Sam Hillman

Associate student
Sam Hillman

Sam Hillman’s PhD is investigating the utility of point clouds for fuel hazard estimation. His project will explore the use of image-based point clouds generated from consumer-grade cameras and terrestrial laser scanners for describing cover, height and structure characteristics of below canopy vegetation.

Sam is also a seasonal firefighter and application developer for Forest Fire Management Victoria. In his role, he works in consultation with operational staff to develop mapping products for data collection and fuel hazard estimation. Sam was awarded the 2019 International Association of Wildland Fire scholarship, receiving US$3,000 toward his PhD.

Student project

Quantifying and characterising vegetation as fuel is essential for informing a wide range of fire management activities such as assessing bushfire risk, planning fuel treatments, and managing smoke emissions.

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This project was commissioned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria.
19 Sep 2018
Fuels3D is a smart-phone app coupled with photogrammetry and computer vision techniques to produce...
Fuels3D: what's the point?
29 Jun 2017
The Fuels3D app provides a low cost data collection method for estimating fuel hazard metrics....

Resources credited

Type Released Title Download Key Topics
Presentation-Slideshow 17 Oct 2019 Fuels3D PDF icon Save (5.15 MB) fire, fire impacts
Presentation-Slideshow 27 Aug 2019 Fuels3D and the assessment of bark hazard PDF icon Save (13.38 MB) fire, fire impacts
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Sep 2017 Mapping the efficacy of an Australian fuel reduction burn using Fuels3D point clouds PDF icon Save (1.6 MB) fuel reduction, modelling, prescribed burning

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