Forestry Speed Dating
Bioregions’ Forestry Speed Dating events emerged to foster innovation in the regional forest bioeconomy. Forestry Speed Dating puts innovators in contact with potential partners and end-users, to speed up innovation and create new partnerships. Through a continuous series of speed dating workshops, and facilitation of meeting with innovators, you can find inspiration and explore new solutions towards a sustainable forest circular bioeconomy for your area.
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How does it work?
The Forestry Speed Dating events follow different themes. Within each theme, the Bioregions Facility organises a number of Forestry Speed dating events with their own specific focus. During each Forestry Speed Dating event, two or three innovations are presented by their owners. These innovations can belong to companies, research projects or even government initiatives. After the presentations of the innovations, one breakout room per speaker is opened so that attendees can connect and pursue collaborations with the innovators.
The current theme that started in June 2022 showcases innovations related to "Bio-based solutions for sustainable construction". The previous theme that took place during October 2021 - March 2022 was about "Digitalisation of forest management, inventory and monitoring".
Was an innovation or theme of your interest included in a past Forestry Speed Dating event but did you not attend? Do not worry! Every presented innovation is featured in a factsheet with the collaboration opportunities highlighted. Do you think you could be the potential partner the speaker was looking for? Then contact the innovator through the contact information included in the factsheets.
Second series: Bio-based solutions for sustainable construction.
Our second Forestry Speed Dating Series will take place May-December 2022 and will allow attendees to discover the latest innovations related to timber and hybrid construction. Find out more about building materials and techniques that allow to convert the construction sector from a carbon source to a carbon sink.
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First series: Digitalisation of forest management, inventory and monitoring.
During the first Forestry Speed Dating series, you could discover new digital solutions to improve forest management, sustainable forest operations and efficient supply. Find out more about digital tools that support forest managers’ decision-making as well as communicating what you do to the public and engaging their input.
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iWald is an application that supports forest owners’ decisions with regards to forest management. The app allows forest owners to compare silvicultural treatments and simulate growth processes of their forest on the smartphone or tablet to make technically well-founded options for sustainable management of their forests.
Virtual Forest 2.0
Virtual Forest 2.0 enables efficient 3D visualisation of forest stands based on accurate data and forest management options. The user can see the impact of forest management interventions in the virtual forest before applying it in real life.
Aerial inspection and remote sensing services for forest management - 22 November 2021
Kelluu produces small, autopilot airships that can stay in the air (almost) permanently. Kelluu airships can be loaded with three kilograms of any modern sensors. Then they continuously move or float in place, collect data and transfer it wherever needed. Kelluu provides the continuous aerial inspection or surveillance with their airships as a service.
ForestMap is an online platform, developed by Agresta, that calculates forest inventories based on remote sensing technologies such as LiDAR and Sentinel 2. ForestMap offers detailed forest inventory reports and provides information such as the wood stock in a forest plot and other key decision-making data that you can easily request from your computer.
My Sustainable Forest
My Sustainable Forest integrates earth observation into daily decision-making processes and operations. Its diverse portfolio is grouped in six forest management services with more than twenty specific products. Forest site geo-information products are obtained from remotely sensed data - satellite or LiDAR - in combination with available in-situ and species-specific measurements.
Mobile applications for forest inventory and monitoring - 15 December 2021
MOTI is an Android and iOS application, free to use, specifically designed for forest inventory. MOTI allows forestry professionals to capture in an easy, cost effective and reliable manner the key dendrometric variables such as basal area, number of trees per ha, tree height and stock.
Arboreal Forest is a forest inventory application available on the App Store. It offers you a user-friendly, digital experience of measurements that allows you to leave your manual tools at home.
The Forest Valuation module of ForestHQ allows simple, automated forest valuation. Dendrometric field data can be collected using the Arboreal App. Afterwards, the Forest Valuation module will generate the online mapping of inventories with location-based metrics to support decision making of your assets.
Digital solutions for forest pests and diseases - 18 January 2022
CETEMAS developed an automatic tool for the generation of decay maps using multispectral data captured with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and based on free software. The tool allows automatic mapping for disease and pest risk management. A successful case study of this innovation is the detection of brown spot needle blight in pine forests.
EnviNavigator is a project co-funded by the European Space Agency, developing forest services based on satellite monitoring that use self-learning artificial intelligence. Up-to-date information on the current state of forests, their risks, and changes in them can be produced by combining satellite data with other data sets relating to forestlands.
Festmeter offers vitality analyses with regards to bark beetle detection in conifer forests. The service is designed to help prevent excessive damage in the forest. Long-standing customers report positive hit rates of over 80% – they identify the majority of beetle infestations; based on the report, the forest rangers can take action. Festmeter allows to act faster and more purposefully in the field.
Software for planning forest management - 17 February 2022 & 22 February 2022
Arbonaut ProMS is a project management system that is developed with its users for forest operation planning, implementation and monitoring. ProMS is used as light ERP system by SMEs providing forest services, maintaining forest roads or acquiring bioenergy. The service can be customised according to your specific needs. ProMS platform can also be used for exploiting and sharing open data, geospatial analysis and monitoring vegetation.
Forest HQ brings together forest valuation, management and harvesting in a single on-line platform. In addition, a new module to manage forest certification is arriving to solve the bureaucratic burden of forest certification. It will allow forest managers to create, fill in and track on-line forms to comply with the certification schemes of their choice (PEFC, FSC and similar), and forward them to required third parties. Another module to assess and track carbon storage in the forest is under development.
WoodsApp simplifies forest management by bringing information from multiple sources together in one smart, easy-to-use app. As a result, both the forest owners and the forest owner associations have an overview of the condition of the forest at all times. This helps to identify damage in good time and to practice sustainable forestry in the long term, even in small private forests.
LasInfo is a full-scale management support system for managers of forests and natural resources in various organisational and legal contexts. It is a comprehensive solution which includes a centralised data management module, geographic information system, desktop and mobile device applications, support for all forest management processes and integration of information flow throughout the organisation in various settings.
Digital solutions for soil monitoring - 21 March 2022
The SOCiT app, developed for Apple and Android devices, is capable of providing an estimate of soil organic matter content using positional information and a photograph of the topsoil. While not as accurate as laboratory analysis, it can give a useful indication of soil OM content for land managers.
The use of heavy machinery in skid trails continues to cause changes in the topsoil. There is a need for decision-making aids for timber harvesting operations and for operational planning over short periods of time (2-4 weeks), taking into account current meteorological conditions. The BefahrGut project aims at developing a dynamic traffic risk forecast for large forestry machinery. The use of in-situ measurement of soil water content for accurate predictions of the soil water content is a part of the project.
Maintaining site productivity requires the conservation of soil resources, particularly by reducing or preventing soil disturbance. The forest soil disturbance monitoring protocol (LURSOIL app) describes how to monitor forest sites after management activities for physical attributes that could influence site resilience and long-term sustainability. This tool aimed at strengthening a policy framework that can enhance sustainable forest management and the multifunctional role of forests in a context of increased demand for forest-based goods and services.
Our ecosystem of collaborators
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