Wood Quality Services

Using drones to capture professional imagery from new heights

Aerial Imagery

UAVs fly at a low elevation which allows for high resolution aerial imagery. Pixel resolution is between 1 to 10 cm, allowing for every detail to be noticed.

3D Surface Models

Using advanced photogrammetry tools allows us to create a surface point cloud from our UAV imagery. This allows us to build a 3D model of just about anything that can be viewed from every angle.

Volumetric Analysis

From woodchip piles, log stacks, slope cut and fill to quarry stock pile volumes, the use of the UAV derived 3D models enable volumes and measurements to made in a timely and precise manner.

Live First Person Video

Live video from the UAV provides a unique perspective on operations. Monitoring …

Multispectural Vegetation Imagery

Multispectral near-infrared imagery allows calculation of vegetation indexes such as NDVI and EVI to manage monitor plant growth and survival.

Thermal Imagery

Use of thermal aerial imagery after a forest fire allows targeted use of firefighting resources.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

“Use of UAV’s for quantifying our stock pile volumes has been a great step forward in a timely and more accurate process wood fibre management. Interpine have provided a innovative service that shows the usefulness of UAV’s in the forest industry”

Richard Sherratt

EBOP Wood Supply Manager, Oji Fibre Solutions

“Fantastic use of UAV technology to deliver a timely and needed service for our quarries. Thanks to the Interpine team for introducing this technology to the Timberlands team, and we look forward to using UAV’s more in our forest management operations”

Cheryl Hindle

Team Leader - Forest Information, Timberlands Ltd

“Wow… I just reviewed this (canopy height model generated from UAV surface model and historic LiDAR DTM) against the imagery & it looks great! Very informative. This shows the real practical application of UAV’s in Forestry “

Aaron Gunn

Technical & Resources Manager, Blakely Pacific Ltd

Frequently Asked Questions

What safety measures are in place while operating UAV's over our operations?

Our standard operating procedures are focused on safe operation of any of our UAV craft. Pilots undergo rigorous training and certification to operate. Our craft are all fitted with emergency systems such as parachutes and autopilot return to home functionality for any loss of signal between the UAV and the pilot. In the event of an incident our public liability insurances are also endorsed for operating UAVs for all our operations.

What camera sensors are available on our UAV's?

We operate a range of normal RGB resolution cameras, as well as a thermal sensor and multispectral NIR.

Latest News and Articles

User Tips, Information and Insights into the Services Provided by our UAV Services Team

Drone based Harvesting Cutover Merchantable Volume Assessment

Our GM / Director of Interpine, David Herries recently presented at HarvestTech 2021 in Rotorua, New Zealand on a new system for merchantable volume assessments using drones.  Improving safety and efficiency while being able to quantify harvest residues across often...

Improvements in 3D Tree Segmentation using Deep Learning

A new research paper on 3D tree segmentation approaches from our collaboration work program with the University of Tasmania and ARC Training Centre for Forest Value. Great work to the project team and a special thanks to Sean Krisanski who is working towards his PhD....

As built 3D Scanning for Industrial Inspection and Engineering with Hovermap LiDAR

A small snippet of an industrial engineering site scanned with our mobile laser scanner (MLS) using the Emesent Hovermap SLAM LiDAR backpack. While the unit can also be mounted to a drone, here it is being used in backpack mode allowing capture of complex structures...

Drone Based Ultra High Resolution Full Frame Aerial Surveying with the DJI Zenmuse P1 Sensor

To complement the drone services team we have recently purchased the DJI Zenmuse P1 Full-frame Aerial Survey solution for our DJI Matrice 300 RTK.  The Zenmuse P1 integrates a full-frame sensor with interchangeable fixed-focus lenses on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal....

Under Forest Canopy 3D LiDAR Scanning Capabilities of Hovermap Mobile LiDAR Scanner

Take a walk through the #Redwood #Forest Rotorua, New Zealand, in #3D using our unique #3DForest #LiDAR using the Emesent #Hovermap. Discover the "web of sails amongst the #trees" Find out more about how we captured this in less than a few minutes at...

Hovermap Mobile LiDAR Laser Scanning for Engineering Projects

Another neat example of mobile #LiDAR mapping survey with the Emesent Hovermap #MLS showing the ease of data collection for a range of projects. This has been collected at night when the traffic is not present, simply with a 12-minute walk around the survey area with...

Drone based LiDAR services extended with the DJI Zenmuse L1 Livox LiDAR and RGB Solution

2021 is set to be a leap forward in drone-based UAV LiDAR here at Interpine.  To compliment our two Emesent Hovermap LiDAR units we have also recently purchased the DJI Zenmuse L1 LiDAR + RGB solution for the DJI Matrice 300 RTK.  Simultaneous collection of...

Innovations in Forest Inventory > LiDAR Data Collection From Under the Canopy

Innovations in Remote Sensing & Data Capture Technologies - Application in the Forest  

DJI Matrice 300 with Emesent Hovermap for Drone Based LiDAR Survey

Our latest drone, the DJI Matrice 300 RTK shown here with the Emesent Hovermap SLAM based LiDAR.  Hovermap’s smooth integration with the latest DJI Matrice 300 RTK allows our team to extend the capabilities of the drone significantly, providing robust collision...

Rich 3D Forest Inventory Data on Show at ForestTECH 2020 in Rotorua

Sneak peeks at some of the rich #3D #forestinventory data being shown at #ForestTECH2020, collected by our Emesent #Hovermap SLAM LiDAR units and processed into #forest #yield using Interpine's customised #deeplearning algorithms. Over 300 people attending the...

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