Terrestrial LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery solutions

Friday 27 Sep 2019

Every year, over 250 resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and technology providers from throughout Australasia (and more recently SE Asia) meet up at the annual ForestTECH technology series. Since 2007, it’s the one event every year that’s run in both Australia and New Zealand focussing on this particular part of the forestry industry.

Registrations are flowing in for this year’s technology series and it again is going to be a full house in both countries. Filling up rapidly are the practical half and one-day workshops that this year have been set up to run alongside the two-day conference and exhibitions. Four in total will be running for ForestTECH 2019 delegates, three in New Zealand and one in Australia. For two of them, numbers have been capped and for both, registrations are close to closing.

This week we feature more details on two of the planned workshops.

1. Introduction to Mobile Terrestrial Lidar Solutions for Forestry

This workshop runs the day after the two-day ForestTECH 2019 conference on the morning of Thursday 21 November. The Scion Geomatics team will be showing some of the latest technology that is coming onto the market allowing foresters to collect high spatial accuracy, 3D data of their own forests using portable, handheld devices.

Robin Hartley and David Pont will be working alongside GreenValley International, a US company that specialises in advanced but easy to use aerial, terrestrial, and mobile laser scanning technologies. The workshop will introduce this technology, carry out a demonstration of data capture in a stand of trees on the Scion campus, and then run through the data processing, showing an alternative to traditional measurement techniques.

This technology has all kinds of applications, from basic inventory to stockpile assessments. Workshop participants will be spending the morning learning about an emerging technology and get a feel for how this could be integrated into their own operation. This workshop is being limited to no more than 30 places and seats are being filled on a first in -first served basis.

2. Hyperspectral & Thermal Imagery (acquired by manned and unmanned aircraft and satellite systems) for forestry operations

This half-day workshop runs the day before the two-day ForestTECH 2019 conference in Melbourne, on Tuesday 12 November. The hardware and software associated with hyperspectral imaging is now catching up with operational expectations. This workshop will provide an introduction and examples of how hyperspectral and thermal imagery can contribute to precision forestry.

Workshop presentations will include:

- Pushing hyperspectral hardware and software from research towards operational deployment in the Australian forestry sector, Dr Christine Stone, NSW DPI,
- Hyperspectral imaging for forest health monitoring, Prof Pablo Zarco-Tejada, University of Melbourne,
- Hyperspectral imaging from drones - available platforms & sensors, Associate Prof Arko Lucieer, University of Tasmania,
- Hyperspectral imaging – requirements for calibration, correction and processing of the imagery, Dr Lola Suarez, University of Melbourne,
- The need for hyperspectral imaging for nutrient assessments, Dr Mike Watt, Scion, NZ and
- Current & future hyperspectral satellites, Prof Simon Jones, University of Melbourne.

A planned group discussion has also been planned to confirm the industries R&D priorities with respect to the application of hyperspectral imaging.

Details and registrations to the event and workshops can be made on the event website.

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