Remote Sensing

Inventory Management

Forest Establishment & Silviculture

18-19 Nov 2020 | Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND | In-Person + Virtual Online Event
ForestTECH is Australasia’s premier technology series. It’s run annually for Australasia’s forest resource managers, planners, GIS and remote sensing specialists and inventory foresters.
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ForestTECH 2020 | Event Details

ForestTECH – What is it?

Forestry resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters, researchers and key technology suppliers attend ForestTECH each year. The annual forest technology series has been running since 2007.

It typically comprises a two-day conference, practical workshops and trade exhibitions. It runs in both New Zealand and Australia and has firmly established itself on the international forestry calendar. As well as Australian and New Zealand companies, forestry companies and technology providers from the USA, Canada, Europe, SE Asia, South Africa and South America are regularly involved with the technology updates.

New Format for 2020

As a consequence of COVID-19, restrictions on international travel, border controls and social distancing requirements, industry events across the globe since March of this year have had to be either cancelled or postponed. Technology events run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association in Australia, New Zealand and Canada have, as a consequence, been run either as webinars or virtual events since March 2020.

At this stage, the plan is to run the ForestTECH 2020 series in early-mid November as originally planned. However, the format, because of the uncertainty still surrounding travel between countries and across state borders, for this year has changed.

Two Days
18-19 November 2020 in Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND + Virtual Online.
One Physical Event | New Zealand

For the first time in thirteen years, the annual ForestTECH series is not being held in both countries, New Zealand and Australia. Instead, the physical event (on-site presentations, exhibitions and workshop) will be run in just one location, Rotorua, New Zealand. This enables planning for delegates and exhibitors some degree of certainty.

As at early July, restrictions on travel within Victoria and between Australian states were still in place. This unfortunately has prevented the Australian leg of the technology series from being run in Melbourne as originally planned. International travel and entry into both countries in early July also wasn’t being permitted. At the time, there was no certainty or expectation of when these restrictions might be relaxed.

A Global Event

The live and virtual hybrid format for ForestTECH 2020 enables a much wider cross section of International presenters to be involved in this year’s event. They will be joining New Zealand and Australian presenters in ForestTECH 2020, either with a live remote presentation or, alternatively, through a pre-recorded presentation – with live links into a later Q&A session.

We’re confident that in the current uncertain environment, that this exciting option is going to cater for our loyal and growing ForestTECH community and the many enquiries that we’re already fielding from those outside Australasia to be involved in ForestTECH 2020.

Virtual Online Interactive Event

To maximum the interaction and the annual exchange of information for resource managers, researchers and inventory foresters in both countries (and further afield), live links from the New Zealand event will be set up for those unable to travel (because of travel restrictions, border controls, company directives or budgets).

The virtual conference format planned for those based outside New Zealand will ensure;

  • Australian and international delegates can still actively be involved this year. Timing for the ForestTECH 2020 programme is being set up to enable live links to the Rotorua event and all presentations throughout the two days. On-line questions from virtual conference delegates will be able to be made to all presenters - live.
  • Significant savings can be made on travel and accommodation costs. As well as being involved during the live event, recorded sessions for the presentations will also be made available post event to all live and virtual event delegates.
Australian Only Content
An additional Australian component for virtual conference delegates. A selection of Australian presenters originally planned to present in the original conference programme have been included in a special 90-minute on-line workshop on the completion of day two.

The Focus for 2020

Remote sensing, data capture and inventory management

ForestTECH 2020 will again be providing insights into new data collection technologies that have been developed and are being used operationally out in the forest along with advances that have been made on processing and better interpreting the big data streams now routinely being collected out in the field.

Updates on disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence, the IOT, machine and deep learning, robotics, automation, daily satellite imagery, UAV’s and the use of virtual and augmented reality and how they’re being integrated into day to day operations of forestry companies will also be covered. This though will be streamlined into one of the two days being planned for the two-day programme in both countries.

Forest establishment, mechanised planting and silviculture

In addition, one day of the ForestTECH 2020 programme is being set aside to showcase a raft of new technologies that have or are being developed to improve efficiencies around forest establishment and silviculture.

An increasing number of presentations given at recent ForestTECH events have covered research and trials being undertaken on planting with drones, survival counts of tree seedlings using satellite imagery, drones and deep learning. There’s also a resurgence of interest being shown by forestry companies in mechanised or automated operations for planting and silviculture to address the growing issues of labour shortages for forest operations.


Who Attends?

Over 250 representatives from the New Zealand and Australian forestry industries, including: Forestry managers | Forest owners | Technical foresters | Forestry consultants | Forestry researchers | Forest resource managers | Inventory foresters | Technology & equipment suppliers | Harvest planners | Forest GIS & remote sensing specialists

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 2020 is already being planned. We always receive strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. Early partners will benefit from exposure in the newly updated website,, which is now providing monthly communication to well over 6,000 resource managers and inventory foresters in this region.

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 our Sponsorship Manager, Gordon Thomson on (+64) 7 921 1384 or

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Event Sponsors

Emesent (Hovermap)
Atlas Integral
Eagle Technology
Trimble Forestry

FIEA Partners

Key Knife / Braford Industries
Atlas Integral
NZ Logger
Trimble Forestry
Lewis Controls
Eagle Technology

Media Partners

NZ Logger
Friday Offcuts


Distinction Rotorua Hotel, NEW ZEALAND

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference.

After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates will be announced soon.

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