ForestTECH | Australian Programme

21-22 November 2023, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Pre-Conference Workhop | Tue 21 Nov 2023

10.00 - 12.00pm

ProFert and APSIM tools for optimising fertiliser use and profitability in plantations

Barrie May, General Manager, TreeMod & Philip Smethurst, Soil, Water and Plant Nutrition Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

Registration & Exhibits Open


Lunch & Networking

Conference | DAY ONE

Key Theme: Remote Sensing, Data Capture & Forest Inventory

Opening Introductions

1.10 pm

Artificial Intelligence: Is the world at a tipping point?

Opportunities, benefits and challenges of the technology and its adoption.
Jonathan Chang, CEO, Silverpond

Pre-assessment thinning inventory Using drone-based LiDAR

A forest industry case study. First operational use piloted in 2022 and then again in 2023
Sam West, Senior GIS Analyst, Interpine Group, New Zealand & Scott Andrew, Forest Risk & Resource Manager, Juken New Zealand

Australasian designed and built solar-powered stratospheric aircraft

A game-changer for collecting frequent, high-resolution aerial data
Mark Rocket, CEO, Kea Aerospace, New Zealand (remote)
2.20 pm

High-value, low-cost satellite imagery options for AU/NZ foresters

Steve Critchlow, Group Managing Director, Critchlow Geospatial, New Zealand

Forest change and climate change

Keeping a constant eye on your forest for fast assessment and recovery from fire, storm or disease
Noemi Gardonyi, Regional Sales & Project Manager Oceania, SKYLAB, Australia

Afternoon tea & networking


Exploring the potential to link satellite and ground-based data for improved fuel load and moisture mapping, modelling, and monitoring

Mike Sutton, Manager, Innovation & Research, Forestry Corporation NSW

Evaluation of remote sensing approaches for plantation health surveillance

Early results from a joint project comparing satellite and airborne remote sensing methods with traditional forest health assessments to evaluate their relative costs versus benefits in plantation health surveillance
David Bruce, Associate Professor, Flinders University & Christine Stone, Visiting Scientist, NSW DPI Forestry

The current state of satellite information in forestry – how your data travels the globe

James Saunders, Director R&D, Swift Geospatial, South Africa

Using the Internet of Things to monitor and manage moisture in production forestry and landscape fire management

Results from recent operational trials collecting data from different sensors deployed in Tasmanian forests
Mike Ross, CEO, Indicium Dynamics

Technology Showcase


Refreshments & networking social event

Conference | DAY TWO | Wed 22 Nov 2023

Key Theme: Tree Crop Management, Forest Establishment and Mechanised Planting



Can a vertical farm improve tree seedling production?

Results from one of the first larger forest operations using this new system to grow its tree stocks
Kenny Hay, Tree Nursery & Seed Resource Manager, Forestry and Land Scotland, Scotland (remote)

Transformational nursery technologies?

Opportunities for Vertical Farm Grown Tree Seedlings
Caroline Craggs, Head of Operations APAC, Intelligent Growth Solutions, Singapore

Using single tree location inventory to improve the quality & productivity of mechanised thinning operations

Forestry data collected using smartphones and drones. Results from an 8,000ha pine thinning operation by a large Chilean forest company
Anton Holmström, Director of Forestry, Katam Technologies AB, Sweden

Mechanised tree pruning

Initial results from a feasibility study on a commercially available remote-controlled and high-rate tree pruning unit to create fuel modified zones in softwood plantations
Braden Jenkin, Managing Director, Sylva Systems

Technology Showcase


Morning tea & networking


A first in australia. two planting seasons with a fully mechanised planting operation.

Results, lessons and payback - from a forest owner’s and contractor’s perspective
Paul Walpole, Director, SSEF Pty Ltd & Paul Wood, Northern Silviculture Manager, HVP

A new concept in mechanised planting. Sweden, USA, Canada, Brazil and now NZ

Lessons from early plantings by Pan Pac Forest Products with the PlantMax X2 planting unit
Richard Airey, Forester, Pan Pac Forest Products, New Zealand (remote)

Precision silviculture & forest growing technology & innovation

An update on relevant Australian research projects and operational trials
Jodie Mason, Forest Research Manager, Forest & Wood Products Australia

Conference Concludes

Post-Conference Workshop

1.00 - 2.00pm

Advances in forest management planning and operations efficiency

The latest developments in CFForest, a spatially-enabled operations management system developed for Forest Owners. Trimble Forestry has been working on driving efficiency of workflows and features designed to increase the operational efficiency of forestry staff.
Dan Turkington, Business Development Manager, Trimble Forestry, New Zealand