Foundry Cycle in China 2022

Slope Classification Digital Mapping with Stora Enso


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Stora Enso relies on sustainable forest and plantation management to ensure the long-term availability of wood, our most significant renewable raw material. Identifying each forest site’s particular characteristics such as soil, terrain and vegetation, is essential for long-term forestry planning. Now we are looking to find a solution for forest slope classification by creating a colour-coded digital map or drawing based on satellite or drones images.

Opportunity overview

Stora Enso manages 81,000 ha of forest land in Southern China, Guangxi region. Identifying the slope categories in these forest sites is crucial for safety forestry operations and feasible operational planning. Understanding the terrain and slope classes is important for increasing the efficiency of using correct methods for correct soil classes in the forest. Hence, Stora Enso is now looking for solutions that could generate slope categorization maps by interpreting existing drone or satellite images. This would allow the company to recognize steep slopes from a safety standpoint, as well as understand which machines to utilize and where.

Stora Enso is looking for solutions that can create pixel-based terrain maps instead of topographic contour maps, due to prevailing legislation. The goal is to find cutting-edge technologies that would first analyse and categorise the slopes and then expand the analysis further by using Artificial Intelligence to provide more optimized planning processes. The potential solution would analyse satellite, drone or LiDAR images. The potential solutions we are looking for could include but are not limited to, image recognition software, web platforms with data analysing capabilities and Artificial Intelligence. Do you have a solution for us?

Your opportunity with Stora Enso

Today, Stora Enso is one of the largest private forest owners in the world with forest assets valued at more than EUR 7 billion (land and biological assets) in 2020. Globally, Stora Enso owns or manages lands covering a total area of more than 2.0 million hectares. We are ultimately looking for a long-term outsource partner who wants to work with us to further develop digital mapping and platform solutions. We would like to work together and share our industry knowledge to provide you valuable information enabling your company further opportunities within the industry.

Focus Areas

Examples of solutions we’re interested in

Image recognition solutions

Image recognition software solutions that can interpret and analyse satellite/drone/liDAR images

Web platform solutions

A platform into which upload and process the drone photos with image data analysing capabilities

AI technology

Artificial Intelligence technology to identify and classify the images