International expertise for Woodflow 2018

In ForestTECH, Issue13 by FIEA

As part of the upcoming two-yearly tech update for forestry, wood harvesting and transport companies around Australasia, the very latest international and local developments around vehicle fleet operations, planning and safety as they apply to the wood transport businesses, new log measurement systems and resource and transport scheduling are being unveiled. Outside of tech specialists drawn from across New Zealand and Australia, international expertise involved in the WoodFlow 2018 June series includes;

Alexander Mastrovito, Head of Sustainable Transport Solutions, Scania – Asia & Oceania, Hong Kong.
Alexander is the project leader for Scania’s autonomous vehicle development in Singapore and the head of sustainable transport solutions for Scania in Asia and Oceania. He’s responsible for promoting and implementing future solutions; electric and alternatively fueled vehicles, connected transports and self-driving trucks and buses. He heads up Scania’s regional work in Asia paving the way for electromobility, autonomous vehicles, ITS and mobility as a service. Prior to joining Scania Alexander was based in Beijing spending 11 years in the Greater China region working in the automotive industry.

Max Blatt, Head of Business Development, LOTS Group, Sweden.
As Head of Business Development for LOTS Group, a Scania company, Max has had 17 years’ experience in managing the implementation of strategic and operational improvement initiatives within forest products and other heavy manufacturing sectors across North America, Europe and Asia. A former Director at Pöyry Management Consulting and Head of Western Operations for Perforex, Max has worked with over 100 companies in 25 different countries.

Vallo Visnapuu, Chief Executive Officer, Timbeter, Estonia Vallo Visnapuu has been working within the timber industry for 16 years. Five years ago, he co-founded Timbeter, a startup company based in Estonia aimed at assisting log tuck and transport companies to measure log volumes using smart devices such as mobile phones. The Estonian State Forest Management Centre truck drivers now use Timbeter as a measurement tool and the system is being applied by a number of forestry companies.

John Trus, Vice President Global Sales, Remsoft, Canada
John Trus has worked at Remsoft Inc., a well-known company in this region that provides software solutions that leverages data analytics to offer precise operational plans, schedules and long-term strategies that help businesses improve their performance and productivity. For the past seven years with Remsoft, John has worked with forestry and asset management clients in more than a dozen countries across six continents. John brings 25 years of experience in supply chain, optimisation, and process improvement solutions with global software companies. In addition to presenting at the conference, Remsoft wqill be running a short workshop in both Rotorua and Melbourne which is open to all conference delegates before each conference. Details can be found on the event website.

Doug Folkins, Resource Solutions Professional, JRP Solutions, Canada
Doug Folkins is a registered professional forester in British Columbia, Canada, with over 24 years of experience in the forest industry. Doug spent the first 11 years of his career working as a forestry manager on Vancouver Island working for two of BC’s largest forest tenure holders. Since 2005, Doug has been working at JRP Solutions and using his professional experience to bring software solutions to forest management organizations across North America. Douug will be detailing ForestOPS, a management and operational tool for harvest scheduling, log transportation, wood flows and mill inventory.

In addition to two days of presentations on new technology and operating practices, two free workshops on transport planning, a series of exhibitions from leading tech providers will be set up. Included among the many exhibitors is WoodTECH, a Chilean company that has supplied the first 3D laser scanner in Australasia for measuring wood loads to a forestry company in Tasmania.

Full details of the WoodFlow 2018 series can be found on the event website, The conference programme, including two workshops around transport planning the day before each conference, run in Melbourne, Australia on 20-21 June then again in Rotorua, New Zealand on 26-27 June.

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