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MSc thesis subject: Forest Management Marteloscope as augmented reality

A marteloscope (from the French term martelage = marking trees for cutting) is a multimedia approach to study forest stand management impacts. A marteloscope is an area of forest (typically 0.5-1 ha) that is completely mapped and inventoried, where students and professionals can mark trees for removal based on specified management goals. Special software calculates the outcome of the intervention and thus enables participants to directly evaluate the consequences of their proposed intervention.

Recent technologies to gather data (ground based Lidar), to present data (3D visualisation), to model data (dynamic models to simulate growth), may provide a powerful extension to the evaluation software, especially when these can be accessed through web services.

The site http://www.megeve.com/martelloscope/  shows an example of visualizing a marteloscope which is mainly based on 360° photographs (more or less like Google Streetview).

In many European countries marteloscopes have been installed as a training and communication platform for students and professionals. The Forest Ecology and Management (FEM) chair group is currently engaged in the European research project INTEGRATE, in which the design of marteloscopes and the evaluating software will harmonized

(see http://www.eficent.efi.int/portal/projects/integrate/)

We expect that you will bring knowledge, experiences and curiosity concerning GIS tools (incl model building / (python) scripting ) / geo-webservices / LIDAR data processing and geo-visualization and Forestry management.


  • To find a proof of concept of creating visualisation software for a marteloscope that may be used as an augmented reality application and to offer an improved learning experience.
  • The application should show the current forest stand, the stand as it will appear after trees are removed, and the stand after several years of growth, preferably on a field device (tablet /smartphone).
  • This type of study could have different foci considering the geodata cycle. However the focus will be on a virtual stand representation (3D) that can be used outdoors on location as an augmented reality application. The case study will be focussed on an existing marteloscope in Oostereng near Wageningen. Other test stands can be used for validation.

Literature / References

  • Bogdanou. et al 2013 Use of the internet and social media in the forestry profession in the United Kingdom International Forestry Review Vol.15(2), 2013
  • Wilson et al, 2013 Progress of adoption of alternative silvicultural systems in Britain: an independent review, Technical report 2013
  • Louwsma, J. et al 2006 Specifying and Implementing Constraints in GIS—with Examples from a Geo-Virtual Reality System, GeoInformatica (2006) 10: 531–550
  • Van Lammeren et al 2002 Virtual Reality in the Landscape design process In: Landscape planning in the era of globalisation / D. Ogrin, I. Marusic & T. Simanic. - [S.l.] : [s.n.], 2002 - p. 158 - 165
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Theme: Modelling & visualisation, Empowering & engaging communities