ForestTECH 2024

Remote Sensing, Inventory Management, Mechanised Silviculture
  • 20-21 Nov 2024, Rotorua, New Zealand
    26-27 Nov 2024, Melbourne, Australia
    20-21 Nov 2024, 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

ForestTECH 2024

What is the ForestTECH series?

The annual ForestTECH series is the one single technology event every year that’s the must attend event for foresters across Australasia. It’s well established and since 2019, has attracted a very strong international audience with delegates from 15-20 countries attending either in person – or remotely – every year.

It’s been run as a technology series in both New Zealand and Australia since 2007 providing an independent platform showcasing new and emerging technologies in remote sensing, data capture, inventory management and precision silviculture.

The adoption and use of new technologies by forest companies and the willingness to share lessons from in-forest trials and commercial operations across the wider industry has been one of the key strengths of this annual series.

What’s planned for 2024?

Since 2020, the cross over between new data collection technologies for forest estate reporting and operational planning along with innovations in nursery management, forest establishment, mechanised planting, automated silviculture and tree crop management have meant that these two major themes have been combined into the one single event.

Research and reporting on research results isn’t the core focus of the ForestTECH series. Rather, it’s the practical integration of this research into forest operations and what it means operationally and financially to some of these early adopters.

Again, overwhelmingly, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors at the ForestTECH 2023 series were in favour of using this same split, combining the two main themes of remote sensing and data capture technologies and precision silviculture innovations. This will again be providing the core focus for content this year for the November ForestTECH 2024 series.

Interested in presenting in 2024?

If by November of this year, you or one of your colleagues might be in a position to present and report back on recent trials, talk more widely to foresters on the integration of research operationally into your own forest operations or you can share lessons from the roll out of some of this new technology or smart operating practices, then we’d like to hear from you. Please forward details through to


Who Attends?

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.

Event Speakers

Kevin Lim Profile Image

Kevin Lim

CEO, Lim Geomatics
Sam West Profile Image

Sam West

GIS Analyst, Interpine Group
Winyu Chinthammit Profile Image

Winyu Chinthammit

Research Leader - Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT lab), School of ICT, University of Tasmania
Dale Fried Profile Image

Dale Fried

Founder & CEO, 3DEO
David Herries Profile Image

David Herries

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Interpine Group
Bianca Andreis Profile Image

Bianca Andreis

Planning & Development Lead Forester, HQPlantations
Mitch White Profile Image

Mitch White

Founder, Aspect Holdings Limited
Scott Spooner Profile Image

Scott Spooner

CEO and CTO, SPS Automation Limited
Simon Elisha Profile Image

Simon Elisha

Chief Technologist - Australia, New Zealand & Oceania, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
David Knox Profile Image

David Knox

Principal Data Scientist & AI Lead, Lynker Analytics
Richard Lawler Profile Image

Richard Lawler

Director of Forestry Production Systems & Strategy, Construction and Forestry Division, John Deere
Jiri Jormakka Profile Image

Jiri Jormakka

Co-founder and COO, Kelluu
Lee Stamm Profile Image

Lee Stamm

Senior Resource Analyst, Forestry Corporation of NSW
Anna Wallner Profile Image

Anna Wallner

Project Manager, Sodra
Claire Stewart Profile Image

Claire Stewart

Manager- Precision Silviculture Programme, Forest Growers Research
Johan Ekenstedt Profile Image

Johan Ekenstedt

CEO, Arboreal Forest
Henry Ines Profile Image

Henry Ines

CEO, Chainparency
Jodie Mason Profile Image

Jodie Mason

Head of Forest Research, FWPA
South Africa
Kabir Peerbhay Profile Image

Kabir Peerbhay

Principal Research Officer, Sappi
John Said Profile Image

John Said

Lead Forester, HQPlantations


We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, technology suppliers, researchers and government bodies within the forestry community to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions, please contact Brent Apthorp via or (+64) 21 227 5177.
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Programme | Rotorua, New Zealand

Timezone: NZDT

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tue 19 November 2024
Remote Sensing User Group Meeting, Rydges Hotel, Rotorua

Presentations will be given by a mix of researchers and industry staff around a range of remote sensing topics and their application to the forest industry.

