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
Hands-On Learning Lab 1: Improve Decision Making with the Esri Geospatial Cloud
When most forestry professionals hear "GIS" they immediately think of maps. Today, GIS is much more than a tool for making maps, it is a location intelligence platform. Whether you're a GIS beginner or and expert, this workshop will help further your career by introducing you to the next generation of ArcGIS, the world's most powerful mapping and analytics software.
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.
Next-Level Solutions: Ecosystem Restoration (Public) and Improving Work Flows (Private) Case Studies
Learn how F4 Tech is applying cloud-based spatial technology on the Esri platform to solve complex problems faced by clients. An innovative ecosystem scoring and analysis tool as well as forest inventory and G&Y integration with Orbis' Forest Information Portal (FIP) case studies will be presented.
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.
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.
Hands-On Learning Lab 2: Drive Productivity with Powerful, Easy to Use Apps
Continuing from the morning session, you will explore flexible tools, powerful apps, and authoritative data to empower nearly everyone in your organization. Leveraging the data you already published, you will now configure ArcGIS apps used for data collection, visualization, analytics, and collaboration. Learn how to streamline field data collection, support real-time decision making, build a web application, and create a visually appealing stakeholder engagement briefing.
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 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.