FWPA project

Australian Forests and Timber - - Forest Tech 17 -

This VR Forestry project is part of the FWPA PNC326-131 project, “De­ploy­ment and in­te­gra­tion of cost-ef­fec­tive high res­o­lu­tion re­motely sensed data for the Aus­tralian for­est in­dus­try” which is led by Dr Chris­tine Stone (NSW DPI –Forestry) and Dr. Jon Os­born (UTAS Se­nior Lec­turer in Sur­vey­ing and Spa­tial Sciences).

The team con­sists of re­searchers from:

• For­est Sci­ence, NSW Depart­ment of In­dus­try, Lands & Forestry

• NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries

• Ge­og­ra­phy and Spa­tial Sciences, School of Land and Food, Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia

• Hu­man In­ter­face Tech­nol­ogy Lab­o­ra­tory (HIT Lab) Australia, School of En­gi­neer­ing & ICT, Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia

• Aus­tralian Cen­tre of Field Ro­bot­ics, Univer­sity of Syd­ney

• Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion of NSW

• Forestry Tas­ma­nia

• Aus­tralian UAV

• Tim­ber­lands Pa­cific

The ob­jec­tive of this VR Forestry project is to eval­u­ate the po­ten­tial of vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy for re­mote cruis­ing of in­di­vid­ual Pi­nus Ra­di­ata trees from dense point clouds. On­go­ing work:

• The de­vel­op­ment of a VR soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion with the fol­low­ing fea­tures:

• Ren­der­ing very dense 3D point cloud data and pro­vide an im­mer­sive 3D VR en­vi­ron­ment for vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of that dense point cloud data (demon­strated at ForestTECH NZ & AU 2017)

• Demon­strate the capability for users to di­rectly mea­sure tree pa­ram­e­ters such as tree height and stem di­am­e­ter (par­tially demon­strated at ForestTECH 2017)

• Demon­strate the capability for users to vis­ually qual­ity-as­sure stem seg­men­ta­tion data from au­to­matic seg­men­ta­tion soft­ware (to be demon­strated at Forestry Point Clouds Work­shop on De­cem­ber 8-9, 2017 at HIT Lab in Launce­s­ton, Tas­ma­nia)

• De­velop rec­om­men­da­tions for fu­ture re­search and de­vel­op­ment

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