Mike Watt, Project Leader, Scion co-ordinating meeting

Day One

Wed 20 November 2024
Remote Sensing, Data Capture & Forest Inventory
Registration & Exhibits Open
Lunch & Networking
Artificial Intelligence: Adopting transformative changes to redefine your business

Opportunities, benefits and challenges of AI technology and its use

David Knox, Principal of Data Science/AI Lead, Lynker Analytics
Revolutionising Aerial Monitoring

A unique solution for future data collection – using autonomous hydrogen powered airships.  How creating high-resolution digital models has taken resource monitoring in Finland to new levels

Jiri Jormakka, Chief Operating Officer, Kelluu, Finland
TreeTools. A new operational tool for managing pre and post thinning assessments

Leveraging advanced data such as LiDAR and RGB imagery to better manage your tree thinning operations

David Herries, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer & Director, Interpine Group & industry presenter (tbc)
Using your Phone as a Digital Inventory Tool

A new in-forest designed and developed tree measurement application using an in-phone LiDAR scanner. Presentation and live demo of the ongoing Sintetic-project where Arboreal is building the mobile solution to close the value chain of forest products

Johan Ekenstedt, Founder & CEO, Arboreal AB, Sweden
Technology Showcase
Afternoon Tea & Networking
Quantifying Forest Slash using Machine Learning to meet NES-CS Regulations
Sam West, Senior GIS Consultant, Interpine Group
The Next Generation of Disruptive Geiger mode Airborne LiDAR Technology

Efficient mapping of large areas in ultra-high resolution

  1. What differentiates airborne Geiger-mode from other modalities and technologies
  2. Case study of forest mapping, giving area collection rates and ways of employing lidar sensors in order to achieve a desired point density near the ground
  3. Use cases of the data: what questions can be answered using different collection densities
Dr Dale Fried, Founder & CEO of 3DEO, USA & Lee Stamm, Senior Resource Analyst Forestry Corporation of NSW, Australia

Improving Operating Efficiencies Across the Forest Supply Chain

Precision Forestry Tools - from Forest Nursery to Market

Innovative new smart forestry tools being developed and used in-house by a major global wood fibre provider

Kabir Peerbhay Principal Research Officer, Sappi Southern Africa (Remote)
Canada’s Forest Machine Connectivity project

Using an Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform to identify bottlenecks and improve productivity in real time throughout the supply chain

Kevin Lim, CEO, Lim Geomatics Inc, Canada
Pioneering Transparency in the Forest Supply Chain

A new blockchain-based data management and digital track and traceability system enabling real-time collection, recording, sharing, and auditing of supply chain data

Henry Ines, CEO, Chainparency, USA
Refreshments & Networking

Day Two

Thu 21 November 2024
Tree Crop Management, Forest Establishment & Mechanised Planting

Precision Silviculture. Nursery Practices, Forest Establishment, Pruning & Thinning Operations

Autonomous Release Spraying with UAVs

The future of airborne precision forestry management tools for commercial planting operations and weed control

Scott Spooner, CEO/CTO, SPS Automation
Mechanisation of Pruning Operations

Insights into the latest automated tree pruning developments from European equipment and technology providers

John Said, Lead Forester, HQPlantations, Australia

Mechanised Planting – key lessons from from operational trials & recent commercial planting operations

Autonomous Tree Planting

Technology developments and trial results with the new in-house developed BraSatt soil preparation and planting machine

Anna Wallner, Project Manager, Södra, Sweden (remote)
Taking the M-Planter South

Mechanised planting operations in forest sites of up to 30 degrees.  How’s it performed outside the central North Island?

Mitch White, Director, Aspect Forestry
Technology Showcase
Morning Tea & Networking
Leveraging the Experience of Mechanised Forest Harvesting and Technologies Developed for Agriculture into Forest Silviculture

Trials and early results from Brazilian forests for John Deere’s new mechanised planter

Richard Lawler, Director of Forestry Production Systems & Strategy, Construction and Forestry Division, John Deere, USA
Commercial Trials of Mechanised Planting Operations

Lessons from the first planting season in Queensland forests (Araucaria & Southern Pine)

Bianca Andreis, Planning & Development Lead Forester, HQPlantations (remote)
Making Silvicultural Tasks Easier, Faster, Cheaper and Safer

Exploring innovative concepts put forward by successful recipients of this year’s inaugural Silviculture Micro Innovation Challenge

Claire Stewart, Leader - Precision Silviculture Programme, Forest Growers Research & Innovation Challenge speakers (tbc)
Conference Concludes


New Zealand

Pre-Conference: Remote Sensing Cluster Group Meeting

  • Time: 1.00-5.00pm, Tuesday 19 November 2024
  • Location: Rydges Hotel, 10 Tyron Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

The Remote Sensing Cluster Group is a pre-conference meeting will be held on the day before ForestTECH 2024.  Rydges hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Distinction hotel (where ForestTECH is being held) and there is plenty of parking at the front of Rydges hotel. This meeting is free and will include an afternoon tea. Presentations will be given by a mix of researchers and industry staff around a range of remote sensing topics and their application to the forest industry.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

ForestTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in developing innovative forest management tools, technologies and resources to maximise their exposure to New Zealand and Australia’s leading forestry companies.

FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry, BOTH in New Zealand and Australia.

Our sponsors and partners can also benefit from exposure in which is providing monthly communication and technology updates to well over 6,000 forest resource and tree crop managers and inventory foresters from across Australasia.

Sponsorship and branding opportunities are also available for other Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) events and in the region’s most widely read weekly e-newsletter, Friday Offcuts.

For a full range of sponsorship, exhibition and branding options, please contact Gordon Thomson, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

Event Partners

Event Sponsors

Sponsor Logo - RemsoftSponsor Logo - Eagle TechnologySponsor Logo - Atlas | IntegralSponsor Logo - Trimble ForestrySponsor Logo - WIDE TrustSponsor Logo - ScionSponsor Logo - FWPA

FIEA Partners

Sponsor Logo - C3Sponsor Logo - Eagle TechnologySponsor Logo - Trimble ForestrySponsor Logo - RemsoftSponsor Logo - Atlas | IntegralSponsor Logo - ScionSponsor Logo - NZ LoggerSponsor Logo - Key Knife | Braford IndustriesSponsor Logo - Rotorua Economic DevelopmentSponsor Logo - HoltecSponsor Logo - USNRSponsor Logo - FWPASponsor Logo - Arxada

Media Partners

Sponsor Logo - WoodTECH NewsSponsor Logo - NZ LoggerSponsor Logo - ForestTECH NewsSponsor Logo - Friday OffcutsSponsor Logo - HarvestTECH News


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Rotorua, New Zealand

Distinction Hotel Rotorua

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates available now.

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Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Jasper Hotel

489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia

In the heart of the Melbourne CBD and part of the Free Tram Zone, the 4-star Jasper Hotel offers unmatched access to city transport options, shopping destinations, sporting and cultural facilities. Nearby landmarks include Queen Victoria Market, Royal Children’s and Women’s Hospitals, Melbourne University and RMIT. It couldn’t be easier to access Melbourne CBD from Jasper Hotel.

Jasper Hotel offers a selection of newly renovated rooms and suites over eight uniquely decorated floors – In addition to impressive views of the Melbourne skyline and Queen Victoria Market.

Special accommodation rate:

  • Deluxe King Room – A$189 per night (GST incl)

To book, email or phone (+61) 3 8327 2777. Reservations must be made by Friday 8 November 2024 to secure special rate – if not already booked out.

Hotel parking is not available onsite at Jasper Hotel. There is discounted and secure car parking at Queen Victoria Market Undercover Carpark, just around the corner at 456 Queen Street Melbourne, VIC 3000.  Trams and taxis are also available directly in front of the Jasper Hotel and the train station is only 200 metres away.

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Early Bird | $895 + GST (Save $100)
Early Bird ends Fri 18 Oct 2024. Rates are per person
Group | $795 + GST (Save $200)
A minimum of 3 attendees are required for this special rate. Rates are per person
Virtual Online | $595
This is restricted to attendees from outside of New Zealand and Australia. No GST is charged for registrations outside of New Zealand. Access to live and on-demand event videos post-event. Rate is per person.

Registration Details

General Notes:

  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua, New Zealand or Melbourne, Australia conference and exhibitions.
  • Virtual Event registrations can be booked by delegates from outside of New Zealand & Australia. This will ensure that those unable to travel into either New Zealand or Australia to attend in person will be able to participate directly live online, or view the recorded presentations at a later date.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%) in New Zealand and GST (10%) in Australia. For virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • For New Zealand transactions, including the virtual online event, a credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged. Australian transactions will include a credit card processing fee of 1.4%.
  • The Early Bird Rate applies only to the standard conference rate. To be eligible, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE the listed date above. All special discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date to receive any discount.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) Member Discounts of 10-25% apply to the listed Standard Conference Rate. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • For those attending in person, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunch, refreshments, Networking Evening, workshops, a conference handbook and post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • For Virtual Event registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all New Zealand conference presentations, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.


COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand and Australian Government Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the venue is unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that might have been imposed by either Government, the event organiser may need to either reschedule the event or move the event online. Your registration will automatically transfer to the new dates and/or format. In this situation, no refunds will be given. If the event is not moved online or able to be rescheduled within 12 months of the original date, you will be entitled to a credit or a full refund.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 18 October 2024, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

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