13 November, 2019
Forest Tech 2019
Date: 13 - 14 November 2019
Location: Melbourne, Australia and Rotorua, New Zealand
ForestTECH is this region's premier technology series. It's run for Australasia's forest resource managers, planners and inventory foresters by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). Since 2007, it's the one event every year run in both Australia and New Zealand that focuses on this particular part of the forestry industry. Forest owners, forestry mangers, key researchers and technology providers now also pick up the opportunity of building in their own client meetings, workshops and discussion groups around the ForestTECH event.
What's planned for 2019?
Research into remote sensing of plantation forests in this region for resource assessment and inventory management is world class. We're leading the world right now in how new platforms and sensor technologies are being used to acquire, analyse, process and use 3D dense point cloud data. What is unique to Australasia is the collaboration that exists between researchers (with a range of disciplines both inside and outside the forestry industry), the key technology providers and industry on both sides of the Tasman who have been working on these projects.
Also, what is unusual, compared to other parts of the wood supply chain, is the sheer speed of change. UAV's for example, just two to three years ago were being looked at as a potential and maybe cheaper tool for getting an eye up in the sky for forestry operations. They're now been routinely used for functions like; acquiring inventory data, forest health surveys, tree survival counts, quality assurance, tree height measurements and threatened animal species management. A significant number of UAV pilots have been trained from forestry companies across both New Zealand and Australia. Small, robust lightweight UAV's are now part of the technical tool kit being used daily by field foresters.
There is also a very short lag time (often just six months at the moment) between the time research results are being relayed to forestry companies to the time that it's being implemented operationally. ForestTECH 2019 will provide local forestry companies with a timely and independent overview of recent advances, both in research and in the operational use of the technology, made in just 12 months on forest data collection tools and systems that have been developed to better measure, analyse, report and act on this captured information.
Key themes for 2019
Key themes for this year's event will include:
- Storage, processing and management of "big data"
- The practical application of automation, robotics and sensors by forest managers
- Integrating virtual and augmented reality into forestry operations
- Results and lessons from reconciling remote sensing data into the field
- Satellite tools for mapping, planning and operations
- New innovations in mobile forest apps and collection tools
- Results from remote sensing research and in-forest trials
- Workflow solutions for data collected from airborne and UAV systems
- New mapping and GIS applications
- Changing skill sets required by today's forest resource managers