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LiDAR – seeing the forest for the trees

LiDAR – seeing the forest for the trees

Seeing the #forest for the #trees, explore and #visualize #LiDAR in #3D of your forest and see how the #data provides estimates of forest #yield. https://goo.gl/cCwHaA Share this link with your teams and help foresters understand the ability of LiDAR to describe the...

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ForestTech 2017 – Drones in the Forestry Sector

ForestTech 2017 – Drones in the Forestry Sector

Great to see safety is a big focus for #uav #drone use in the #forestry sector. #Timberlands Forest Engineer Hazel Swanson talking about practical benefits of drones for forest engineering after the last 6 months putting drones to work in the forest, and the...

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Forest LiDAR – What Are We Looking At

So what are LiDAR point clouds? Our team look at and analyze this type of data to regenerate estimates of forest yield. But not many foresters actually get to look and see the detail behind all the numbers. Want to enjoy the fascination and immerse yourself in a...

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UAV / Drones in Forestry – Reaching for a New Perspection

UAV / Drones in Forestry – Reaching for a New Perspection

​Because of the scale involved in forestry, both time and area, mathematics has always been heavily employed so foresters can take samples and calculate averages or make predictions on the growth or yield of their crop. With the advent of increasingly usable and...

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Using Drones for Pest Management – a possibility

Students at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology have worked with Interpine to look at potential of #UAV / #Drones and remote sensing to help with pest control operations. UAVs flown over forests and remnant bush sites, particularly those not currently receiving any...

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Potential of Using UAV / Drones for Pest Control ?

Potential of Using UAV / Drones for Pest Control ?

​Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and remote image sensing cameras have considerable potential for use in pest control operations. UAVs equipped with remote sensing cameras could be flown over forests and remnant bush sites, particularly those not currently receiving...

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UAV’s Useful in Woodchip Stocktakes

UAV’s Useful in Woodchip Stocktakes

Our UAV team making the #pulp #paper #industry more efficient through more timely #volumetric #stock takes with #Drones / #UAV "Use of UAV’s for quantifying our stock pile volumes has been a great step forward in a timely and more accurate process wood fiber...

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PlotSafe in Virtual Reality

PlotSafe in Virtual Reality

Assessing / cruising plantation pine recoverable volume by logtype (MARVL PlotSafe Assessment) in virtual reality. Yielding the potential of highly dense point cloud data from #UAV based LiDAR, Bruce Hill our senior operations manager trialed tree measurement and...

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Improved Energy Efficiencies through Thermal Imagery

Improved Energy Efficiencies through Thermal Imagery

Great to see example of further application of our teams #Drones / #UAVworking to provide efficiencies in the wood processing sector. Here is a unique aerial perspective at an industrial site survey using #Thermal#Infrared cameras; providing insights for developing...

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ForestTech 2017

ForestTech 2017

Registration is now open for Interpine and rapidlasso 's #ForestTech 2017 #LiDAR in #Forestry workshops in either Rotorua & Melbourne 17 & 23 Nov respectively. Numbers are limited due to venue and computer availability so get in quickly if you are interested....

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Get you Wings – Drone Training Course

Get you Wings – Drone Training Course

Our #UAV / #Drone Team providing another great training course for the #UAV / #Drone training intake for Aug 2017. A group of 11 foresters, including staff from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Ministry for Primary Industries, Hancocks Forest Management, Forest...

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3D Printing – New Opportunities for Viewing Data

3D Printing – New Opportunities for Viewing Data

Our Remote Sensing team are constantly immersing ourselves in 3D modelling from our rich #LiDAR datasets. #3Dprinting technology brings this from the screen to the table. Meet our miniature model of White Island Volcano in New Zealand. Getting #LiDAR data adopted is...

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Using Drones / UAV for 3D Modelling Forest Tree Structure

Using Drones / UAV for 3D Modelling Forest Tree Structure

The Interpine #UAV #Drone continue to innovate around the use of structure from motion 3D modelling. In this case we show some examples of modelling tree structure and resulting stem volume / form, which are important in the forest yield modelling calculations. Doing...

