WoodChat ...
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Bushfire detection – within one minute of ignition

Imagine a system that could detect any bushfire in Australia within minutes of ignition so firefighters could tackle the blaze before it spreads. Recently, an important development on the road to this future: a Queensland-based company, Fireball, announced the first ...
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Six questions about 6G

All mainstream network operators in New Zealand are steadily deploying 5G across the country. While we explore the scale of innovation and growth that 5G offers in almost all sectors of life, researchers around the world are already working on ...
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Mapping native forest using deep learning

In this article, we introduce a deep learning pipeline that extracts information from high-resolution aerial data. The solution extends our current machine learning processes that use an object-based approach for identifying tree seedlings using data captured by a cessna-mounted imaging ...
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Roll out of NZ’s National Elevation Programme

A National Elevation Programme currently being carried out by Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) in partnership with Regional Councils aims to make available a consistent, high quality baseline elevation dataset for all of New Zealand within the ...
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The world generated 64.2 zettabytes of data last year – but where did it all go?

Humans and computers generated more than 64 zettabytes of data in 2020 – that’s the equivalent of 6.4 trillion gigabytes or simply put, more images or videos than the average person takes in their lifetime. Such a massive figure not ...
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Recent Trends in Four Lidar Technologies

Lidar technology is synonymous with 3D point clouds. What are the latest trends for the four most popular Lidar platforms, and how are the developments benefiting end users of the point cloud data? Within the spatial industry there are four ...
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Skydio Named as CES 2021 Best of Innovation

Skydio, the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, today announced that Skydio X2 has received the CES® 2021 Best of Innovation Award for Drones and Unmanned Systems. The announcement was made ahead of the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021, the world’s most ...
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Ford Ranger goes fully-autonomous

An Australian mining group has advanced the future of mobility (in mining at least) with the deployment of a fleet of fully-autonomous Ford Rangers at one of its mines. Fortescue Metals Group has retrofitted four Rangers at its Christmas Creek ...
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DroneSeed picks up major accolade

DroneSeed, the innovative drone planting company that has presented at the last two ForestTECH events and has undertaken operational trials in forests a number of local locations, has been recognised by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies ...
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The forestry shows in 2021 – What´s up?

Fortunately, a full series of technology events and shows are being planned in Australasia by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). A full list of events can be found on the FIEA website. This week, Rotorua hosted the annual MobileTECH ...
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Updated wood availability forecasts in progress

Margules Groome, on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), are currently undertaking the 2020 update to the New Zealand wood availability forecasts (WAF). These forecasts build on the National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) data, provided by ...
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Modelling for forest operation improvement

Through a combination of predictive algorithms, prescriptive optimization-based modelling, and a live operational planning system, artificial intelligence (AI) can enable continuous improvement throughout the forestry supply chain and provide real competitive advantage in fast-changing markets. Global industries are benefiting from ...
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UNSW Canberra Space launches world-leading CubeSat satellites

UNSW Canberra Space’s M2 CubeSat satellites successfully launched with Rocket Lab’s ‘They Go Up So Fast’ mission from New Zealand earlier today, representing a significant step forward in Australia’s sovereign space capabilities. The M2 mission, a collaboration between UNSW Canberra Space ...
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Starlink’s new satellite broadband service pricing revealed for NZ and AU

Starlink is a much-anticipated satellite internet service scheduled to launch for New Zealand and Australian customers later this year. Its aim is to bring affordable, broadband-equivalent data speeds to anyone, no matter where they are located around the world. This ...
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Euro $2m to develop autonomous planting machine

Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, together with the forest industry and researchers, invests 20 million SEK (approx. 2 million EURO) on development of an autonomous planting system, the Autoplant. The project is expected to improve forest planting with regard to precision, ...
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Input requested to forest inventory metrics survey

Invitation for a short survey for academic research surrounding forest inventory metrics and capture. RMIT University, located in Melbourne Australia, is currently conducting a short, anonymous survey surrounding the current requirements and challenges associated with the collection of forest inventory ...
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From tanks to robotic tree planters

Robots help us in many ways – from assembly lines to looking after the elderly. Now they’re turning their attention to combating climate change by helping to plant trees. Milrem Robotics, an Estonian company which started off building autonomous tanks, ...
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Fresh insights from new global forest carbon maps

Forests are crucial for global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change. As the global community works out what to prioritize in this quest against catastrophe, figuring out which forests are gaining and losing carbon – and why – is an ...
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Bushfire prediction tech to help emergency response

