18-19 November 2015
Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND

24-25 November 2015
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

ForestTECH 2015 – Post Event Summary

ForestTECH is the annual technology series run by FIEA for Australasia’s senior resource managers and inventory foresters. It’s the one event each year that continues to draw in specialist forestry staff from both countries. Key researchers, technology providers and forest owners also take up the opportunity to build in client meetings, workshops and discussion groups around both the New Zealand and Australian events to capitalize on the “once a year” turnout.

In 2014, the ForestTECH event profiled new developments in remote sensing and analytical tools for forestry companies, the operational use of airborne and terrestrial LiDAR and its integration into forest inventory and planning systems, developments in new satellite imagery and results from UAV trials collecting high-resolution spatial datasets for forestry companies.

ForestTECH 2015 attracted over 250 to the series in November 2015. The programme was designed to build on the operational trials profiled in late 2014. New data collection technologies including satellite imagery, UAV platforms, airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, harvester information, in-field sensors and improved field data collection and reporting are increasingly being introduced to forestry operations. Leading communications and resource specialists bought in for the series demonstrated and discussed how local foresters’ could best handle the increasing volumes of data being collected out in the field.

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. Speedy development of digital gadgets like smartphones and tablets and improved connectivity has changed how forestry companies are collecting and managing data to improve their operations. Forestry apps and the development of mobile forestry applications continue to rise exponentially – from measurement of wood volumes out in the field through to scheduling and logistics of wood flows.

ForestTECH 2015 provided local forestry companies with a timely overview of data collection tools, systems for better managing and analyzing this information and forestry apps that have been developed, are available, and are adding value to forestry companies around the world right now.

What was Covered?

Mobile apps  –  Big data  –  Tablets & smartphones  –  Communications – Satellite imagery – Online tools – Wireless infrastructure – M2M – Real-time analytics – Cloud-based platforms – Remote sensors – Inventory & Measurement – Optimisation systems

Who Attended?

Forestry managers – Forest owners – Inventory foresters – Forestry consultants – Forest GIS remote sensing specialists – Forest resource planners – Forest researchers – Technology & equipment suppliers

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Sponsorship Opportunities

ForestTECH 2015 offered a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in developing mobile and web connected resources for forestry planning and management to maximize their exposure to New Zealand and Australia’s forestry companies.

Exhibition spaces at this event were 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 to next year’s ForestTECH event 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, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz

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About FIEA

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 200 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.

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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

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