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 Industrial Inspections Helping the Pulp and Paper Industry

Another one of our teams offices for the day, our #Drone crews doing #industrial inspections in hard to reach places creating efficiencies across the #forestry supply chain for #pulping facilities in New Zealand.

Virtual Reality Forest Inventory – Tree Quality Assessment – May 2019 Update

Full Forest Inventory Tree Assessment using Virtual Reality (VR).   Data is collected using LiDAR and then field assessment is done within Virtual Reality.     Another iteration in the development of field assessment using VR using a point cloud collected from above...

3D Modelling Forest for Harvesting Productivity Studies

An example of structure from motion modelling of a forest just prior to harvest. This is a 3D point cloud generated from drone / UAV camera imagery, which is then used in studying the efficiency and productivity of harvesting operations. It is hard to step back and...

The Importance of GIS in Vegetation / Wildfire Events – ESRI RUC 2019

Patrick de Jong in our team presenting use of Esri #GIS during the Nelson Fires this last summer at the #ESRI Regional User Conference in Whakatane, April 2019. A great insight into the importance of GIS in emergencies and how our remote sensing team are involved.

So Proud of our Women, Working to Help Our Communities in Nelson Fires 2019

So proud of our women, working to help our communities during the recent 2019 Nelson fires, from Sarah being part of the Incident Management Team as their GIS mapping specialist, to Jayne piloting thermal sensor drones with Amber from Lake Okareka Rural Fire Force...

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...

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