Australia will develop a nationally consistent bushfire modelling and prediction capability under an agreement announced between CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and AFAC, the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services. The partnership involves the development of Spark Operational, a ...
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New satellite data partnership between UP42 and CatConnect 60

Germany’s UP42 has announced that data from the planned Australian LatConnect 60 satellite constellation will be available on its geospatial marketplace platform. Perth-based LatConnect 60 intends to launch a constellation of mid-inclined orbit remote sensing satellites in early 2022. The ...
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NZ tech sector struggling to get enough staff

New Zealand’s tech sector is struggling to get enough skilled staff despite strong job growth and thousands of new tech jobs being created every year, a new survey says. The Kiwi economy is being seriously restricted by a digital skills ...
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Trimble Forestry Announces Integration of LIMS and CFX

Trimble Forestry announced recently that its widely used Log Information Management System (LIMS) now integrates seamlessly with the Connected Forest™ Xchange (CFX). The integration allows load ticket information from LIMS to sync to the cloud-based CFX portal, which can be ...
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ForestTECH’s Video Showcase section hit 50 videos

A hidden gem within the ForestTECH website is our Video Showcase section. This section highlights new technologies and innovations related to forest managememnt. We are always on the lookout for videos that interest our readers and we now have 50 ...
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NOAA Awards Black Swift Technologies Contract to Develop GPS-Denied Navigation

NOAA has awarded Black Swift Technologies (BST) a contract to develop GPS-denied navigation, enabling Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for drones in GNSS-denied environments. With nearly 95,000 miles of domestic coastline, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey faces a daunting ...
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FAA approved first company to use drones without human operators on-site

American Robotics, a leading developer of fully-automated commercial drone systems, today became the first company approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate automated drones without human operators on-site. The company’s Scout System™ features advanced acoustic Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) technology ...
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Wooden you know it – wooden satellites

The space age was built on clever materials. The business ends of rocket engines are composed of Inconel, a family of heat-and-corrosion-resistant nickel-chromium alloys developed in the 1940s. The “gold foil” adorning many satellites is, in fact, a form of ...
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DJI blacklisted by US Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce has blacklisted DJI. The world’s largest drone manufacturer has been added to the agency’s “Entity” list along with 76 other companies, including other Chinese technology companies and research institutions. As tensions between the U.S. and ...
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Planet’s New Rapid Revisit Satellite Platform

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Hovermap for Forestry

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Bracke Forest World leader in forest regeneration

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Bushfire Fuel Load Mapping using LiDAR

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Integrating forest operations planning into the cloud

Remsoft, a forestry planning and optimization software leader, is partnering with Safe Software FME Certified data integration specialists Locus and Consortech to automate data integration in the Remsoft Operations Cloud. Forest product companies often work within multiple systems, spreadsheets, and ...
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Mechanical planting trials show promise

At the end of last year, well over 300 tree crop managers, establishment foresters and remote sensing specialists attended or came in remotely for the ForestTECH 2020 event that was held in Rotorua, New Zealand. In it, for the first ...
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Dawn Aerospace licensed to fly NZ’s first spaceplane

In a world-first, the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted Dawn Aerospace an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate to fly a suborbital spaceplane from a conventional airport. Authorised under Civil Aviation Rule Part 102, Dawn is setting a new ...
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Aerometrex: How large scale LIDAR supports forest management

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ForestTECH 2020 – Event Summary

A Record Global Turnout In the lead up to ForestTECH 2020, most within the industry would have thought that it would have been a very hard (in fact, nigh near impossible) task to get forestry resource and tree crop managers ...
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Bushfire fuel load mapping using airborne lidar

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Introducing ‘MO’ – Enabling Continuous Landscape Monitoring

With the introduction of environmental policies comes an increasing need to monitor changes across landscapes. While high revisit satellite data is touted as providing such a solution; it is often difficult to cope with the volumes of data, filter and ...
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NZ company’s solar-power drone to rethink aerial imaging

A solar-powered, unmanned aircraft is being developed in Christchurch, New Zealand in the hope it will be a game changer for the aerial imaging industry. Kea Aerospace is developing the Kea Atmos aircraft, which has a wingspan of 32m and ...
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German IoT start-up wants to help prevent forest fires

Dryad Networks is prepping an IoT network of sensors connected via a solar-powered wireless mesh for deployment in forests as an early warning system to detect fires. A German start-up wants to use IoT sensors and a wireless-mesh network to ...
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Australian drone registration site now open

CASA’s drone registration site is now open and if you operate drones for any purpose other than just for fun, you must register them by 28 January 2021. This applies to all drones that you fly to provide any type ...
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Wildfire meteorology: Drones proving their worth

