RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND INNOVATION
Our company is committed to implementing new technologies in the forestry sector, and as such research, development, and innovation are core pillars of GEA Forestal.
The forestry sector and its associated products, such as wood, cork, resin, etc., are benefitting from all the utilities that new technologies offer us. At GEA Forestal we work to develop applications of diverse technologies for the sector to generate environmental, economic, and social benefits.
Among the technologies we work with, we emphasize: near-infrared, satellite remote sensing, drones, GIS, or applications for cell phones.
SOME OF OUR PROJECTS
USING NIR TO PREDICT THE VARIABLES OF WOOD
Our goal is to use near-infrared technology in the wood sector. With this technology, it is possible to identify the species and origin of the wood, as well as other physical variables such as moisture, density, etc. These measurements can be made in both roundwood as well as boards and tables prior to the application of any treatment.
NIRCORK: Applying near-infrared technology to cork allows us to know its qualities and ensures the traceability of the product. This technology offers a great advance for the cork sector, which is especially important in the South and East of Spain.
SETAPP: MYCOLOGICAL PARTS
The purpose of the Setapp project is to create computer applications to manufacture the mycological parts and design the necessary supports for distribution to the general population. This is intended to provide tools to managers and harvesters in order to better use the mycological parts.
This project aims to optimize the fauna census by utilizing driverless cars and thermal infrared cameras to detect fauna. The collected information can then be used to develop algorithms to create geographic information systems that automatically count the species.
At GEA Forestal we believe that technology should be at the service of society and that it should contribute to the betterment of the environment. Accordingly, as part of our research, development, and innovation projects we, in collaboration with the computer company Kaleidos, are developing Ecometer– an educational software program about the environment.