15-16 November 2017
Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
21-22 November 2017
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
ForestTECH is New Zealand and Australia’s leading forest management technology series, providing companies with the latest technologies, innovations and practical tools to increase forest operations productivity.

2017 Event Summary

Since 2007, ForestTECH has been the one event every year that continues to draw in foresters to one location in both countries. Key researchers, technology providers and forest owners are also now picking up the opportunity of building in their own client meetings, workshops and discussion groups around both the New Zealand and Australian events to capitalize on this “once a year” turnout.

Over 270 delegates attended the event series in November 2017. All of the major forestry companies in Australia and New Zealand were represented along with representatives from major Indonesian and South African forestry companies.

Last year new data collection technologies were highlighted. ForestTECH 2017 reviewed advances being made on accessing, processing and better interpreting the associated big data streams that were being collected out in the field. The task being grappled by many forestry companies was how best to sort through and use the collected data and convert it into something that’s usable for all stakeholders.

The focus for ForestTECH 2017 was “unlocking the true value of data”. New systems for better measuring, managing and analysing this information was again reviewed as part of the 2017 technology series. Emphasis was also put on research findings from recent in-forest trials and from a world class three-year, AU$1.8 million collaborative research project on remote sensing jointly funded by Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA), forestry companies, universities and government. Leading Australian and New Zealand researchers who’ve been working alongside local forestry companies were for the first time able to share their results.

ForestTECH 2017 also was able to review some of the disruptive technologies that were showing real promise for research, in business and are already being used operationally out in the field. These included technologies like; artificial intelligence, the IOT, machine and deep learning, robotics, automation, UAV’s and the use of virtual and augmented reality.

Key themes covered:

  • Storage, processing and management of "big data"
  • Analysing and using harvester data for inventory management
  • The practical application of automation, robotics and sensors by forest managers
  • Integrating virtual and augmented reality into forestry operations
  • Results and lessons from reconciling remote sensing data in the field
  • New innovations in mobile forest apps and collection tools
  • Mobile communications advances in more remote locations
  • Workflow solutions for data collected from airborne and UAV systems
  • New mapping and GIS applications
  • Changing skill sets required by today’s forest resource managers.

What’s Planned for 2018?

The technology come November 2018 will have moved on considerably in just 12 months. Remote sensing is probably right now, showing the fastest pace of change anywhere within the forestry or wood products industries. The payback in savings on improved productivity, the level of accuracy in the data being collected and processed and safety out in the field is indeed significant.

For ForestTECH 2018, the focus will be on how the results from this recent research and new technology is being applied and employed out in the forest - just what has this meant operationally and financially to local forestry companies.

Who Attended?

Over 270 representatives from the New Zealand and Australian forestry industries, including: Forestry managers | Forest owners | Technical foresters | Forestry consultants | Forestry researchers | Forest resource planners | Inventory foresters | Technology & equipment suppliers

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

ForestTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in developing innovative tools, technologies and resources for forestry planning and management to maximise their exposure to New Zealand and Australia’s forestry companies. Exhibition spaces are always at a premium. FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in BOTH New Zealand and Australia.

ForestTECH 2018 is already being planned. We already have strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. Early partners will benefit from exposure in the regular technology updates we will be providing the ForestTECH community.

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-newsletters, Friday Offcuts and WoodWeek.

For a full range of sponsorship, exhibition and branding options, please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

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FIEA

Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 200 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

FIEA’s objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region. It is now recognized as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries.

FIEA Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

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    Building X91, Sala Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    PO Box 1230, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

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