- Ireland-based, Treemetrics has developed patent pending software for estimating tree volume from laser scans.
- This can lead to significant improvement in forest management.
- Currently the plan is for the data processing to be done by Treemetrics.
Irish foresters – you don’t usually see this profession in Ireland, but according to Enda Keane, chief executive of Cork-based TreeMetrics they are becoming known around the world for their ability to measure the volume and quality of timber in a forest. His firm has developed a new technology to literally “see the wood from the trees”. It’s a laser-based system that scans the trees, then with Treemetrics’ patent pending software analyzes the data to simulate and optimize how best to use the forest resources, tree by tree.
Basically TreeMetrics has found that by obtaining one scan per hectare their software is capable of accurately predicting the stand volume. Enda notes that, “globally on average 20 per cent of the value of the forest is lost at harvest time around the world. They lose that value by producing waste and loss through bad decisions. It goes back to the old adage that if you don’t measure properly you don’t manage properly.”
The current business model is for clients to do the scanning and then send the data to Treemetrics to do the data processing. I am not sure that this is a viable long term model, but time will tell.