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Forest Technology Standards

In this article I would like to consider the topic of Technology Utilization in the Forestry Profession. Forestry technology exists in many different formats, and there are likely more providers today than at any other time in the history of our profession. So, I think it is best to frame […]

Exploratory Data Analysis

In this post we will journey on an expedition to explore a forestry dataset using Data Science tools available in Python. Python is an Object-Oriented programming language commonly used in the Geospatial and Data Science fields. As an example scenario, we will work with two datasets that resemble common Stand […]

Data-Driven Forestry – Part I

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” W. Edwards Deming In the increasingly competitive digital-age, there is a growing trend for companies to adopt data-driven processes and business cultures. In this post I will discuss what it means for companies to utilize data-driven processes, and how this might […]

Software Adoption for Forest Companies

Forest companies, large and small, need databases and software for managing their ongoing business operations. Early in my career, this meant large single-purpose software applications running on desktop computers, Enterprise software running on dedicated servers, and bulky field computers running MSDOS. Today, companies have more software options available for meeting […]

Monitor Forest Health with Satellite Imagery

Satellite imagery is a complement to GIS data in the forest industry for geospatial mapping and analyses, but new uses will continue to emerge as satellite imagery becomes more available and affordable. As a result, companies should be familiar with additional uses beyond the traditional mapping functionality that most forest […]

Machine Learning in Forestry

Machine Learning (ML) is one of the new buzz words in the field of Data Science. I see machine learning articles, tutorials, and blog posts on websites and LinkedIn almost daily. So what is it, and does it have realistic applications for the forest industry now, or is it just […]

The Forest Data Dilemma

Thanks to companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google, the modern company is familiar with terms such as “The Cloud” and “Big Data”.  With new analytical tools and faster processing capabilities, companies are rethinking their business processes to take advantage of massive amounts of public and private data that are available? But […]