Forest mapping technology changing rapidly: International update

Vancouver, BC – Forest mapping technologies and deployment techniques are progressing rapidly now. The technology has moved on considerably in just 12 months. The quality and quantity of data being collected through an array of new sensors and platforms has continued to sky-rocket. The task being grappled with now is how to best use the collected data and convert it into something usable for all stakeholders.

An international conference coming to Vancouver in March 2018, ForestTECHX 2018, will provide all forestry companies with a timely and independent overview. New data collection tools and systems for better measuring, managing and analysing this information will be covered. New forestry apps increasingly in common use will also feature. These new powerful analytics can add value, both operationally and financially, to Canadian and US-based forest companies.

Vancouver-based conference organizer, Anthony Robinson from Logging & Sawmilling Journal says, “Leading geomatic service providers are using LiDAR-based forest inventories to help forest managers. It is now an essential part of executing their harvesting schedules with highly accurate estimates including volume, diameter, and species.”

One of the keynote speakers is Kevin Lim, President and CTO at Lim Geomatics. Kevin is recognized as an international expert in LiDAR remote sensing, as well as an industry leading enterprise GIS and IT architect. His team’s software has been used to process over 30 million hectares of LiDAR and photo point cloud data in support of enhanced forest inventory production.

The focus for this years conference series will be on “unlocking the true value of data” for forest operations. Key themes for this years event will include:

  • Storage, processing and management of “big data”
  • Changing skill sets required by today’s forest resource managers
  • Practical application of automation, robotics and sensors by forest managers
  • Integrating virtual and augmented reality into forestry operations
  • Learnings from reconciling remote sensing data in the field
  • New innovations in mobile forest apps and collection tools
  • Analysing and using harvester data for inventory management
  • Mobile communications advances in more remote locations
  • Workflow solutions for data collected from airborne and UAV systems
  • Smart tracking for your forestry operations
  • New mapping and GIS applications

The 2018 ForestTECHX conference runs March 6-7th at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, BC. Registrations are now open on with the Super Early Bird Rate available until December 20th, 2017.