ForestTECH 2021 Programme


22 November 2021 | All workshops are in-person only

Timezone: NZDT
9.00am - 12.00pm

Workshop 1 | Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service: The Forestry ETS and NES-Plantation Forestry workshop

Venue: Rimu Room, Scion

10.30am - 12.30pm

Workshop 2 | Eagle Technology workshop, Imagery & Remote Sensing with ArcGIS

Venue: Cards Room, Distinction Rotorua Hotel

1.30pm - 5.00pm

Workshop 3 | Remote Sensing Cluster Group Meeting

Venue: Rimu Room, Scion

DAY ONE   |   23 November 2021
Innovations in Remote Sensing, Data Capture & Forest Inventory
Timezone: NZDT

Welcome & Introduction



Key Note Address | 'Technology on Steroids': Remote Sensing, Forest Data Capture & Inventory Management – Past, present and future

David Herries, General Manager, Interpine, New Zealand

Session 1: Advancements in Remote Sensing & Data CaPture Technologies


High Resolution Satellite Imagery for Species Identification and Volume Estimation

  • The use of multispectral high resolution stereo imagery for species identification
  • Volume estimation based on remote sensing and ground truthing
  • Advantages and disadvantages learnt along the way

Michael Breetzke, Director: Business Development, Swift Geospatial, South Africa (remote)


National LiDAR Mapping for Land Managers

The development and roll out of higher resolution national elevation data

Bjorn Johns, Elevation & Imagery Technical Leader, Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), New Zealand


Creating Operational and Strategic Forest Inventories at an Industrial Scale – A Canadian Case Study

  • Use of Individual tree canopy (ITC) and Area Based (ABA) LiDAR inventory methods to create operational scale inventory data for forest estate modelling.
  • Case study of West Fraser’s Blue Ridge Lumber. Production of a forest inventory of over 600,000 ha in western Canada.
  • Advancements in tree segmentation, species prediction, and polygon generation used along with accuracy levels achieved.

Cam Brown, Strategic Planning Forester, Forsite Consultants Ltd, Salmon Arm, Canada (remote)


TECH Showcase

Short presentations on new product innovations


Lunch & Networking


Mobile Laser Scanning (Hovermap) data for Characterising the 3D Structure of Complex Eucalypt Forests

Results from recent in-forest trials

Dr Christine Stone, Forest Science, NSW Department of Primary Industries (remote)


Non-Destructive Testing of Native Hardwood Species

Trial results using Australia’s first sub-canopy autonomous drone and ultrasound technology

Mike Sutton, Manager Innovation & Research, FCNSW, Australia

Session 2: Transforming Geospatial Data into Knowledge - The Practical Application & Operation of Remote Sensing Data


High Density LiDAR Clouds using ALS & TLS for Individual Tree Inventories

Results from a global forest products company’s recent research & operational trials

Fernando Bustamante, Technical Manager, Forestal Arauco, Chile (remote)


High-Resolution Under-Canopy Data Collection in conjunction with VR Analysis for Forest Inventory

From research to operational use by local forest companies

Interpine Group, New Zealand (speaker tbc) & Australian Forest Company (tbc)


Counting ALL seedlings: AI for precise seedling survival, vitality and weed mapping

Update on advancements in applied deep learning and AI for optimum plantation establishment and weed management. Showcasing examples from growers in Australia and New Zealand, in Eucalyptus and Pine.

Albrecht von Ruffer, CEO, Skylab, Germany & Australian Forest Company (tbc) (remote)


Afternoon Tea & Networking


Plantation Watch: Monitoring plantation change at scale

Pete Watt, Head of Resource Monitoring, Indufor Asia Pacific, New Zealand (confirmed) & Forestry Company Presenter (tbc)


Using Deep Learning & AI to identify forest loss

Lessons from a large-scale forest inventory of 7,500 forested areas in New Zealand

Matt Lythe, Managing Director, Lynker Analytics, New Zealand


Drone and forest inventory innovations being used in the forests of Finland & Sweden

  • A digital online platform for log stock data in mill yards using image analyses from drones
  • Using multisource remote sensing data to improve the analysis of diameter class distributions to improve the cross-cutting accuracy of harvesting operations and log grade returns

Mika Korvenranta, Digitalization Manager, Stora Enso Oy, Finland (in person or remote)


Drinks, Refreshments & Networking for NZ delegates

DAY TWO   |   24 November 2021
Innovations in Forest Establishment, Planting & Mechanised Silviculture
Timezone: NZDT

Welcome & Introduction


Session 1: Precision Silviculture - Innovations with Mechanised & Automated Planting Technologies


Mechanized Solutions for Silviculture, Precision Forestry and Big Data Management

  • Mechanized and automated solutions for seedling packaging and movement from the nursery to the field
  • A new planting machine under development in Sweden
  • Eco-RFID tags to automate the tracking process of products in the value chain
  • Stora Enso approach with precision forestry and big data management

Marcos Wichert, VP Plantation Forest Management, Stora Enso, Finland (in person or remote)


Precision Mechanised Planting

GPS advancements for reporting and showing seedling and mound locations, areas, planting densities, and planted amounts in real-time

Henri Sylvan, Sales Manager, Risutec, Finland (remote)


Morning Tea & Networking


NSW Operational Trials Using Mechanised Planting with Eucalyptus and Pine

Mike Sutton, Manager Innovation & Research, FCNSW, Australia (confirmed) & Pentarch (tbc)


Two Seasons of Mechanised Planting in Kinleith Forest, Tokoroa

Results, learnings and opportunities

Mike Baker, Technical Forester, Hancock Forest Management, New Zealand


Mechanised Planting

Results from operational trials including productivity gains and the application of hydrogel to extend the planting season

Henry Fear, Director, Henry Fear Contracting, New Zealand


TECH Showcase

Short presentations on new product innovations


Lunch & Networking

Session 2: Forest Establistment - Innovations in Establishment & Post Planting Technologies


A New Canopy Foliage Sampling Tool using UAV’s

Joseph Dion, Director Business Development, DeLeaves, Canada (remote)


Aerial Spray Drift Management for Forestry Operations

Determining accurate buffer and exclusion zones to accurately account for spray drift

Brian Richardson, Principal Scientist, Scion, New Zealand


Minimising Spray Drift in Environmentally Sensitive Areas Using Drones

Results from recent trials in forestry operations

Warrick Funnell, Chief Pilot, Agdrone, New Zealand


Environmental Improvements to the Forest Estate with Economic Solutions

Lessons from the first major riparian planting programme within a large forest estate

Sheldon Drummond, Managing Director, eLandNZ


Conference Concludes