Remsoft Inc. honoured for technological innovation
May 8th, 2003
Fredericton, NB - Remsoft Inc. - Fredericton-based developers of software for natural resources management - has been honoured with a KIRA award for Technological Innovation (Private Sector). The company received the award for Spatial Woodstock - a software package for mapping forest management plans and other land uses - that was released in November 2002. Spatial Woodstock instantly struck a chord with foresters and other custodians of the world's forest resources when launched in November 2002 and was quickly adopted by forest product companies, governments, consultants and academics for integrated land management. In the six months since it was released, Spatial Woodstock has been put to use mapping grizzly bear habitat in Alberta and old growth forests in Tasmania and is being used to calculate Kyoto Accord Carbon Credits in New South Wales, Australia and for multiple-use planning in US National Forests. "Computer models of forests are made up of thousands of lines of code and until now there has been no easy way to envision what those models will look like on the ground," explained Andrea Feunekes, President of Remsoft who accepted the award at the Kira gala dinner at the Fredericton Sheraton. "Using Spatial Woodstock, forest analysts can see how activities such as silviculture or harvesting will play out on the landscape now and in the future. There is no other software tool out there can do this." With these capabilities at hand, land managers can verify that their plans will meet their set objectives, whether commercial, conservation or otherwise. This is the second time Remsoft Inc. has won a Kira award: The company received a Kira in the Export - Product category in 2000.
About Remsoft Founded in 1992 by University of New Brunswick graduates Andrea and Ugo Feunekes (the president and vice-president, respectively), Remsoft Inc. makes commercial software for forest managed and wildfire information management. Headquartered in a Victorian-era house in downtown Fredericton, the high-tech company develops, markets and distributes its five software packages, including Spatial Woodstock, to clients around the world. The business, which employs six full-time staff, also provides support for all its software products and delivers training courses from these premises. Remsoft invests in an ongoing research and development program, continually improving on these products and releasing software upgrades several times each year.