Forest Technology Workshop
Not all sessions will require one, but we suggest you bring your own laptop and smartphone.
Wednesday, October 30 • 8:00 pm – 5:00 pm
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Noel Loughrin, Esri
QGIS and Avenza Maps for Foresters: The Crash Course
Donn Downey, A2 Forest Technology Working Group
Accessible to participants with zero GIS experience and possibly self-diagnosed techphobia, this hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to create a map, establish a sampling grid, and export the map as a georeferenced PDF, which can be used to navigate in the field using a free iOS/Android app called Avenza Maps. Bring a project you wish to complete! Project data could include GPS boundary lines or waypoints, digital tax maps, or even a paper map, as you'll learn to import that image into GIS with your smart phone. No need to have any software installed in advance.
Solving Business Challenges in the Real World
Technology is essential in helping to solve critical problems faced by forest management organizations both public and private. Technology is often purchased in the hope that these issues will be resolved but ends with frustrating results. This workshop will focus on the critical factors that separate successful technology projects from those that are not.
Advancements in Forest Measurement Technology
Focusing on new technology and advancements in equipment, get caught up on Forest Inventory Workflow, Hands-on Tree Measuring and Tree Positioning. Whether your goal is tree location for Lidar verification plots, plot mapping and planning for timber cruising or simply improving on your current measurement methods, the field stations will provide valuable information.
Not Your Father's Timber Cruising Handheld
Lim Geomatics Inc.
This workshop is intended for companies wanting to better understand how timber cruising data collection can integrate with enterprise technology platforms. It is also designed for cruisers to experience powerful, yet simple and easy-to-use, tools that can increase field data collection quality and productivity.
Using Free Remote Sensing in Your Everyday Inventory Workflow
There is an enormous amount of remote-sensing data available for free but turning that data into useful forest inventory information is not always straightforward. This workshop will help you get set up to begin quantitatively processing imagery and data you can get for free online.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Data Science for Forestry Applications
Matthew Russell, A1 Inventory and Biometrics Working Group
This hands-on workshop will showcase how data science can be used in forestry applications. Learn how to use open-source software (specifically R) to work quickly and efficiently with forestry data, with a focus on using large datasets such as Forest Inventory and Analysis data. This workshop is perfect for students and professionals who want to learn more about how to use R to work with the data they have.
Noel Loughrin, Esri
An Easy and Comprehensive Forest Inventory Mobile Solution
This hands-on workshop will provide participants with a full education and 30-day trial of Forest Metrix PRO, a new generation of non-cloud mobile software that allows complete field tallying/cruising, analysis, and comprehensive reports in the field.
We’ve Got a Tool for That: Measuring Landscapes to Trees and Everywhere in Between
LandMark Spatial Solutions, LLC
This presentation will cover the latest forest technology tools with a spatial flare starting at the tree level, looking at ground truthing LiDAR data. Next, learn how to transition from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro, then cruise into updates for Terrain Navigator, TCruise, and SOLO Forest. Preview Trimble Forestry’s new, electronic load ticketing, reconciliation, and reporting solution and, lastly, explore how and when to use drone technology.
A Hands-on Exploration of Why Cloud-hosted Platforms are the Future of Forest and Fiber Management
Lim Geomatics Inc.
This workshop breaks the mold of traditional forestry management and planning practices to demonstrate why a platform framework is the future for forestry and fiber management by guiding participants through a hands-on user experience of interconnected workflows on a flexible web-based platform built with today’s technology, security measures, and flexibility.
A Modern GIS-based Solution for Timber Inventory and Management
Mason Bruce and Girard
Many foresters currently rely on outdated technologies like Windows Mobile devices and desktop software with limited GIS capabilities. In this workshop we will present our approach to a modern, efficient, scalable solution for timber inventory data collection and management and provide a clear roadmap that you can use within your organization to modernize your system.