Drones becoming a useful tool in wildfire meteorology, the effort to understand weather that leads to fire risk. As wildfires continue to rage across vast swaths of the western United States, researchers are developing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles ...
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Robots take flight to improve forestry

Much has been reported on the development and advancements of local research efforts into robotics and automated data capture for forest operations. Elsewhere, USA-based company Treeswift provides an example of how researchers in other parts of the world are embracing ...
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Linking Planet imagery with a plantation monitoring system

One benefit of high-revisit satellites is their ability to re-image the same location daily or weekly. In this example, we use temporal satellite observations (2016 to 2020) to track drought impact, using PlanetScope imagery to confirm the change. Working with ...
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Fighting wildfires with drones

As wildfires continue to ravage vast swaths of land across the western United States unmanned aerial vehicle operators are stepping up to provide critical services, acting as eyes in the skies in support of firefighting teams on the ground. Flying ...
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World’s first solution for bushfire fuel load mapping

Editors Note: Aerometrex is also a sponsor of ForestTECH 2020 and will present this exciting new innovation in detail at the conference. Aerometrex has just announced that it’s developed a new technology that can determine, in three dimensions, the exact ...
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Tracking and counting seedlings using AI in a forestry nursery

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Autonomous drones from half a world away

Emesent is an innovative Australian data analytics and drone autonomy start-up. The company presented at last year’s ForestTECH 2019 event and will again be presenting at this years ForestTECH 2020 event scheduled to run on 18-19 November. Soon after last ...
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Lim Geomatics makes list of fastest-growing companies

Lim Geomatics has been included among the winners of the 32nd annual Growth List. The definitive ranking of Canada’s fastest-growing companies was announced on 15 October and is compiled by Canadian Business and Maclean’s magazine. Winners are chosen based on ...
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Satellites could soon map every tree on Earth

An analysis of satellite images has pinpointed individual tree canopies over a large area of West Africa. The data suggest that it will soon be possible, with certain limitations, to map the location and size of every tree worldwide. Terrestrial ...
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Webinar Series: Monitor your forests with high frequency, global imagery

Planet has released a two-part how-to webinar series to demonstrate two key use cases that Planet data is used for in forest management. The first part covers how to efficiently digitize boundaries of harvested timber areas and the second video ...
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Tree planting App launches crowdfunding campaign

A Kickstarter campaign to empower everyday people to become a part of the global effort against climate change was launched in New Zealand this week. TreeTime, a new tree planting non-profit enterprise, is developing an innovative app which will utilise ...
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A turning point in tropical forest monitoring

Brazil is a nation of superlatives. It is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and home to the largest rainforest, the largest freshwater preserve, and a quarter of the world’s species. It also one of the world’s ...
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Nine SuperDoves for next Rocket Lab launch

Editors Update: Rocket Lab successfully launched on 28 October 2020 (see a video of the launch below). Planet’s next scheduled launch of Flock 4e’, a total of 9 SuperDoves on Rocket Lab’s Electron, is currently planned for the first half ...
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Automatic modelling of tree species

A group of international scientists from New Zealand and Singapore is collaborating on a three-year project, funded by MBIE, to use data science and remote sensing to automatically model and analyse tree species and their interactions with environment. Singapore, the ...
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New drone technology promises a 5-minute recharge

Twelve months ago, ultra-fast charging (UFC) pioneer, StoreDot, achieved a world first with its partner BP by successfully fully-charging a two-wheeled electric vehicle in just 5 minutes. Today, the company is launching its award-winning UFC technology for the drone industry, ...
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GDC drones prove worth

Drones have become a valuable asset for the Gisborne District Council. with three machines proving their worth several times over. Use of the drones has grown extensively over the three years since the council got its first machine, says council ...
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Australia re-enters the space race

Update: The rockets successfully launched on Saturday 19 September 2020. South Australia’s west coast will roar with the sound of rocket launches this week, as start-up Southern Launch begins its test program with two sub-orbital rockets. It will be a ...
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The Ban on Chinese Drones, Part 2: What Happens Next?

