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September 14
ForestTech 2017 Workshop: Forestry Orientated LiDAR Analysis

In conjunction with the ForestTECH 2017 series this year, Interpine will be running a LiDAR Analysis workshop the day after each event – Friday 17 November, Rotorua and in Melbourne, Thursday 23 November. It will teach delegates how to manipulate, process and visualize LiDAR datasets, with a specific focus on forestry derived forestry outputs. These include terrain, vegetation surfaces and forest yield related metrics.

In New Zealand, the course includes hands-on labs and presentations and will be held at the computer facility at Toi Ohomai in Rotorua.
In Australia, participants will bring along their own computers. The workshop will be run at the ForestTECH 2017 conference venue in Melbourne.
Dr. Martin Isenburg (rapidlasso LAStools developer) and the Interpine Team (David Herries, Susana Gonzalez and Sarah Pitcher-Campbell).
Rotorua: Friday 17 November
Melbourne: Thursday 23 November
ROTOUA, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, O Block (Forestry Building Computer Lab)
Melbourne,  ForestTech Conference Venue
$395 per person.
Lunch and morning teas provided.
Course Outline:
  • Overview of LiDAR
    • Collection parameters and technology
  • Exploring
    • Exploring LiDAR
    • Creating datasets for the engineering team
    • Understanding canopy height models
  • Managing, Publishing and Visualising LiDAR across your organisation
    • Portals and Publishing BigData
  • Calculating Forest Yield using Plot Imputation
    • End user tools for development and managing forest yield tables
Please complete the following form to register for the course:


Click Here to Access: Online Registration Form



July 31
LiDAR meets 3D Printing - Benefits of 3D Printing for Forest Engineering

​Our Remote Sensing team are constantly immersing ourselves in 3D modelling from our rich #LiDAR datasets. #3Dprinting technology brings this from the screen to the table. Meet our miniature model of White Island Volcano in New Zealand. Getting #LiDAR data adopted is not always about viewing the data, what about touching it! How could this change the way you manage forest operations and health and safety? Would it help in planning, or at least to understand the detail in the datasets which are available? Opening new opportunities for its use?


July 18
Using Drones / UAV for 3D Modelling Forest Tree Structure

​The Interpine #UAV #Drone continue to innovate around the use of structure from motion 3D modelling. In this case we show some examples of modelling tree structure and resulting stem volume / form, which are important in the forest yield modelling calculations. Doing this type of trial / study work was either time consuming or difficult to operationally do in a effective manner. And hence interrupt or hamper production forest harvesting operations. Sometimes it is hard for foresters to realise these are not just pictures, but are detailed 3D models.

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July 13
Rise of the Forest Drones; HarvestTech 2017 Conference

Rise of the #forest #drones; Interpine's UAV team leader spoke recently at the FIEA HarvestTech 2017 conference in Rotorua. With of 450 delegates hearing about operational implementation and future opportunities that will see improvements in the way harvest contractors manage safety, training, and monitor / improve productivity using drone technology. Robin Hartley talked about the adoption pathways and best practice for the uptake of the drone technology, while also reviewing case study work that has been conducted by the Interpine Innovation team across New Zealand.


July 13
NZ Forestry Sector Collaborates in Capturing 532,000ha of the Plantation Estate with LiDAR

​Interpine Innovation is currently around 50% through the LiDAR capture of 532,000ha of plantation forest in New Zealand. It’s a collaborative project that brings together forest owners, which affords efficiencies in both LiDAR capture and processing. LiDAR which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed... laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the ground below. These light pulses—combined with other data recorded by the airborne system— generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the ground and its surface characteristics, including detailed 3D models of the forest canopy.

The survey is using a world leading LiDAR sensor to capture the highest density airborne LiDAR acquired at this scale anywhere in Australasia, and likely the world. Digital terrain models derived from the data will be used to improve the engineering of our forest activities; including modelling of the drainage and catchments for better environmental management, and allowing for forest harvesting advances for improved safety and efficiency of operations. Much of the area captured will also implement Interpine’s LiDAR Imputation methods for deriving forest yield. Detailed representations of the forest canopy structure is derived from the 3D point cloud forest canopy metrics. These canopy metrics are then modelled through machine learning and applied analytics to provide estimates of commercial forest yield by log-type, a key driver of forest valuation and wood-flow marketing and modelling.
Interpine Innovation based in Rotorua, has long led the forest industry for over 35 years in developing innovative technological solutions, and has been instrumental in the development and application of LiDAR within the forestry sector in both New Zealand and Australia.
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July 13
Innovations in Drone use in the Rural Fire; FRFANZ Conference 2017

​Interpine's General Manager and Lake Okareka Rural Fire Force Deputy Station Officer FENZ Rural, David Herries will be providing insights into use #UAV #Drones during 2016/17 #fire season at #FRFANZ (#UFBA) conference 1-4 August 2017 in Auckland. After successfully deploying the technology into some of New Zealand's largest fires in decades early this year. We reflect on their use during the Port Hills 2017 Complex Fire, and the place for this technology and opportunities moving forward to improve firefighter awareness, efficiency and safety. Key to their deployment however is a focused approach to getting the data back to the firefighter on the ground, something that should become the norm for this coming fire season.


