23-24 November 2021, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND | Virtual Event, Australia & International

ForestTECH is Australasia’s premier technology series. It’s run annually for forest resource managers, remote sensing specialists, inventory foresters and tree crop managers

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Event Details

ForestTECH - What is it?

ForestTECH is Australasia’s premier annual forest technology event. It’s being run now for 14 years, principally in New Zealand and Australia. It’s aimed at resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and more recently, tree crop supervisors and forest establishment and silvicultural managers.

What happened last year?

Last year ForestTECH 2020, against all odds, ran in Rotorua, New Zealand. In the lead up to the annual technology event, most within the industry would have thought that it would have been a very hard (in fact, nigh near impossible) task to get forestry resource and tree crop managers together from across Australasia at any physical event.

Despite COVID-19, country border restrictions, tight health and safety requirements for running physical events and a minor scare in Auckland the week before the event, ForestTECH 2020 ran in Rotorua, New Zealand last November 2020.

Record attendances

Well over 300 attended ForestTECH 2020. Workshops, meetings, field demonstrations and a two-day technology conference and trade exhibitions all ran for the wider industry over the week. The live and virtual hybrid format for ForestTECH 2020 also enabled a much wider cross-section of international presenters and delegates to be involved.

Delegates from 20 different countries for the first time were involved as part of the online streaming of the event out of Rotorua, New Zealand. Companies located in; New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Brazil, USA, Canada, Columbia, Chile, Ireland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China, South Africa, Latvia, Singapore and the United Kingdom were involved in ForestTECH 2020.

What’s planned for ForestTECH 2021?

Content: For the first time, last year, ForestTECH 2020 was split into two main technology streams;

  1. Remote sensing, data capture and inventory management, and
  2. Forest establishment, mechanised planting and silviculture.

Format and location: The 2021 event will again be run in Rotorua, New Zealand. Uncertainties around country borders being open, international travel and a reluctance still by many individuals and companies to travel outside New Zealand means that the format used in 2020 (physical delegates in New Zealand with the full event being streamed to Australian and other international delegates) will be used for ForestTECH 2021.

ForestTECH 2021 will cover:
  • Remote sensing/ satellite imagery technologies
  • Mechanised & automated planting systems
  • Advances in silvicultural treatments
  • Data capture technologies and operational use
  • Inventory management
  • Big data management IT solutions
  • Drone-based imaging and data capture
  • Options for AI and deep learning
Interested in presenting?

If interested in presenting at the ForestTECH 2021 this year (either in person in New Zealand or remotely), please register your early interest by emailing

Who Will Attend?

Over 300 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 | Tree crop supervisors | Forest establishment | Silvicultural managers

Who Will Attend?

Over 300 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


We have been working closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Brent Apthorp on or (+64) 3 470 1902.

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

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 22 November 2021

ForestTECH 2021 attendees are welcome to attend any of the pre-conference workshops being held on Monday, 22 November 2021. Please Note:

  • Workshop bookings are made when registering for ForestTECH 2021
  • Workshops 1 and 2 are run concurrently and in different venues, so attendees cannot register for both.
  • While all workshops are free to attend, registration is required.
  • The workshops will not be recorded or streamed online, so access is only available to in-person attendees.

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

Where: Rimu Room, Scion, Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park, Tītokorangi Drive (formerly Long Mile Road), Rotorua

When: 9.00am - 12.00 noon, Monday 22 November 2021

Attendees: Limited to 100 attendees

Cost: This workshop is free

This half-day workshop will focus on changes to the Forestry Emissions Trading Scheme and an update on National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry.

The Climate Change Response Amendment Act 2020 makes extensive changes to the Forestry ETS. These changes are intended to drive a substantial increase in afforestation and participation in the scheme, and significantly change the operational approach to managing Forestry ETS services. The Forestry ETS Transformation Programme is responsible for designing the services required to support the legislative process and implement new regulations. The first part of the workshop will explain the changes being undertaken and the implications for foresters, including a new operating model, new technology platform and the new regulations.

The second part of the workshop will cover the recent Year One Review of the NES-PF and its ongoing role in resource management and response to climate change.

There will be opportunities for questions and answers.

Enquiries can be made to: Bookings for people who won’t be attending ForestTECH 2021 can also be made directly to

2 | Eagle Technology Workshop – Imagery & Remote Sensing with ArcGIS

Where: Cards Room, Distinction Hotel Rotorua, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua

When: 10.30am - 12.30pm, Monday 22 November 2021

Attendees: Limited to 35 attendees

Cost: This workshop is free

ArcGIS provides you with everything you need to manage and extract answers from imagery and remotely sensed data. In this workshop, we’ll explore the ArcGIS imagery tools and workflows for visualisation and analysis and how to access the best data for your work.

Join the Eagle Technology Forestry team for this informative and interactive session!

Enquiries can be made to:

3 | Half-day Remote Sensing Cluster Group Meeting

Where: Rimu Room, Scion, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua

When: 1.30pm - 5.00pm, Monday 22 November 2021

Cost: This meeting is free

This meeting will run the day before the ForestTECH 2021 conference. The meeting will combine recent research focussing on tree inventory and detection with an update on the “Tools for Foresters” initiative. Presentations will be given by both researchers and industry and will focus on key end-user applications of remotely sensed data. A final agenda will be available by the end of July 2021.

Places can be booked online (as part of the ForestTECH 2021 registration process) for those registering for the conference.

Enquiries around the half-day meeting can be obtained by e-mailing:

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

ForestTECH 2021 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 2021 is already being planned. We always receive strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. Early partners will benefit from exposure in the the newly updated website,, which is now providing monthly communication to well over 4,000 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 Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

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Event Sponsors

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Registration Rates

Rotorua, New Zealand
(In-Person Event)

Early-Bird Rate (Full 2 Days) 
(Ending 15 October 2021)

NZ$890 + GST

Standard Rate (Full 2 Days) 
(From 16 October 2021)

NZ$990 + GST

Day One Only Rate

NZ$660 + GST

Day Two Only Rate

NZ$660 + GST

Pre-Conference Workshops 1, 2 and 3 
(In-Person Only)

Free to book

Rotorua, NZ | Register Here
Virtual Online
(Available to Australian and other International attendees)

Virtual Online Rate | Full 2 Days

NZ$690 + GST*

Day One | Virtual Online Rate

NZ$490 + GST*

Day Two | Virtual Online Rate

NZ$490 + GST*

Virtual Online | Register Here

Registration Details

  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua conference and exhibitions
  • Virtual Online registrations can be booked. These apply to companies from outside of New Zealand. This will ensure on-line attendance by Australian and other international companies.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%).
  • * For virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged for all transactions.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) Member Discounts of 10-25% apply to the listed Standard Conference Rate. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • The Early Bird Rate applies only to the standard two-day conference rate. To be eligible for the Early-Bird Rate, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE Friday 15 October 2021. All 'Early Bird' discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • For those attending the Rotorua event, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.
  • For Virtual Online registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all conference presentations, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work diligently to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government and Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to. You can be sure that we will have all measures in place to safeguard your health and safety.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the Rotorua conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the Rotorua venue was unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed by the New Zealand Government, those registered to attend the physical event would be transferred to a new virtual on-line event that would be set up by the organisers.
  • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions relating to any event related issues around COVID-19.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 15 October 2021, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

To read our full Terms and Conditions, Click Here.



Distinction Rotorua Hotel
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 (per night):

  • $160 | Superior Room
  • $190 | Deluxe Room
  • $230 | Junior Suite
  • $250 | Executive Suite

All accommodation rates include GST.

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