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The forestry industry has seen major leaps in technology that have subsequently benefitted productivity and work flows. Challenges such as road mapping, inventory management, forecasting for harvests, bare earth models, floodplain mapping, monitoring regrowth, adherence to regulations and planning expansion zones are a few of the areas that drone and Lidar technology can assist with streamlining. 

Stakeholders can view historical and current inventory levels and manage labour, equipment and processing resources. Traditionally done by individuals and written reports, new technology allows for a reduction in human error and increases accountability. 

Many have realized major benefits from the adoption and implementation of recent improvements in UAV and sensor technology including increased safety to workers and lower insurance costs among other operational efficiencies. Companies that onboard and include cutting-edge technology are positioned well to increase profitability and grow their operations substantially. With Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) regulations around the corner, companies will benefit from starting the integration process of drones and sensors early. In particular, drone integration can reduce helicopter and aircraft time and subsequently fuel cost, positively affecting the bottom line.

Drone

Top Three Advantages

PROVIDE ACCURATE
TREE COUNTS

Map harvest units and
conduct post-harvest
waste assessments

PLAN ACCESS ROADS
AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Remove trees with
software for bare earth
terrain models

3D SCAN OF
FORESTS

VR walkthrough
and inventory
management

Land and Terrain

Challenges

The sheer size of natural forestry land makes projects extremely labour intensive, resulting in time-consuming, tedious and often dangerous tasks for crew. Furthermore, manual estimations are prone to inaccuracies that compound into large expenses that ultimately impact the bottom line.

Challenges facing the forestry industry:

  • Inaccessible Land and Terrain: Danger to crew.
  • Sampling estimates: Inaccurate data.
  • Vast Plot Sizes: Labour and time intensive to inspect and monitor.

Solutions

Drone and sensor technologies are being implemented by organizations today to mitigate these challenges, but most importantly, make accurate data-driven analysis and decisions.


  • Operators are able to efficiently assess acreages of remote forestry land from a single vantage point - drastically reducing the need for labor and time consuming traditional methods.

  • Lidar and imaging sensors accurately reproduce the forestry environment in 3D formats such as photogrammetry and point-cloud.

  • Powerful analytical software can extract metrics such as tree heights, diameter, volume, and counts.

  • Technology enables repeatability and automation which allows for active monitoring, precision and up-to-date data.
Land and Terrain

Applications

Our team has found success working with industry professionals, using DJI Matrice 600 drones, and Green Valley International Lidar sensors.


Candrone and the Green Valley team worked with the California Fire Department, using drone and Lidar technology to map and assess vastly forested lands. The fire department was able to use the data to proactively plan fuel breaks that would traditionally require intensive labor and expensive manned-aircraft operations.


As well, Candrone and researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) used Lidar data to supplement their research on the ecology of streams and the effects on the surrounding forestry environment. We set out to the vast natural forests in Port Alberni, BC and were able to collect data from over 50 acres of inaccessible forestry land.

Inventory Management Solutions

COUNT YOUR TREES

COUNT YOUR TREES

TREE SIZE DATA

TREE SIZE DATA

INDEX YOUR INVENTORY

INDEX YOUR INVENTORY
HELICOPTER MOUNT

HELICOPTER MOUNT

  • Cover a lot of terrain fast with Lidar sensors
  • Fly 100 - 900 metres
  • RIEGL sensor
  • Integrated camera (24 megapixel)

DRONE MOUNT

  • Take off car or helicopter and put on drone
  • Fly slow and low to acquire more data points
  • More thorough penetration of canopy
  • Higher resolution than a helicopter
  • Quick to deploy
  • 18 - 20 minutes of fly time
  • Built-in camera
  • Highly portable
  • Live view of data collection via laptop connection
  • Average 40 acres / flight
DRONE MOUNT
CAR MOUNT

CAR MOUNT

  • High resolution
  • Great for forestry roads
  • Easy to mount
  • Live view of data collection via laptop connection
  • Good for spotting potential future hazards that otherwise would close the road (i.e. falling trees or potential landslides)

BACKPACK

  • If you already have your team walking, collect value datasets to merge with your aerial datasets
  • Effective for under the tree canopy
  • Walk the forest and gather valuable data
  • Trunk size
  • Forest floor data
  • Colourized point cloud
  • Camera
  • GPS / GNSS
  • 4 - 6 hours run time on each battery
  • One-click operation
BACKPACK
FIXED WING VTOL

FIXED WING VTOL

  • Vertical take off and landing
  • Cover large areas
  • Automated flights
  • Ready for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS)
  • Optional integrated camera systems


Software Tutorials

Tree Metrics

Tree Metrics

Tree height and other metrics

Lidar For Foresty

Lidar For Forestry

Backpack with camera

Bare Earth Demo

Bare Earth Demo

Removing trees, revealing topographic floor

Download Demo Software Here

Sample Data

Liair 1000

Liair 1000

  • Application: City
  • Data collection: LiAir 1000 mounted to Helicopter + RGB
  • Speed: 120 km/h
  • AGL: 500 m
  • Data Format: * .LiData (Proprietary data format, must be opened in LiDAR360 - can be exported in other common formats through the software) Download Lidar360 here

  • City information collection using helicopter. Data can be used to extract accurate 3D information of buildings in urban planning.
LiAir 250

Lidar 250

  • Application: Forestry
  • Data Collection: LiAir 250
  • Flight parameters: 5 m/s, 85 m height above ground
  • Data Format: * .LiData (Proprietary data format, must be opened in LiDAR360 - can be exported in other common formats through the software) Download Lidar360 here

  • LiAcquire 250 captures a point cloud of the eucalyptus forest with rich 3D information of the canopy, stems, and understory, which can be used for tree segmentation under the objectives of calculating tree counts, height, canopy diameter and so on.
Libackpack D50

LiBackpack D50

  • Application: Forestry
  • Data collection: LiBackpack D50
  • Speed: Normal walking speed
  • Data Format: * .LiData (Proprietary data format, must be opened in LiDAR360 - can be exported in other common formats through the software) Download Lidar360 here

  • Acquired by Backpack LiDAR system, can be used for tree segmentation, digital models generation, and tree parameters extraction.
LiBackpack C50

LiBackpack C50

  • Application: Forestry
  • Data collection: LiBackpack C50
  • Speed: Normal walking speed
  • Data Format: * .LiData (Proprietary data format, must be opened in LiDAR360 - can be exported in other common formats through the software) Download Lidar360 here

  • Acquired by Backpack LiDAR system, can be used for tree segmentation, digital models generation, and tree parameters extraction.

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