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Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) plays a lead role in connecting people to services in the ACT, through an integrated transport network, upgrades to the public realm and managing public assets such as playgrounds, street furniture and urban trees.

TCCS is reviewing the way it manages its urban forest to ensure Canberra remains a green city. Before TCCS could improve its tree management strategy, it needed to establish a baseline for the city’s urban tree canopy.


TCCS chose Safe Software’s FME application to analyse and extract aerial LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) data relating to trees and combine it with ground-based audit data. It also engaged 1Spatial, a Safe Software Value Added Reseller and Platinum Partner, for consulting services to accelerate the process.


The LiDAR data was crucial in determining the tree canopy cover. TCCS can now see which suburbs and streets have less tree cover than others and better target its tree management strategy.

TCCS can also use the new data to facilitate implementation of the urban tree planting program and communicate with key stakeholders using Web mapping tools.

Case Study

Transport Canberra and City Services maps tree canopy from aerial laser scan with FME and 1Spatial

“Within a week, 1Spatial had a good product output, and then we ran some refinements over the next week. We used out-of-the-box smoothing algorithms in FME to generate very compelling data for our analysis.”

Daniel Goodwin Acting Manager, Asset & Data Integration, TCCS


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