Re­mote sens­ing chang­ing the way forests are man­aged

ForestTECH 2015 cov­ers it all

Australian Forests and Timber - - CONFERENCES -

WITH­OUT DOUBT, re­mote sens­ing over the last two years has made the most pro­found im­pact on how foresters are plan­ning and man­ag­ing their for­est es­tates. Around 300 tech­ni­cal foresters at­tended the ForestTECH 2014 event that ran in Aus­tralia and New Zealand late last year.

The tech­nol­ogy se­ries pro­filed; new de­vel­op­ments in re­mote sens­ing and an­a­lyt­i­cal tools for forestry com­pa­nies, the op­er­a­tional use of air­borne and ter­res­trial LiDAR and its in­te­gra­tion into for­est in­ven­tory and plan­ning sys­tems, de­vel­op­ments in new satel­lite im­agery and re­cent re­sults from UAV tri­als col­lect­ing high-res­o­lu­tion spa­tial datasets for forestry com­pa­nies.

This year, ForestTECH 2015 has been de­signed to cover how lo­cal forester’s best han­dle the in­creas­ing vol­umes of data be­ing col­lected out in the field. A stag­ger­ing 90% of the world’s data for ex­am­ple has been gen­er­ated in just the last 18 months. New data col­lec­tion tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing satel­lite im­agery, UAV plat­forms, air­borne and ter­res­trial LiDAR, har­vester in­for­ma­tion, in­field sen­sors and im­proved field data col­lec­tion and re­port­ing are in­creas­ingly be­ing in­tro­duced to forestry op­er­a­tions.

Ad­vanced and faster pro­cess­ing sys­tems are re­quired to han­dle “big data” with the in­for­ma­tion now be­ing made avail­able, of­ten in real time, to mul­ti­ple users. Speedy de­vel­op­ment of dig­i­tal gad­gets like smart­phones and tablets and im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity has changed how forestry com­pa­nies are col­lect­ing and man­ag­ing data to im­prove their op­er­a­tions. Forestry apps and the de­vel­op­ment of mo­bile forestry ap­pli­ca­tions con­tinue to rise ex­po­nen­tially – from mea­sure­ment of wood vol­umes out in the field through to sched­ul­ing and lo­gis­tics of wood flows.

ForestTECH 2015 will pro­vide you and your or­gan­i­sa­tion with the tech­nol­ogy and con­tacts needed to make the next big step in your busi­ness!

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