In all likelihood the use of Chinese-made drones and Chinese-made drone components by federal agencies will soon be banned. An amendment, which Representative Mike Gallagher, Republican from Wisconsin added to the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal ...
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Automated harvesting with robots in the forest

FPInnovations is moving full speed ahead with its automated-harvesting project to usher in a new era of  forestry machinery with an eye to one day operating fully autonomous machines. Much of the forestry equipment in use dates from designs that originated ...
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Aerial tree planting systems being showcased

ForestTECH is this region’s most popular annual independent forestry technology series. This year, in addition to advances being made in remote sensing and forest inventory, for the first time, one of the two days has been set aside to profile ...
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OneFortyOne announces CEO appointment

OneFortyOne is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Giles Knopp as Chief Executive Officer, effective 21 September 2020. Prior to this announcement Andy has been a key member of OneFortyOne’s executive team since 2016 and will step into the ...
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Australia’s new drone laws require registration

Drone owners in Australia will soon need to register their aircrafts under laws first introduced back in 2019. With drones increasing in popularity in recent years, Australia’s aviation regulator, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), has introduced new measures designed to ...
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Boost for technology to detect wildfires

Inventors of a system which can detect bushfires in minutes will share in more than AU$5 million from the Morrison Government to roll out the technology here at home and overseas. Australia’s Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews ...
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UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

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 ...
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Mechanised tree planting technologies profiled

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 ...
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Funding for VR Forestry planning tool

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 ...
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Linda Sewell steps down from OFO

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 ...
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Argentina to launch new forest monitoring satellite

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 ...
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Monitoring National forest change in cloudy environments

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 ...
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Dawn Aerospace unveils their new spaceplane

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 ...
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Three additional workshops for ForestTECH 2020

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 ...
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ForestTECH 2020 – it’s ON!

Every year, since 2007, forestry resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters, researchers and key technology suppliers from across Australasia attend the forestry technology series, ForestTECH. It’s now well and truly established itself on the international forestry ...
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An aerial view: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems for Forestry Operations

“A pixel is worth 1024 bits”! Captured from the right perspective, every forest manager now sees aerial images as essential in their toolkit! Converting the data bits from a drone or a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) to actionable information ...
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Anafi USA drone flies 32x zoom 4K video

Parrot has launched ANAFI USA, a new drone designed for first responders and enterprise professionals. Parrot’s next-generation drone offers 32x zoom, thermal imaging, a ruggedized airframe, and advanced data security ANAFI USA is a powerful drone built to meet the demands of ...
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Russia launches major drone testing project

In an effort to jump-start a drone economy, Russia is investing millions to boost UAS infrastructure. International Aero Navigation Systems received $7.15 million from Russia’s National Technological Initiative Fund to “accommodate UAS flight design and certification testing [at a] UAS ...
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Drones monitoring experimental burns

A couple of weeks ago we included a story on six experimental burns of gorse scrub in the Rakaia Gorge, New Zealand carried out by Scion’s rural fire research team. They were part of a set of experiments to test ...
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Planet partnership to provide daily satellite imagery

Having introduced the use of the Planet Satellite Imagery to the forestry sector in 2017, Interpine has announced that they have extended their capability by partnering with Planet to offer support and ease of access to high-frequency, high-resolution satellite imagery. ...
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AUAV and Uaviation announce merger

AUAV has announced the merger with another leading Australian drone services business, Uaviation. Uaviation have been operating in Victoria since 2013 and have a strong client base that aligns well with the AUAV business. AUAV, already a dominant drone services ...
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New LiDAR technology set to change forest inventory

Interpine has recently purchased the Emesent Hovermap LiDAR simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) solution to better serve the company’s clients. “We’ve been using Hovermap technology in a series of forestry trials since late 2019 combined with our own customised deep ...
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Improving descriptions of plantations and small woodlots

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 ...
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Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

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” ...
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Can AR/VR pull in future talent?

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 ...
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Microsoft Launching New Zealand Data Centre

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 ...
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Australian forest resource inventory data sought

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 ...
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LiDAR mapping contract awarded by NZ Councils

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 ...
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ForestX and CollectiveCrunch join forces

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. ...
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TracPlus announces NZ$5m investment

TracPlus has successfully closed a significant funding round with New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm, Movac, investing NZ$5m. TracPlus offers real-time tracking, communication and integrated solutions for those in the critical services sectors, including First Responders, Firefighting, Utilities, Military ...
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What Impact Will BVLOS Have on Drone Use?

