ForestTECH 2022

Remote Sensing, Inventory Management, Mechanised Silviculture
  • 15-16 Nov 2022, Rotorua, New Zealand
    22-23 Nov 2022, Melbourne, Australia
    15-16 Nov 2022, Virtual Event
ForestTECH is Australasia’s premier forestry technology series. It’s run annually for forest resource managers, remote sensing specialists, inventory foresters, forest establishment and tree crop managers

Event Summary

Another event record with over 300 delegates attending the end of year technology series, ForestTECH 2023 run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). Because of recent Covid travel and meeting restrictions, the ForestTECH series ran for the first time in three years in both Rotorua, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia. The industry (resource managers, inventory foresters, data capture, mapping and GIS specialists, tree crop managers and those involved in forest establishment) really turned out in force.

As well as meeting face to face, forestry companies from across Australia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia. Brazil, Chile, USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland and Latvia participated remotely with live streaming being offered from the NZ leg of the series. This in addition to similar turnouts over the last few years, again reinforces the international standing that this annual forestry technology series now has.

Since 2020, the cross over between new data collection technologies for forest estate reporting and operational planning and precision forestry innovations around forest establishment, mechanised planting and tree crop management have meant that these two major themes have been combined into the one single event. This same split, based on delegate feedback from the last on-line event run in February 2022, was again used very effectively for ForestTECH 2022. In addition to the conference, exhibitions and four pre-and post-conference workshops were also run for on-site delegates.

Technology Updates

  1. Trial results and key lessons from 2022 commercial mechanised planting operations with pine and eucalypts in Australia
  2. Results from 2022 trials using hydrogels at the time of planting to extend the planting season
  3. Insights into how fleets of mechanised planting machines are being employed across steeper slopes in South America
  4. How GPS planting spades being used commercially this year have performed
  5. New Scandinavian mechanised planting systems being used in Sweden and North America. Opportunities in switching from the traditional excavator to forwarder base units
  6. Innovations in GNSS. Recent advances in satellite-based corrections to assist in field mapping, data capture and activity reporting
  7. Commercial use of hyperspectral imagery (SWIR and NIR) in Forestal Arauco Chilean forests and nursery operations

All event delegates have received copies of the detailed presentations given as part of the ForestTECH 2022 series.

Next Event

Planning for future events has already started. If you, or one of your colleagues, is interested in presenting, please forward details to We would especially like to hear about recent trials and the integration of research into your operations. If you are willing to share lessons from the roll-out of new technology or smart operating practices with a wider audience, we’d like to hear from you.

Who Attended

Forestry managers | forest owners | technical foresters | forestry consultants | forest researchers | forest resource managers | inventory foresters | technology & equipment suppliers | forest GIS & remote sensing specialists | tree crop, forest establishment & silvicultural managers.

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