Remote Sensing

Inventory Management

Forest Establishment & Silviculture

18-19 Nov 2020 | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
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.

Same Event – Same Time
ForestTECH 2020, for the first time since the event has been held, will run simultaneously on the same two days, in both New Zealand and Australia.
Two locations
The physical event (presentations and exhibits) will be run in two locations, Rotorua and Melbourne. This ensures that Australian presenters, delegates and exhibitors can stay within their own country. No international travel, in this current period of uncertainty, will be required. The same applies to New Zealand participants.
Live links to Both Countries
To maximise the interaction and exchange of information between resource managers, researchers and inventory foresters from both countries, live links from presentations in both countries will be made into both programmes. This allows a selection of key presentations to be shared between both countries. Q&A sessions for the presentations can be run in both countries - live.
International Involvement
International presenters will come into ForestTECH 2020 via a live remote presentation into both venues, or, alternatively, a pre-recorded presentation will be made – with live links into a Q&A session later in the programmes.
Virtual Options
As an added bonus, virtual on-line tickets to either the New Zealand and Australian event will also be made available for those unable to travel (because of border restrictions, travel issues or budgets) into either location for the first time. This option will also cater for the many enquiries we are already getting from those outside Australasia to be involved in ForestTECH 2020.

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
Trimble Forestry
Eagle Technology

FIEA Partners

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

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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Bayview Eden Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

6 Queens Road, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Perfectly positioned for business and pleasure.

Bayview Eden Melbourne is located adjacent to the beautiful Albert Park Lake & Golf Course and close to all Melbourne has to offer.

Special accommodation rates will be announced soon.

View Hotel WebsiteBayview Eden Melbourne