Industry Solutions : Forestry

Timber Managers and Forestry Specialists are faced with significant challenges such as deforestation, sustainability, regulation, veldfire etc. Sustainable management of tree based natural resources is integral in our ecosystem and management thereof is critical for our future economy and climate.

Dealing with these challenges requires innovative solutions.

Geospatial Software, High Resolution Satellite Imagery and Elevation data allow Forestry Experts to visually plan, design, balance and implement various competing project and resources.

GEO Data Design offers state of the art geospatial solutions from data capturing software through high resolution satellite imagery such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-1, -2 and -3, QuickBird, Pléiades and SPOT6 & 7 sensors to geographic information modelling and analysis with Hexagon Geospatial (ERDAS is an Intergraph Brand) Remote Sensing and GIS software.

Digital Terrain Models (DTM) and Digital Surface Models (DSM) with 3D capable GIS applications provide Forestry Experts with the necessary technical information to query, edit, analyse and manage one of the earth’s most valuable resources.

Applications Include:

  • Broad area mapping
  • Surveying, evaluating, and monitoring forest health
  • Up-to-the-minute data and analysis regarding timber harvesting, production, and inventory
  • Fuel analysis and the identification of areas where the danger of fire is high

Digital terrain models (DTM) and Digital Surface Models (DSM) with 3D capable GIS applications provide forestry experts with the necessary technical specifications to query, edit, analyse and manage one of the earth’s most valuable resources.


Forestry Geospatial Solutions

Recommended Data Sources

GEO Data Design recommends the following Satellite Imagery and Elevation Data for use in Forestry projects:

High Resolution Satellite Imagery

Sensor Resolution Multispectral Bands*
GeoEye-1 40cm/50 cm Blue/Green/Red/Near Infrared + Panchromatic
Worldview-1 40cm/50 cm Panchromatic
Worldview-2 40cm/50 cm Coastal/Blue/Green/Yellow/Red/Red Edge/Near Infrared 1 & 2 + Panchromatic
WorldView-3 30cm/40cm/50 cm Coastal/Blue/Green/Yellow/Red/Red Edge/Near Infrared 1 & 2/SWIR + Panchromatic
Quickbird 60 cm Blue/Green/Red/Near Infrared + Panchromatic
Pléiades 50cm Blue/Green/Red/Near Infrared + Panchromatic
SPOT6/7 1.5m Blue/Green/Red/Near Infrared + Panchromatic

High Resolution Elevation Data

Dataset DTM/DSM Resolution Contours
Mapping 2m, 4m, 8m 16m
Precision 2m, 4m 8m
Very High Precision 2m 4m
Elevation 1 1m 3m
Elevation 4 4m 5m
Elevation 8 8m 10m
Elevation 10 10m 10m
Elevation 30 30m
WorldDEM 12m
These products are available as DTMs or DSMs
Contours are only available for DTMs
Included Processing: Hydro enforcement, road flattening and shaded relief

Recommended Software


Highlighted Add-on’s

  • IMAGINE Photogrammetry
  • Radar Mapping Suite
  • DeltaCue - Change Detection


Highlighted Add-on’s

  • Geomedia Database Manager
  • Geomedia Mapping Manager


Highlighted Add-on’s