June 28
Distribution of Planting Seedlings via Drone / UAV

​Interpine's UAV team preparing for the upcoming radiata pine planting season across our plantations in New Zealand. Targeting to ease the distribution of #forest #seedlings for #planting with our #UAV / #Drones technology. Distribution of planting boxes to those that need it in steep terrain is time consuming and often a source of slips, trips and falls for staff on the ground. In some places helicopters are used to bulk deliver seedling loads to locations but these still need to reach the hands of the planter themselves. With drones these can be delivered to the feet of the planter when he needs it, (and maybe with a pizza as well).


June 23
Forest Harvester System Management Workshop in Rotorua 2017

#Forest #harvester system management through Interpine's ForestPHD #STICKS Cloud Service. We are hosting an industry user workshop today at @ToiOhomai Forestry School in Rotorua. With some 20 million m3 of wood supply in STICKS over the last couple of years, 58,000+ StanForD PRI files, and over 300+ machines now connected and downloading on a regular basis it is now an industry standard for harvester information management throughout the industry. STICKS and linked with #SilviA 7 for APT file creation enables cross platform forest harvester management. Our team also continue to support the @ToiOhomai Forestry School on the development of their harvester school for training the next and current generation in this new technology.


June 14
Mapping Invasive Aquatic Weed with Drones / UAV and Near Infrared

​Our #UAV / #Drone team monitoring invasive weed at New Zealand's #Hydro lakes, helping reduce the disruption to our power supply using #NIR (near infrared) imagery and the skills of GIS team for semi-automated classification for management of this risk to power generation industry.


May 29
Training Your Forest Supervisors to Use UAV / Drones

​Great to be training another set of 10 #Forestry #Supervisors this last week deploying the #DJI #MavicPro #Phantom4 bringing #UAV / #Drones / RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) to be a regular tool being used by our field foresters with our Forest #Industry here in New Zealand. This course allows them to get there UAV Civil Aviation Authority CAR 101 wings badge and certification together with basic flight competence and craft knowledge. This Drone / RPAS / UAV course is run together with our Partners at Massey University School of Aviation.  

After successfully completing this course you will:
  • Basic flight competence, including operation and maintenance of DJI Phantom / Mavic / Spark type RPAS systems
  • Task training at RPAS level 1 operator competence (basic flight of small pro-consumer grade RPAS as a camera on a pole for inspection and observation work).
  • Interpret the various aviation documents and regulations and be able to apply these to your operation
  • Be able to identify threats to your operation and develop methods of mitigation
  • Understand the conduct required to operate an RPAS in accordance with aviation best practice
  • Practice and comprehend aircraft radio telephony procedures and operations
  • Completion of CAA RPAS Multi-rotor Pilot Competence Certification "RPAS Wings Badge"
  • Submit as evidence of training from a Part 141-M6 training organisation for an RPAS Part 102 Operator Certificate
The course is led by Interpine and Massey University flight instructors. You will be assessed via a series of multi-choice and short answer questions, and flight testing using DJI mutli-rotor craft.
Why do you need this course?
The course is designed to get participants really thinking about RPAS / Drones in the airspace environment, awareness of other airspace users and most of all – safety, risk and best practices in the roll-out of drone technology within the forest industry and rural fire sectors.   Whether your just managing company policy around drone implementation or a supervisor / harvest contractor wanting to get started using drones this course will ensure you get started on the right foot.

If your interested in future courses this year contact our team, course schedules are available below for 2017.


Course Dates for 2017

Course 2017-6 - August - Rotorua
Format: 2x 3 day courses with break in between to allow for gaining of flight competence prior to flight test.
RPAS Basic Flight Skills Training and Craft Maintenance Awareness  - 14-16 August
RPAS CAA Pilot Certification and Flight Test for RPAS Multi-rotor Competency - 30 August to 1 Sept
Course 2017-7 - October - Rotorua
Format: 2x 3 day courses with break in between to allow for gaining of flight competence prior to flight test.
RPAS Basic Flight Skills Training and Craft Maintenance Awareness  - 4-6 October
RPAS CAA Pilot Certification and Flight Test for RPAS Multi-rotor Competency - 18-20 October
Course 2017-8 - November - South Island
Format: Full week - 5 days
RPAS Basic Flight Skills Training and Craft Maintenance Awareness  - 13-18 November
RPAS CAA Pilot Certification and Flight Test for RPAS Multi-rotor Competency - 15-18 November
Course 2017-9 - December - Rotorua
Format: 2x 3 day courses with break in between to allow for gaining of flight competence prior to flight test.
RPAS Basic Flight Skills Training and Craft Maintenance Awareness  - 29 Nov - 1 Dec
RPAS CAA Pilot Certification and Flight Test for RPAS Multi-rotor Competency - 13-15 December
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