As increasing numbers of geospatial professionals realize the potential for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in drone applications, the topic has become an important discussion point across the industry. Here, we ask Pierre-Alain Marchand, Regulatory Compliance Manager at senseFly, how BVLOS will affect unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use in ...
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Remotely operated robot herds NZ sheep

In recent tech events run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association we’ve profiled world leading robotics technologies that are being developed by US-based robotics company, Boston Dynamics. Their “dog-like” Spot robot can now be remotely controlled from anywhere in the ...
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Remote sensors to protect endangered bird

The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, distinguished by its size and its wedge-shaped tail, is a much-loved species. Preying on reptiles, birds and mammals, across a wide range of habitats, from the coast to highland areas, this majestic bird defends large territories, ...
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Tree planting drones working on forest restoration

On land north of Toronto that previously burned in a wildfire, drones are hovering over fields and firing seed pods into the ground, planting native pine and spruce trees to help restore habitat for birds. Flash Forest, the Canadian start-up ...
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Model for forest growth during climate change

Joseph J Landsberg, Richard H Waring and Nicholas C Coops share the 2020 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for a model to predict forest growth in a changing climate. Satellite imagery offers the possibility to scale up the model to show how ...
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NZ drone company goes into liquidation

A New Zealand-based drone company that established a foothold in the United States has gone into liquidation. Altus Unmanned Aerial Solutions International Ltd designed and assembled drones, combining ruggedness with cutting-edge technology, in Hastings. It went into liquidation following a ...
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New technology to predict wood quality

The latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat podcast, focuses on the development of new technology, allowing growers to easily and affordably assess wood quality across their resources. The researchers have been using technologies known as IML-RESI and eCambium, to develop processes ...
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ForestTECH 2020 – Early Expressions of Interest

This is the first call for expressions of interest to present at this year’s November series of ForestTECH 2020. ForestTECH – what is it? Forestry resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters, researchers and key technology suppliers ...
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Entel AI and DataRobot use AI to fight forest fires

Climate change and catastrophic weather phenomena dominated much of the global headlines in 2019, with devastating reports of earthquakes, hurricanes, and other powerful forces of nature destroying homes and lives. Some of the starkest images were those of raging wildfires ...
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App to visualize & interpret spatial data for forest planning

The Intelligent GeoSolutions (IGS) team at the University of Maine’s Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CRSF) has released a free interactive mapping tool, the Forest Ecosystem Status a … Trends (ForEST) app, to provide online decision support to private and ...
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What is Airborne Hyperspectral Imaging?

Been wanting to know more about Airborne Hyperspectral Imaging? To appreciate the significance of airborne hyperspectral imaging, Analytik has created an informative video to understand what hyperspectral imaging is, and how it works. Airborne Hyperspectral Imaging (or Remote Sensing) collects and ...
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NASA’s new global groundwater maps

NASA researchers have developed new satellite-based, weekly global maps of soil moisture and groundwater wetness conditions and one to three-month U.S. forecasts of each product. While maps of current dry/wet conditions for the United States have been available since 2012, ...
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Part 2 – How to leverage constant monitoring and in-field analysis

The ability to not only monitor in-field stress but also to try and predict where the stress might spread has always been a key piece of information for any forestry manager or farmer. By leveraging Planet’s satellite fleet it has ...
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Drone Dictionary — Essential Terms Every Pilot Should Know

Whether you’re a seasoned UAV pilot or an aspiring operator looking to take to the skies, there is always something new to learn about piloting and operating drones. To help all you seasoned professionals and newcomers alike, Waypoint has collected ...
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CollectiveCrunch gets €500K to expand its forestry technology

The Finnish-German startup CollectiveCrunch has received €500K funding from the European Space Agency (ESA) to further develop its one-of-a-kind AI, Linda Forest, and bring its service to new markets. ESA will contribute 50% of the overall cost, as the total ...
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Australia to introduce drone registration & accreditation

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has announced that drone registration and accreditation will soon become a requirement to fly a drone unless you are in a CASA-verified model airfield and your drone weighs less than 250 grams. In a ...
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Tech leap: LiDAR scanner in new iPad

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 ...
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2020 Drone Industry Predictions: Experts Weigh In – and Disagree

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 ...
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Subterranean uses for LiDAR: Cave Surveys

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

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

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Surveying seedlings for precision forestry

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 ...
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Helicopter drone for fighting forest fires

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. ...
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Young scientist wins grant to develop drone

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 ...
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Contract to identify NZ forest loss using AI

Wellington technology start-up Lynker Analytics has been selected by New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment (the Ministry) to lead a consortium including UAV Mapping NZ and Carbon Forest Services to inventory the extent of forest loss in New Zealand during ...
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Climate right for raising tech funds

Startups are capitalising on renewed interest in environmental solutions after Australia’s bushfires brought climate change to the front of investors’ minds.  “We’ve got a problem in front of us. If we don’t act, it will get worse. Where there’s a problem, there’s ...
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Drone technology is being developed in Canberra to fight bushfires

An army of drones could protect Australia from bushfires and help in alpine search and rescue efforts if a collaboration between the University of Canberra and technical engineering firm Tactical Research Pty Ltd gets funding. For 18 months the teams ...
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