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Investigating Tree Structure from 3D Modelling

Investigating Tree Structure from 3D Modelling

The Interpine #UAV #Drone continue to innovate around the use of structure from motion 3D modelling. In this case we show some examples of modelling tree structure and resulting stem volume / form, which are important in the forest yield modelling calculations. Doing...

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Plantation Estate – LiDAR Capture

Plantation Estate – LiDAR Capture

NZ Forestry Sector Collaborates in Capturing 532,000ha of the Plantation Estate with #LiDAR Remote Sensing. Interpine Innovation is currently around 50% through the LiDAR capture of 532,000ha of plantation forest in New Zealand. It’s a collaborative project that...

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Rise of the Forest Drones; HarvestTech 2017 Conference

Rise of the Forest Drones; HarvestTech 2017 Conference

Rise of the #forest #drones; Interpine's UAV team leader spoke recently at the FIEA HarvestTech 2017 conference in Rotorua. With of 450 delegates hearing about operational implementation and future opportunities that will see improvements in the way harvest...

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Forest and Rural Fire Association Annual Conference 2017

Interpine's General Manager and Lake Okareka Rural Fire Force Deputy Station Officer FENZ Rural, David Herries will be providing insights into use #UAV #Drones during 2016/17 #fire season at #FRFANZ (#UFBA) conference 1-4 August 2017 in Auckland. After successfully...

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Adopting UAV Technology into Forestry – HarvestTech2017

Adopting UAV Technology into Forestry – HarvestTech2017

"rise of the #forest #drones" Interpine's UAV team leader spoke recently at the FIEA HarvestTech 2017 conference in Rotorua. With of 450 delegates hearing about operational implementation and future opportunities that will see improvements in the way harvest...

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STICKS at HarvestTech 2017

STICKS at HarvestTech 2017

Benefiting from machine information. Ian Wilson, Interpine's Harvesting Servies Manager recently presented at HarvestTech 2017 in Rotorua. Ian profiled the StanForD information which can provide a wealth of information on machine operating for the harvest contractor....

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Forest Canopy Mapping – what can be achieved

Forest Canopy Mapping – what can be achieved

We often get asked about the extent in which a drone can map a #forest, how large is too large? It often comes down to careful planning and processing to help answer this question, and every scenario can be different. Here is an example of 533ha of forest mapped using...

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A New Way to Distribute Seedlings

A New Way to Distribute Seedlings

Interpine's UAV team preparing for the upcoming radiata pine planting season across our plantations in New Zealand. Targeting to ease the distribution of #forest #seedlings for #planting with our #UAV / #Dronestechnology. Distribution of planting boxes to those that...

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Forestry is always Interesting

Forestry is always Interesting

Everyday at Interpine we reflect on the interesting places our jobs as #foresters take us around the world. Visiting different but similar forests and cultures.

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Forest Harvester System Management Workshop in Rotorua 2017

Forest Harvester System Management Workshop in Rotorua 2017

​#Forest #harvester system management through Interpine's ForestPHD #STICKS Cloud Service. We are hosting an industry user workshop today at @ToiOhomai Forestry School in Rotorua. With some 20 million m3 of wood supply in STICKS over the last couple of years, 58,000+...

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Weed Mapping for Hydro Lakes

Weed Mapping for Hydro Lakes

Our #UAV / #Drone team monitoring invasive weed at New Zealand's #Hydro lakes, helping reduce the disruption to our power supply using #NIR(near infrared) imagery and the skills of GIS team for semi-automated classification for management of this risk to power...

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Training Your Forest Supervisors to Use UAV / Drones

Training Your Forest Supervisors to Use UAV / Drones

Great to be training another set of 10 #Forestry #Supervisors this last week deploying the #DJI #MavicPro #Phantom4bringing #UAV / #Drones / RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) to be a regular tool being used by our field foresters with our Forest #Industry here...

