01 The Measuring Unit
The lower part of the measuring unit contains a camera that rotates on the y-axis and continuously sends pictures to gather information about storm damage, pest infestation and other defects.
The upper part consists of a LIDAR sensor, rotating on the x- and y-axis to create a 3D image of the forest. The Data is used to monitor different tree species, growth and deadwood.
By rotating 360° on two axis the measuring unit captures 3D data of the forest in a 50 meter radius.
The test scans were made in a smaller radius but already give valid and detailed information.
02 The Platform
On the platform the collected data is visualised.
The platform is divided into three subareas. On the ‚Map‘, the forester can see current issues, regarding storm damages and pest infestation. In the ‚My Forest’ subarea, users can see the exact status of their forest in terms of area, carbon dioxide storage and cubic meters of wood.
In the subarea ‚Forecast‘ users can find detailed statistics on forest growth and deadwood. This look into the future enables all users to better plan and economise on their forest.
03 The Application
The mobile application is a smaller version of the platform for direct use in the forest. In addition to the overview, the user has the possibility to navigate to the next emergency point or to the next tree to be harvested.
Interviews with foresters, professionals and private forest owners gave valuable insights into current methods and problems.
Current Process - 6 h
Pine & Leaf Process - 30 min
The New Forest Inventory
By digitalizing the collection of data Pine & Leaf reduces the process from six to four steps.
The estimate time is reduced from 6 hours to 30 minutes for one measuring point. Thereby Pine & Leaf makes forest inventory more cost efficient and available.
We built a prototype of the Pine & Leaf measuring unit to simulate and visualize the movement of the device. The scanning functionality was first tested with a smaller sensor that could measure objects up to 50 cm away. The forest scans were made with an x-box kinect that can scan with a distance up to 8 meters.
Pine & Leaf
Digitalization in Forestry
1st Master Semester
HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd