ImageTree awarded Forest Inventory patent

ImageTree awarded Forest Inventory patent


Morgantown, USA, October 25, 2007 — ImageTree, the Precision Forestry Company, has been awarded a patent for extracting forest inventory data gathered through remote sensing technology. ImageTree provides comprehensive assessments of forest assets, which are used by forest investors and managers to make better, more informed decisions about forest investment management and timberland management practices.

ImageTree’s patented forest inventory system includes:

  • Collecting images through remote sensing
  • Defining stands by analyzing these images
  • Assessing every visible tree crown in the stands with ForestSense software
  • Correlating tree crown images with random ground sampling
  • Extracting key inventory data and combining it with biometric models to determine key inventory information like diameter breast height (dbh), species, grade, volume and trees per acre
  • Reporting forest data by acre, stand and/or property that is used to make the site-specific management decisions required for precision forestry.

    The key to ImageTree’s patented process is the ForestSense software, which creates polygons for visible tree crowns, then measures and analyzes the details of each polygon to build the forest inventory. The resulting metrics are unparalleled in terms of accuracy and precision compared to conventional inventory methods.

    “Our forest inventory system captures information from every visible tree crown,” said Mark Redlus, ImageTree Chief Executive Officer, “which allows us to produce a highly accurate, precise forest inventory. Forest asset managers can reduce their overall inventory costs by up to 25 percent because the ImageTree process reduces manual, labor-intensive inventory expenses.”