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Achieving your UAV Civil Aviation Authority CAR 101 Wings Badge

Achieving your UAV Civil Aviation Authority CAR 101 Wings Badge

Great to be training another set of 10 #Forestry #Supervisors this last week deploying the DJI Australia and New Zealand #MavicPro #Phantom4bringing #UAV / #Drones to be a regular tool being used by our field foresters with our Forest #Industry here in New Zealand....

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Interpine at Hawkes Bay Career Expo

Interpine at Hawkes Bay Career Expo

Great to again be participating in another #careers #expo, this time in Hawkes Bay promoting the #forest industry with the Hawkes Bay #ForestryGroup (collective of forest companies in the region) and our Interpine team to our next generation of forest scientists,...

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Promoting Forest Industry to our Next Generation

​Great to be at Rotorua and Hawkes Bay #Careers #Expo with a joint stand with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology School of Forestry, Timberlands, Jensen Logging, Rotorua Forest Haulage, Pan Pac, Rayonier, Forest Management NZ, Eastern Inistitute of Technology &...

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Use of Drone Mounted Sensors to Vegetation Detection

Use of Drone Mounted Sensors to Vegetation Detection

Our Interpine head office in #Near #Infrared 360 panoramic. Just a small example of a narrow wavelength combined image in Green, Blue, and #NIR(in the red channel). These sensors are mounted on our #UAV #Droneplatforms for the detection of vegetation and/or indicators...

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Using PSLOG in our Cloud Services Remote Desktop

You will find a shortcut to your PSLOG application on the desktop or from the Windows Start Menu.   This will open PSLOG in your cloud desktop environment. Understanding the PSLOG System Folder Contents Under your G:Drive you will find a PSLog shared user folder.  ...

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Trialing the Cloud Services for Forest Management ?

If you are trialing our services, there are a few things you should know.  Firstly by signing up for a trial you have signed a trial agreement.   This outlines your basic obligations in using this environment only for trialing the software and not for production...

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Setup and Use Dropbox in the Interpine Cloud

We allow users to link there Dropbox accounts with our Cloud Management remote desktop in a similar manner to providing this functionality for OneDrive users.  The service is setup for sharing your "Dropbox for Business" account or selected folders with all your...

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Monitoring Our Cloud Services Environment for Performance?

Interpine server infrastructure powering our cloud environment is continually monitored using eG Enterprise tools manage tools for performance impacts.   A user dashboard is available to display key system parameters allowing users to see current load and system...

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Linking Office 365 Stored Documents with GeoMaster ?

NOTE: For more specific use of document manager and its functionality see ATLAS GeoMaster help documentation.   This FAQ relates to the direct link of Office 365 stored documents to GeoMaster. GeoMaster allows you to store important links to documents, to allow these...

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Exploring Benefits of High Density UAV Drone Lidar

Exploring Benefits of High Density UAV Drone Lidar

​Exploring benefits of high density #UAV #drone #lidar from @RIEGL #VUX LiDAR scanner for forestry. With many hundreds of pulses per m2, the data allows one to measure trees and their attributes. This snippet of a cross section of Pinus radiata forest scanned by...

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Using UAV / Drones for Storm Damaged and Salvage Assessment

Using UAV / Drones for Storm Damaged and Salvage Assessment

​In the wake of Cyclone Cook and Cycle Debbie, Interpine's UAV Team have are busy getting out to fly storm damaged blocks for insurance and salvage, as well as assessing roading/slips for access and recovery purposes. This provides key insights into repairing and...

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UAVs Provide Footage of Cyclone Damage

UAVs Provide Footage of Cyclone Damage

Our UAV team have been busy out monitoring the recent impacts of the #storm damage across #forests estates using #Drones #UAV. This provides key insights into repairing and assessing damage from the recent cyclones #CycloneDebbie #CycloneCook.

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UAV / Drone Full Motion Video Mapping with ESRI Addin

UAV / Drone Full Motion Video Mapping with ESRI Addin

An example of our remote sensing team using the Esri #ArcGIS Full Motion Video addin from #UAV #Drone video collected by our UAV's. In this case providing the ability to map features direct from the video feed taken by the UAV within ArcGIS desktop. Thus providing the...

