Precision Management

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.

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Principal Investigators

  • 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

Objectives

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 TigerCatâ„¢ log bucking equipment.
  • Develop software for image analysis and biometric data collection.
  • Relate tree biometric information to geo location of origin.

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