ForestTECH is New Zealand and Australia’s leading forest management technology series, providing companies with the latest technologies, innovations and practical tools to increase forest operations productivity.

16-17 November 2016
22-23 November 2016
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Event Details

What is ForestTECH 2016?

ForestTECH is this regions premier technology series run for Australasia’s forest resource managers, planners and inventory foresters. It’s run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). Since 2007, it’s the one event every year that continues to draw in foresters from both countries. Key researchers, technology providers and forest owners are also now picking up the opportunity of building in their own client meetings, workshops and discussion groups around both the New Zealand and Australian events to capitalise on this “once a year” turnout.

What happened last year?
Over 250 delegates attended the ForestTECH series in November 2015. Advances in new data collection technologies including satellite imagery, UAV platforms, airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, harvester heads and automated in-field sensors are increasingly being introduced to forestry operations. Leading communications and resource specialists bought in for the 2015 series demonstrated just how local foresters could best process, analyse and report on the increasing volumes of data being collected out in the field.

Technology advancements
Advanced and faster processing systems are required to handle “big data” with the information now being made available, often in real time, to multiple users. Rapid advancements in smartphones and tablets, the development of user friendly forestry apps along with improved connectivity in more remote locations have changed just how forestry companies are collecting, processing and managing data to improve their operations. The development and use of mobile forestry applications continue to rise exponentially – from the measurement of wood volumes out in the field through to the scheduling and logistics around wood flows.

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What’s planned for 2016?

In just 12 months, this pace of change has continued. New tools and technologies have been developed, in-forest trials by leading technology providers along with forestry companies have been completed and are being built into day-to-day forest planning and operations. Numerous research projects have also been completed and are ready to be presented to local companies.

ForestTECH 2016 will provide local forestry companies with a timely and independent overview of new data collection tools, systems for better measuring, managing and analysing this information and forestry apps that have been developed, are available, and can add value, both operationally and financially, to forestry companies.

Who will be attending 2016?

  • Forestry managers
  • Forest owners
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry consultants
  • Forestry researchers
  • Forest resource planners
  • Inventory foresters
  • Technology & equipment suppliers


We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and other international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a very innovative new programme. The updated New Zealand and Australian programmes and event brochures can be viewed and printed below.

New Zealand Programme

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New Communication Technologies Workshop (New Zealand)

On the afternoon of the second day, another one-hour workshop is also being held. It will be open to all ForestTECH 2016 delegates. This will be run at the conference venue and is titled “New Communications Technologies Enabling Real Time Data Exchange for Remote Forestry Operations”. It is being run by Gerard Lelieveld, Field Force Management Practice Lead, Eagle Technology.

Satellite Imagery Workshop (New Zealand)

On the afternoon of the second day, a three hour “hands-on” workshop covering the use of free satellite imagery is being run in conjunction with Interpine (see programme for details). It will run at Waiariki and will be limited to 20 ForestTECH delegates. Places will be filled on a first come-first served basis.

Australian Programme

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Practical Workshop (Australia)

On the afternoon of the second day, an additional two-hour workshop and demonstration covering the use of free satellite imagery is being run in conjunction with Interpine (see programme for details). It will run at the same venue.

Event Sponsors

FIEA Partners

Media Partners

Supporting Organisations

Sponsorship Opportunities

ForestTECH 2016 offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in developing mobile and web connected resources for forestry planning and management to maximise their exposure to New Zealand and Australia’s forestry companies.

Exhibition spaces at this event are 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.

For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits for ForestTECH 2016, or upcoming FIEA technology programmes planned, please include your details in the form on the right.

Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

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Distinction Rotorua Hotel, NEW ZEALAND

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 are available to delegates for a limited time:

  • $150 Superior Room (incl GST)
  • $170 Deluxe Room (incl GST)
  • $200 Hotel Suites (incl GST)

All rates include GST and are per room per night, based on single or double share occupancy.

Please book accommodation directly with the Distinction Rotorua Hotel via the online booking button below. If you have difficulties in using the online booking, you can call 0800 654 789, (+64) 7 349 5200 or email

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Bayview Eden Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

6 Queens Road, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Perfectly positioned for business and pleasure. Bayview Eden Melbourne is located adjacent to the beautiful Albert Park Lake & Golf Course and close to all Melbourne has to offer.

Special accommodation room rates:

  • $162  Queen Room

Accommodation rates include GST.

For reservations phone (+61) 3 9250 2222, email or book directly via the hotel website. Please state you are attending the Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 conference when booking.

Registration Rates

Please Note

  • The conference above rates are per person and do not include registration for the conference dinner.
  • All prices exclude GST. For the Australian event, GST is 10% and for the New Zealand event, GST is 15%.
  • A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to transactions for the New Zealand event. A credit card fee of 2.2% applies to transactions for the Australian event.
  • Attendance to the conference dinner is optional and will be charged at the rate above if selected. The conference dinner is on the evening of Wednesday 16 November 2016 in New Zealand and on Tuesday 22 November 2016 in Australia.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) member discounts of 10-25% apply on ALL listed Conference Rates. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • Supporting Associations (Supporters) include: AFPA, FOA, NZIF, VAFI and FICA.
  • To be eligible for the Early Bird rate, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the due date listed above. All discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations before Friday 7 October 2016 a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after 7 October 2016 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.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme were required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.



Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 500 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

FIEA’s objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region. It is now recognized as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries.

FIEA Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1383
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

Rotorua Office

Forest Industry Engineering Association
Building X91, Sala Street,
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

PO Box 1230,
Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

Ph (+64) 7 921 1383

Dunedin Office

Forest Industry Engineering Association
c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel,
6 Liverpool Street,
Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

PO Box 904,
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

Forest Industry Engineering Association: A division of Innovatek Ltd

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