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Interpine Provides UAV / Drone Training to NZ Fire Service

Interpine Provides UAV / Drone Training to NZ Fire Service

​Interpine #UAV team have spent the last week providing hands on #Drone Training for the @newzealandfireservice #USARteam with a range of DJI multirotors. In partnership with Massey University School of Aviation to certify their CAA RPAS wings certificates, it was...

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Completing Thinning Silvicultural Inventory Using Drones / UAV

Completing Thinning Silvicultural Inventory Using Drones / UAV

Silvicultural Inventory Using #Drones / #UAV - quantifying tree stocking and heights. Using drone based imagery and structure from motion photogrammetry, our remote sensing team combine an existing digital terrain model to allows forest managers to complete pre and...

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Making a Difference in Rural Fire Fighting with UAV / Drones

Making a Difference in Rural Fire Fighting with UAV / Drones

Making a difference in #Rural #Fire Management with #UAV / #Drones day or night. Hotspot monitoring with @newzealandfireservice and Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority. Interpine's trained FLIR ICT thermographer's working on the fire ground with thermal sensor UAV...

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Providing Foresters an Eye in the Sky a.k.a Camera on a Pole

Use of #UAV / #Drones as a #forest management tool, providing #foresters an eye in the sky. Inspect 200ha in a few moments. The productivity gains in staff time and gains in better crop monitoring are within reach. But managing the application of this technology needs...

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Enabling Full Motion Video Mapping with Drones / UAVs

Enabling Full Motion Video Mapping with Drones / UAVs

Interpine are enabling #UAV / #Drones with full motion video mapping capability. Here is an example of marking out #forest harvest boundaries with an eye in the sky, no need to fly to the location to map it, just map with an oblique perspective. Pilots can simply...

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DJI Mavic Pro > A Foresters Tool or Toy ?

DJI Mavic Pro > A Foresters Tool or Toy ?

​Interpine is focused on enabling #forestry staff to be more effective in their day to day jobs with the deployment of #UAV / #Drones. The benefits of providing our existing experts with a eye in the sky, to see above the trees and landscape around us. Thus empowering...

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UAVs Provide Timely Data for Forest Operation Management

UAVs Provide Timely Data for Forest Operation Management

As our UAV services expand we are seeing more of our clients see the benefit UAV's (Unnammed Aerial Vehicles a.k.a Drones or RPAS) to provide timely and cost effective information for forestry operations managers. In this example an aerial photo (orthomosaic) is...

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FFR Forecaster Now Available in Forest Management Cloud

Our cloud services have recently been updated to include Future Forest Research's Forecaster Software. Users of our cloud services for Forest Management can now have access to the latest version of Forecaster to use for predicting the forest growth and providing...

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The Importance of LiDAR Data Quality Assurance

The Importance of LiDAR Data Quality Assurance

Interpine undertakes a LiDAR quality assurance audit in every LiDAR inventory project, to ensure the data produced meets acceptable standards. An audit is initiated within 30 days of final data delivery, the main objective is to ensure the data produced is accurate. A...

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European Insights into the Use of Harvester Data

European Insights into the Use of Harvester Data

Goetz Roth, Interpine's lead for the implementation of mechanised harvester production data has recently returned from Europe. In Europe Goetz attended 48th FORMEC, one of the biggest international Forest Engineering Conferences in the world. Over 300 attendees from...

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UAV Applications for the Forest Industry – Paiwakawaka 1

UAV Applications for the Forest Industry – Paiwakawaka 1

Exploring the potential of Interpine's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Paiwakawaka 1 (a.k.a Fantail), a Phantom 3 Advanced UAV. Several industries recognise the benefits of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV a.k.a RPAS* or Drone) technology and are turning to drones for a...

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Students Discover the Technical Side of the Forestry Industry

Eleven Year 13 students from Rotorua Boys' High School recently went on a Competenz Discovery Tour at Interpine Innovation - a forest consulting and data management company working across the forestry industry. "The students were totally engaged and David [Herries -...

