Trimble eCognition Oil Palm Application (OPA) enables a comprehensive platform for analysing aerial data. Simple upload of orthophoto, digital surface and digital terrain models gets users on their way. Upload block boundaries from existing records or use our boundary creation tools to identify an area of analysis, then let the solution automatically detect and index the total number of palms, individual palm GNSS coordinates, palm height and crowne size. This data can be easily exported to an existing GIS database for further analysis. This data can further assist plantation managers, sustainability professionals and finance professionals in understanding fertilizer requirements, yield potential, modeling of greenhouse gas emissions and other aspects of the environmental footprint, as well as asset valuation for accounting and audit purposes.
eCogntion OPA provides the flexibility for data from different UAV sensors to be understood, not simply through automatic palm count, but also the terrain and surface information so often critical to the success and productivity of a plantation. Extracting from the digital surface model, a unique tool enables the modeling of the underlying terrain, which can help inform agronomists, engineers, and plantation managers about problems with slope, accessibility, and other points of optimization.
Climate change, disease, poor irrigation and fertilization all impact palm health. OPA provides a tool to automate the detection of stressed palms and other anomalies in a data set, based on parameters and sensitivities defined by the user. Similarly, location and condition of palms detected as anomalous can be provided to field teams for further inspection and verification, expediting the management of poor palm health and disease spread.
Trimble eCognition OPA provides plantation managers tools to assess land use productivity by automatically detecting land cover not occupied by palms. Following detection of unused land, or “gaps”, users can model the total potential of this unused area by analysing how many palms could occupy the unused land. Users can also assess the land use by looking at the density of palms in an area of cultivation. Both tools work to identify wasted land that could be better utilized, as well as help the planning and decision making process for new planting.
Plantations are large and complicated places to work. To assist in providing actionable information to stakeholders that do not interact with geospatial data on a daily basis, Trimble eCognition OPA includes a report generation tool that provides a simple template, basic statistics, as well as images for whomever is reading the report.