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

Thermal Infrared Pest Monitoring and Detection Using Drones

Drone / UAV flights at night for monitoring and assisting pest eradication operations at a Wildlife Sanctuary Reserve in Hawkes Bay. This shows the ability of a drone fitted with a high resolution thermal imaging camera, being able to locate, identify and then geo-tag...

Monitoring Traps Using Drones to Aid Pest Free New Zealand

Interpine Innovation helping New Zealand Predator Free 2050.   Monitoring of pests for the purposes of controlling or eradicating populations is a key component in management of wildlife sanctuary reserves throughout New Zealand. Interpine Innovation strives to not...

Improving the Modelling of Forest Harvesting through Drones Studies

Developing tree breakage models is a key parameter in the modelling of forest yield.   To model the height at which a stem breaks during harvesting and before log-making can start, allows for correct allocation of recoverable stem volume in which logs can be made...

Industrial Inspection Using Drones at Pulping Facilities

Our team have been working across industries with the deployment of drones / UAV's for industrial inspection.   Drones are an effective way of getting visual reports from places where it is difficult to place humans.   A recent example is the assessment of the...

Graduates of our Drone training succeeding out in the forest

Great to see graduates of our fly your own drone for foresters programme using these new effective tools out there in the forest. Acacia Farmery completed our CAA Part 101 drone operators training and earned her “CAA Wings Badge” certification. Acacia Farmery readies...

Demostration of Virtual Reality Forest Inventory at ForestTech 2018

Interpine team recently presented and demonstrated at ForestTech 2018 the use of virtual reality for in forest inventory.   While the system can use terrestrial LiDAR the focus was on using utra dense point clouds from airborne sensors flying above the tree canopy....

Renewal of CAA CAR102 Drone Operations Certification for Next 5 Years

Congratulations to our team for a successful audit and re-certification of our drones operations working under the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of NZ.      The team showed their professionalism and attention to detail throughout the re-certification process and this...

Meet the Team at ForestTech 2018

Interpine will again be along at ForestTech 2018, being held in Rotorua and Melbourne this November.   Come along and hear about our latest advances in Virtual Reality, LiDAR and Drone applications across the forest industry.

Use of UAV / Drones for Wildfire Operations Profiled at WAFA Conference in Wellington

Patrick and Chris from our UAV / Drone operations and remote sensing team presenting at Women & Fire Fighting Australasia Inc Conference 2018 in Wellington this week.  They were part of a workshop series at Wellington airport hanger looking at highlighting Air...

Interpine helping with North American Wildfires in Canada

Interpine's General Manager, David Herries recently took some time out from overseeing Interpine's Innovative team and deployed into British Columbia, Canada to help with the wildfires over the 2018 summer.   Outside of his role with Interpine, David is also a...

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