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KBM Presenting at 36th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing

Contact Dr. Jili Li at kbm%23on%23ca|jli for more information

KBM’s Dr. Jili Li will be presenting preliminary findings of his research at this years’ Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing (CSRS). Dr. Li is on the quest to improve the efficiency and accuracy of tree inventories by developing reliable automated classification systems. One of his first research questions is whether vertical and horizontal aspects of a tree crown can manifest themselves as a structural ‘texture’ measurement, which could be used to differentiate tree species.

To date, Dr. Li has found that two key aspects require further investigation before the LiDAR data are applied for operational applications at the individual tree crown level.  Specifically, for species identification these are: 1) how to handle the large data volumes required and related computation costs; 2) developing an effective data fusion methodology.

His presentation, titled “An individual tree-based framework to support operational forest resources inventory using full-waveform airborne LiDAR data” will be presented at the CSRS in St. John’s at the June 8-11 CSRS event.

Aggregate – A Necessary and Strategic Resource

Contact Karen Saunders, Senior Resource Management Consultant at 807-345-5445 ext. 225 or kbm%23on%23ca|ksaunders for more information.

Aggregate pit orthoimagery and LiDAR (3D view), KBM Resources Group

It’s not nearly as sexy as gold or diamonds nor nearly as complex and dynamic as forest ecosystems.  But dig a little deeper and it’s impossible to deny the importance of sand, gravel and crushed stone – and that makes it exciting!  Whether you’re building or maintaining roads, pipelines, airstrips or other infrastructure, or mixing up concrete or asphalt, you can’t do it without aggregate.  And the closer the source, the lower the cost.

In Ontario, the extraction of aggregates is overseen by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). MNRF has long recognized the importance of aggregate; that’s why it has its own Act – the Aggregate Resources Act, 1990.  The Act and its associated regulations and policies set out the process and legislated timelines associated with obtaining permits and licences for aggregate extraction.  (Permits are required for extraction on Crown land and licences are required for extraction on private land.)

KBM can help you through all of the steps involved in permitting or licensing a pit or quarry while adding value with our streamlined approach. 

Drones: The Next Generation

Contact Stephane Audet at 807-345-5445 ext. 229 or kbm%23on%23ca|saudet for more information.

KBM’s new drone (Uninhabited Aerial System or UAS) is being designed to deliver enhanced accuracy for projects that require survey grade data acquisition. Clients will benefit from the upgraded RQ-265 UAS model, which is currently being manufactured with many new improvements:

  • The air frame has had a major revamp with a focus on ease of use and strength.
  • Camera positioning will be improved with the integration of Differential GPS (DGPS) that allows for the reading of GPS raw data post flight.
  • The new sensor lineup will include the Sony A7R 36.4 megapixel full-frame sensor.
  • The new RQ-265 continues to provide a stable and optimized system for imaging of large areas that incorporates the newest sensor technology with enhanced camera positioning capability.

News from the KBM Hangar

Contact Ian Gillies, Chief Pilot at 807-345-5445 ext. 241 or kbm%23on%23ca|igillies for more information.

KBM achieved AMO certification in April 2015 and is now a Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO). Our AMO is certified for maintenance on commercially registered aircraft, with current approvals for all single and twin engine Pipers and single-engine Cessna aircraft. The AMO certification supports KBM’s commitment to maintaining strict safety standards, and will minimize downtime using dedicated in house maintenance personnel and infrastructure resources.

Mining Services Update

Contact Glen Swant at 807-345-5445 ext. 250 or kbm%23on%23ca|gswant for more information.

With mining on the upswing in Ontario, KBM Resources Group has been assisting mining sector clients with services to facilitate the permitting and construction process. Most recently, KBM field staff have assisted with the development of transmission line infrastructure by evaluating:   

  • Existing conditions in the vicinity of the proposed transmission line corridor roads;
  • Any upgrades required for the existing access roads to be used for construction and maintenance; 
  • Specific permitting requirements, and,
  • Any potential operational constraints.

KBM recently assessed the existing condition of roads in the area and determined the location of possible access points to a proposed transmission line. Other information collected included water crossing locations and the identification of potential aggregate sources. KBM used LiDAR data provided by the client to delineate areas that could hinder ground access during construction, including significant elevation drops or low-lying wetland areas. 

Drawing on KBM’s local expertise and established working relationships, our staff can offer recommendations to help make the permitting process as smooth as possible.

The Future of Saskatchewan’s Forests – Break out the Crystal Ball!

Contact Karen Saunders at 807-345-5445 ext. 225 or kbm%23on%23ca|ksaunders for more information.

In the fall of 2014, KBM joined forces with the Saskatchewan Research Council, and Peter Duinker of Dalhousie University to organize and deliver a scenario planning workshop to a group of diverse stakeholders from Saskatchewan’s forest sector.  The idea was to explore some plausible futures for Saskatchewan’s forests using a specialized strategic planning tool.

Scenario planning, also called scenario thinking or scenario analysis, is a strategic planning method that some organizations use to make flexible long-term plans. Scenario planning started in the world of military intelligence where simulation games are used to test theories of warfare in a way that avoids real-life hostility. In the business world, many companies (e.g., Royal Dutch/Shell) have been using and refining scenario planning processes for over 45 years. Unlike the statistical and scientific models that KBM works with regularly, this way of looking at the future is not about predicting the future based on the past.

The focus of scenario planning is to identify the least predictable aspects of the future; which are often related to elements of social change like values and politics.  Scenario planning helps to break the habit of assuming that the future will look like the present, thereby uncovering possibilities that may otherwise have been overlooked.

Organizations start by identifying drivers of future change and honing in on those with the highest level of uncertainty.  Those drivers of change are then used to shape detailed plausible scenarios of what could happen between now and sometime well into the future.

As they contemplated the future of Saskatchewan’s forests, the Saskatchewan workshop participants were engaged, open-minded and enthusiastic.  It is inevitable that some of the thinking and ideas that emerged from those two days will become incorporated into day-to-day decision making – whether consciously or not.  On a more structured level, the government of Saskatchewan (who commissioned the workshop) can use the results to guide strategic planning exercises and as a framework through which to filter policy decision.

If you’re looking for a process that can help to expose links between things like risk management, innovation, and the development of strategic plans, scenario planning could be your answer.  It can help people to think beyond their gut instincts; to think creatively about the future.  As much art as it is science, scenario planning is a creative process that opens minds.

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