ForestTECH 2024

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