Expressions of interest – Woodflow 2018

In Event, Issue08 by FIEA

Early expressions of interest are being sought from presenters for next year’s Woodflow 2018 technology series. It’s being run in June next year in both New Zealand and Australia by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA).

What is it?
The Woodflow series is Australasia’s premier technology event run every two years. It provides insights into innovations and new tools being developed and employed by leading forestry, wood products and transport companies.

The objective, with 30% – 40% of delivered log costs being contributed by transport, is to profile the very latest technologies for moving wood from the forest through to the log yard, processing plant, port or market. New initiatives and operating practices being employed to improve planning, logistics & operations within the wood supply chain are also showcased.

The FIEA event is run every two years. It’s run in both Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, the wood harvesting event, HarvestTECH, was sold out. Over 450 logging contractors, forestry managers and key suppliers attended. It was the largest event of its type yet seen in New Zealand.

In September 2016, over 250 harvesting contractors, wood transport operators and planners attended FIEA’s Wood Flow Optimisation event. The 2018 event will be building on the success, momentum and feedback that’s been provided by the industry over the last two years at both of these events.

What’s being covered?

  • Effective tools, models and case studies for collaboration through the wood supply chain
  • Remote sensing and real-time tracking of logs and wood products
  • Innovative systems to integrate planning, operations, harvesting, transport & sales
  • Advances in automated measurement, materials handling, packaging and distribution – New innovations around log and wood product handling, trucking, rail and shipping
  • New mobile communications and data transfer technologies for local operations
  • Developments in information technology and data management – Impacts and opportunities using robotics, automation, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning, telematics and UAV’s
  • Health and safety initiatives around forestry and wood transport operations
  • Resolving key skills and labour shortages
  • International models adding value to supply chain management.

If you have a new technology, are currently undertaking research in this area, can recommend a topic or a speaker that you think would really add value to the event or have an interesting case-study that showcases just how efficiencies have been improved within the wood supply chain, please make contact with before Friday 3 November.

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