Canadian grant helps fund the use of drone imaging in forestry

P&PC Staff
April 04, 2018
By P&PC Staff
Canadian grant helps fund the use of drone imaging in forestry
Photo: Twitter/@TELUQ
Apr. 4, 2018 - Quebec’s TÉLUQ University, in partnership with Groupe DDM, has received a $25,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) under the Engage Grant partner program for universities to help fund the use of drone imaging in forestry.

The main objective of the project will be to use drones to develop computer image recognition technology for managing the forest floor. Titled Using drone computer vision to estimate the number of planting microsites, the project “will lead to innovative drone imaging solutions,” said professor Wassim Bouachir of TÉLUQ University’s Department of Science and Technology, a researcher at LICEF research centre and the project leader.

Project researchers explain that computer vision techniques will allow forest workers to determine the required number of plants “more quickly and efficiently, reducing human intervention and associated costs.”

“Thanks to research, drones are being used more and more in applications with a real impact on the economy, society, and the environment,” said TÉLUQ director general Martin Noël. “This project is yet another great example that will allow our researchers to develop artificial intelligence technologies for the forest industry.”

Read more about drones — Earlier this year we published a feature article about the automated drone system Zellstoff Celgar’s Northern Softwood Bleached Kraft pulp mill uses to help keep an accurate count of fibre inventory. Learn more about this unique system.

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