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

Colourised LiDAR View of our Rotorua Head Office From Hovermap Backpack

#3D #pointcloud colourised view of our Rotorua Head Office as we put to work the #Hovermap #LiDAR from Emesent.  Our team were also out scanning a range of permanent sample plots, some of which were close to 50m tall #radiata pine. These were scanned in 3D from a walk...

A Glimpse of Interpine’s Thermal Drones and their Sensors Capability

Interpine operates a range of thermal sensors on our fleet of UAV's (Unmanned aerial vehicles).   Just a quick look at some of the sensors and their capability. Thermal Infrared Sensors The DJI Zenmuse XT2 sensor (shown above on our Matrice 210 RTK Drone), is a FLIR...

Adding the Emesent Hovermap SLAM LiDAR Solution to our Services

We are proud to have recently purchased the Emesent #Hovermap #Hovermap #LiDAR simultaneous location and mapping #SLAM) solution to better serve our clients. This unit enhances our #forest #inventory, #drone #UAV and LiDAR services providing a glimpse that the future...

Operational Immersive Visualisation and Measurement of Dense Point Cloud Data in Forest Inventory

Interpine starts a new 2-year project working with Forest Wood Products Australia on operational immersive visualisation and measurement of dense point cloud data in forest inventory.   This new project extends on work started in 2016, and involves working alongside...

Our 15 Year Journey with LiDAR Presenting as Keynote Speaker at Arizona LiDAR Virtual Symposium

Our remotesensing team leader, Sarah Pitcher-Campbell is looking forward to presenting as the keynote speaker at the LIDAR Virtual Symposium hosted by the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) tomorrow, looking at how LiDAR is used throughout NZ.

Webinar – Explore the Use of HoverMap LiDAR for Forest Inventory

Emesent Hovermap's versatility, ease of use and data quality are set to be a game-changer for forestry management. On Thursday the 14 of May we are teaming up with Emesent, to bring you a webinar focused on the applications of Hovermap for forestry resource inventory...

Conducting Tree Nursery Seedling Inventories Using Drones

Have You Got Enough Trees in Your Tree Nursery for this Planting Seasons Orders? Interpine continues to fly its drones for forest nursery owners to provide a complete inventory of the seedlings in stock.   While traditional approaches have been based on sampling the...

New Year, New Skills? Start Using Drones in Your Job, Next Course 16-20 March 2020

New Year, New Skills? Start using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV / Drones / RPAS) across the forestry, environmental, industrial and rural fire sectors. This 5-day Wings Badge course is a partnership between Massey University School of Aviation and Interpine Innovation...

New Forest Scanning Systems Tested

For the love of #trees, our teams love of #Environment #Forestry and #LiDAR combine with our recent work to step up virtual #forest #inventory with new scanning systems and analysis techniques. Our team continues to innovate in the assessment of...

Interpine Winner of Timberland’s Environmental Award for 2019

Proud of the team picking up the Timberlands Environmental Award Winner for 2019 at the annual contractors meeting recently. This was in recognition of the development of mapping systems to locate wildfire hotspots with the assistance of drones and infrared cameras,...

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