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The development of a digital image scanner and image processing system for the measurement of growing plantation trees

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3 Author(s)
Weehuizen, M. ; Massey Univ., Palmerston North, New Zealand ; Pugmire, R.H. ; Hodgson, R.M.

This paper reports on a major project in applied digital image processing systems engineering. The project is referred to as the TreeScan project and is concerned with the on-site, precision, non-contact measurement of a range of features including the volume and form of growing pine trees. In New Zealand, a typical mature plantation forest pine tree is over 35 m tall and 0.5 m in diameter at the base, the terrain is also rough and rugged. In 1996 each mature tree was worth about NZ$300 which is equivalent to about 130 pounds sterling. Following a brief background to the commissioning of the project, the initial system specifications are reviewed. A description of the TreeScan system as finally engineered is followed by more detailed consideration of aspects of the system and its calibration and evaluation

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Image Processing and Its Applications, 1997., Sixth International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

14-17 Jul 1997