Precision managment tools cn be utilized not only
for forest management, but also during processing of lumber and logs.
Researchers are using geo-referenced and image-assisted biometric
evaluation for precision tree growth and yield monitoring. Resarch on
log and lumber processing is also taking place.
- Rado Gazo, Professor, Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University
- Bedrich Benes, George W. McNelly Professor of Technology, Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University
- Songlin Fei, Professory, Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University
The overall goal of this project is to quantify the change in the growth rate of a tree, and to link it to the previous stand management practices, site index, soil type, local weather patterns, climate change and other known factors, in real time and place.
- Develop appropriate image acquisition hardware and pilot-test it on the TigerCat™ log bucking equipment.
- Develop software for image analysis and biometric data collection.
- Relate tree biometric information to geo location of origin.