Coillte is a commercial company operating in forestry, land based businesses, renewable energy and panel products. The company employs approx 1,200 people and was established in 1988. It owns over 445,000 hectares of land, about 7% of the land cover of Ireland. Coillte is organized into three divisions: Coillte Panel Products, which manages its major panel products companies, Coillte Forest which manages the Group’s forestry business and Coillte Enterprise which comprise a range of businesses developed from the company’s core skills and forest assets, including land development and Training and Safety.
Coillte make extensive use of OSi digital mapping and air flown orthophotography and Lidar imagery for the planning and management of their forestry resources. Lidar imagery gives Coillte access to tree height information which informs their tree felling rotations based on crop maturity. OSi wind mapping is also vital for planning to prevent the spread of fires in forest locations.
In 2008 alone, Coillte built 117 km of new roads (through forest parks) and upgraded a further 167 km of existing roads – each having to be carefully planned using OSi mapping.
3 D modeling allows Coillte to access the impact of new forestry development on existing resources and they can plan accordingly in line with their environmental protection standards and policies.
OSi Data Bases employed
- Large Scale Mapping.
- Small and Medium Scales Mapping.
- High and low level imagery and orthophotography.
- Height models and Lidar models.