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Using Custom Client Tabs and Fields in GeoMaster

In addition to the standard User Fields provided in GeoMaster, Clients may add their own tabs and fields which can be configured in GeoMaster so that they appear within the GeoMaster forms, reports and can be used for querying. These fields are known as Client Fields,...

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UAV Applications for the Forest Industry – Paiwakawaka 1

UAV Applications for the Forest Industry – Paiwakawaka 1

Exploring the potential of Interpine's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Paiwakawaka 1 (a.k.a Fantail), a Phantom 3 Advanced UAV. Several industries recognise the benefits of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV a.k.a RPAS* or Drone) technology and are turning to drones for a...

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LiDAR Canopy Height Model Resolution – Does it Matter?

LiDAR Canopy Height Model Resolution – Does it Matter?

Canopy Height Models (CHM) are how many of us perceive LiDAR data and outputs in GIS systems in 2D, but sometimes it is good to understand how they actually represent the underlying LiDAR point cloud data. A client recently asked about the difference in height between...

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LUCAS – National Pre-1990 Forest Inventory Survey 2015

LUCAS – National Pre-1990 Forest Inventory Survey 2015

Interpine is working with the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) on a planted forest inventory system for carbon monitoring. The first planted forest measurements were completed in 2007 and 2008 (post-1989 forests) with further surveys in 2010 (pre-1990 forests) with...

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Adding Areas from Landbank into a Stand

Adding Areas from Landbank into a Stand

In certain instances you may need to add areas from Landbank into a stand (and subsequent events) that have been accidentally left out by mistake; such as when you have created and planted a new stand and the exact boundaries are not known until after the planting...

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Bulk Importing Assessments in GeoMaster

Interpine has recently worked with the Atlas team to create a new utility for GeoMaster users. This is for bulk loading of assessments and their attributes into GeoMaster via a CSV file. This new feature can be accessed by GeoMaster users from the Utilities menu and...

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Successful Workshop on Harvester Data Management

Successful Workshop on Harvester Data Management

Interpine recently hosted a workshop on harvester data management at Waiairki Institute of Technology (WIT). 36 attended from forest companies, consultants, contractor entities, machine manufacturers (SATCO, Woodsman, SouthStar and LogMax) and academia from University...

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Interpine will be at HarvestTech 2015, Rotorua 24-25th June

Interpine will be speaking at the upcoming HarvestTech 2015 conference run by FIEA the 24-25th June 2015. We will be reviewing some case studies of improving value recovery & production planning through near real-time data collection from harvester operations....

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Deploying PlotSafe and YTGEN in Mexican Plantations

Interpine has recently undertaken a project to implement PlotSafe and YTGen within Mexico. The trip offered great interaction with local staff, and proved that good forest inventory measurement practices are internationally recognised principals.  Language is often...

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Make Your Paper Maps Mobile with PDF Maps App

We often get asked; "how can we get our forest maps onto our mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets" As expected there are many ways to do this, but in this article I thought it was worth covering one of the simplest. This being to simply stop pressing the...

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PlotSafe Updated for Juniper Allegro 2 Handheld

PlotSafe has recently been updated for the Juniper Allegro 2 field computer by Silmetra. Interpine have been working with the new version of the well proven Juniper Allegro range since Dec 2014. Over this time our field staff have provided some feedback and working...

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Measuring Abnormal Tree Heights during Forest Inventory

The modelling of diameter and height relationships during a forest inventory is often undertaken when a subset of tree heights is measured that will then be used to predict the heights of unmeasured trees. One such equation for doing this is the Petterson regression,...

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Airborne LiDAR Sensor Technology Update in New Zealand

Airborne LiDAR Sensor Technology Update in New Zealand

Interpine recently presented an update in the airborne LiDAR sensor technology available for use in New Zealand. This was given to the Forest Owners Association GCFF Phenotyping technical steering group. This focused on what sensor capability has historically been...

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