Wood Transport & Logistics 2024

Programme | New Zealand

Timezone: NZST

Day One

Wednesday 22 May 2024
9.30 –10.30am
Pre-Conference Workshop: Log Transport Safety Council – All things Certification

LTSC Contractor Certification has now been up and running for two years with growing success throughout the Log Transport Industry. Come along to learn more about the audit process and benefits of the Certification program

The LTSC Contractor Certification was built by the Log Transport Safety Council and aims to be the tool that can be used by multiple customers and forest managers, reducing the number of audits the log transport contractors may have to complete.

It was built with the idea to provide an industry focused, credible tool which can be seen as a sustainable evaluation process for the future. The evaluation tool will continue to evolve and change as industry moves forward while remaining cost effective over time.

Chris Murphy, Managing Director, TrackIT NZ & Jason Williams, General Manager, Williams & Wilshier
Morning Tea & Networking
11.00am – 12.00pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Integrated e-docket Workflows; from Harvest to Customer
  • WSX and WSX Mobile Solutions
  • Driver Lead e-dockets
  • Crew and Customer interfaces
  • Delivery Pre Notification
  • The role of third party data in the validation process

Industry case study on the process, benefits and results of integrating e-docket workflows into their log haulage operations.

Simon Macintosh, Operations Manager, APAC, Trimble Forestry & Industry Presenter (tbc)
Registrations + Lunch + Networking


Conference Introduction

Session1: The Changing Face of Transport & Running Heavy Vehicle Fleets

Transitioning Towards a Low Emissions Economy

The future for heavy road transport – opportunities, challenges and solutions

Dom Kalasih, Interim Chief Executive, Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting NZ

Session 2: Switching to Alternate Fuels

Technology innovations set to dramatically change transport & log haulage operations. What are the operational and commercial trials really telling us?
The Future for Commercial Transport

Key drivers, trends and technology innovations internationally impacting on local log transport operators

Romesh Rodrigo, Head of Vehicle Homologation, Regulatory Affairs and Future Mobility, Daimler Truck Australia Pacific
Australasia’s First Electric Log Truck

Twelve months on, on and off-road, how’s it performing?

Wendy Fennell, Managing Director, Fennell Forestry, Australia (remote)
Helping Heavy Transport Transition to Hydrogen

HWR’s journey and lessons in fuel conversions, on-road dual fuel hydrogen/diesel operations and installations of the South Island’s first hydrogen refuelling stations

Gareth Wishart, Group General Manager Innovation, HWRichardson
Afternoon Tea & Networking
Afternoon Tea & Networking
kindly sponsored by Patchell Group
Coffee-Chic “Real-Coffee” Cart
kindly sponsored by Finance New Zealand
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New Zealand’s First Hydrogen Powered Truck

Performance and results of Hyundai’s zero emission fuel cell Xcient Truck since starting its on-road trials with NZ Post. New Zealand was just the second country in the world to adopt this technology in a commercial setting.

Grant Doull, National Manager Hydrogen & Eco Commercial Vehicles, Hyundai Motors New Zealand & Neil Dennett, Director, Shea Transport
Panel Discussion: Decarbonising Wood Transport Operations

What are the realities, constraints to adoption and real opportunities of making the switch?  

Day One Presenters
Technology Showcase

Short presentations on new product or service innovations from exhibitors

Elephant Logging in Burma 1984

Adventures of a NZ forest ranger

Ross Lockyer, Forestry & Logging Industry Pioneer/Retired Forest Ranger/Adventurer/Author
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Drinks, BBQ & Networking

Larger BBQ event for event delegates, sponsors and exhibitors with invitations extended to local log transport operators at the venue

Day Two

Thursday 23 May 2024
Day-Two Introduction

SESSION 3: Matching the Fuel Technology to the Refueling Infrastructure

Zero Emissions Energy Solutions for on and off Highway Heavy Trucks and Equipment

Fixed battery electric, battery swapping electric, hydrogen and methanol fuel options

Ross Linton, Director, ETrucks
Taking Hydrogen Refueling Stations out into the Forest

A fueling pilot for on and off-road trucking with dual fuel transport

Ryan McDonald, Head of New Business, Hiringa Energy & Manulife presenter (tbc)

Session 4: New Technology, Equipment & Operating Practices

Improving efficiencies and safety across the wood supply chain
Revolutionising Transport Operations through Advances in Connectivity and New Alternate Power solutions

The use of technology to enable improved fleet management, semi and fully automated driving systems, advanced services and remote diagnostics. Scania’s global outlook on low emissions heavy trucks, the options for BEV, hybrid and other fuels and how they relate to NZ.

Deon Stephens, Sales Director, Scania New Zealand
Destination Zero

Fuel agnostic internal combustion engines – a practical solution for decarbonisation

Jade Whiteman, On-Highway Business Manager, Cummins New Zealand
Technology Showcase

Short presentations on new product or service innovations from exhibitors

Morning Tea & Networking
Morning Tea & Networking
kindly sponsored by NZI
Coffee-Chic “Real-Coffee” Cart
kindly sponsored by Finance New Zealand
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Session 5: Log Extraction off Steep Terrain

Meeting the increasing operational & environmental challenges
Running all Wheel Drive Log Transporters (Modified Astra 8x8’s) in Challenging Environments

How does two staging wood recovery operations on steeper and more difficult terrain really stack up?

Dave Adams, Operations Manager, Offroad Trucking Services (G White Logging)
East Coast Log Haulage Case Study

Lessons in running a fleet of ten 8×6 Scania trucks to assist in harvest planning, roading and log transport in challenging environments – directly to port

Campbell Gilmour, General Manager, Pacific Haulage
Lunch & Networking

Session 6: Through the Wood Supply Chain

Optimising forest products planning & scheduling
Streamlining Truck and Supply Chain Management

Planning and Despatching Operations using TrackIT. Lessons from switching regional forestry and log haulage operations from paper to electronic log dockets

Chris Murphy, Managing Director, TrackIT NZ Ltd & Hamish McConnon, Regional Manager, Rayonier NZ

Session 7: Inside the Forest Gate

Development and adoption of new transport & low emissions technologies
Operating NZ’s First Logset Diesel-Electric Hybrid Harvester

Lessons on machine productivity, fuel savings and in forest performance

Mike Hurring, Director, Mike Hurring Logging
The Electric Fowarder, the PONSSE EV1

In-forest trial results from a new electric wood harvesting machine developed by Ponsse and Epec

Janne Tarvainen, Area Director, Ponsse, Finland

Session 8: R&D and Industry Initiatives driving Transport Innovation

Creating Value Across the Forestry Supply Chain with Automation

Progress and plans with FGR’s Automation & Robotics programme

Keith Raymond, Harvesting & Logistics Theme Leader, Forest Growers Research
Industry Led Initiatives for Log Transport Operators, Trailer Manufacturers and Forest Companies
Warwick Wilshier, Managing Director, Williams & Wilshier Transport Ltd (Chairperson Log Transport Safety Council, Chairperson, Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting NZ)
Conference Concludes
3.00pm onwards
Post Conference Meeting, Networking & Dinner

50-year reunion of harvesting researchers (LIRA/LIRO) – Keith Raymond, FGR (organiser)