ForestTECH 2024

Programme | Rotorua, New Zealand

Timezone: NZDT

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tue 19 November 2024
1.00-5.00pm
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
11.30am
Registration & Exhibits Open
12.00pm
Lunch & Networking
1.00pm
Introduction
FIEA
1.10pm
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
1.40pm
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
2.05pm
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)
2.25pm
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
2.50pm
Technology Showcase
3.00pm
Afternoon Tea & Networking
3.25pm
Quantifying Forest Slash using Machine Learning to meet NES-CS Regulations
Sam West, Senior GIS Consultant, Interpine Group
3.45pm
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

4.15pm
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)
4.40pm
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
5.05pm
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
5.30pm
Refreshments & Networking

Day Two

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

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

8.00am
Introduction
FIEA
8.05am
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
8.30am
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

8.55am
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)
9.20am
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
9.45am
Technology Showcase
10.00am
Morning Tea & Networking
10.40am
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
11.05am
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)
11.30am
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)
12.00pm
Conference Concludes