HarvestTECH 2021 Programme

13-14 April 2021, Rotorua, New Zealand
Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday 12 April 2021

Timezone: NZDT
1.00pm - 4.00pm

Remsoft Workshop/User Group: Developing an Intelligent Roadmap for Harvest and Wood Flow Planning

Leveraging analytics technology to meet harvest and wood flow planning goals, with tech tips and take-away tools to develop your Planning Roadmap. More details can be viewed via this link.

Corinne Watson, Asia Pacific General Manager, Remsoft, New Zealand (in-person), Sandy Loder, Senior Analyst & Sacha Gascoigne, Technical Sales Analyst Remsoft, Canada (live remote)


Tuesday 13 April 2021

Wood Transport, Log Measurement & Scaling, Wood Flow Logistics
Timezone: NZDT

Welcome & Introduction



Keynote Address: Effectively Managing your Supply Chain

Technology changes impacting on just how your business and operations might run.

Graeme Muller, Chief Executive Officer, NZTech

Session 1: Disruptive Technologies Reshaping the Wood Supply Chain

Managing Wood Haulage Operations in Brazil

Challenges and solutions being employed by Suzano, the world’s largest eucalyptus pulp producer and owner of the largest eucalyptus plantations in Brazil

Angelo Moura, Operational Development, Suzano, Brazil (live remote OR live)


Virtual and Augmented Reality

Taking disruptive technologies out of the lab and operationally, out into the forest

Stephan Hoffmann, School of Forestry, University of Canterbury (live or live remote)


TECH Showcase

Short presentations on new product innovations


Lunch & Networking

Session 2: Advances & Innovations in Automated Measurement, Log Scaling, and Tracking


COM3TS: A new automated system for Australasian mobile log scaling operation

Gavin Hudson, COO, C3 NZ and Pederson Group


Digitising Log Measurements on Truck and Tracking Shipments through the Wood Supply Chain

Recent trials and operational use of the technologies in Europe and with Chile’s major pulp and paper company, CMPC

Martin Kambla, Chief Technology Officer, and Co-Founder, Timbeter, Estonia (pre-recorded OR live)


Automated Volumetric Measurements of Truckloads and Log Piles

Results from recent operational trials using laser, photogrammetry and stereoscopic sensing technologies in Australia

Mauricio Acuna, Senior Research Fellow, FIRC/AFORA - University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia (live remote OR live)


A World Log Scaling First: The development and roll out of automated robotic log scaling solutions

Steve Saunders, Chairman & Founder, Robotics Plus


Replacing Paper Log Dockets across the Log Supply Chain

Lessons from implementing a new system of electronic log docketing across a forestry business

Nigel Brabyn, Process Improvement Leader, OneFortyOne


Afternoon Tea & Networking

Session 3: Innovative Systems to Better Integrate Planning, Operations, Harvesting and Wood Transport

Harnessing Data to Drive Business Decisions

A new virtual intelligence tool turning 10 years of collected data to more effectively drive port and customer efficiencies

Jan Augustyn, General Manager - Business Performance Improvement, C3


Don’t Just Stop at the Dockets - think Digital Ecosystem

Tracking wood supplies from forest compartment to customer location (mill, port). Case studies of local implementation

Grant Hull, CEO LOGR, Australia & OneFortyOne, Green Triangle Forest Products and Timberlands Pacific (live remote OR live)


A Paperless Exchange – from Harvest to Delivery

Case study of recent implementation across a major North Island log haulage operation

Campbell Gilmour, Eastern Group General Manager, Pacific Haulage/Williams & Wilshier & David Joll, General Manager, Trimble Forestry Logistics


Tall Timber & Tall Tales

Paul Mahoney, NZ Logging Historian


Drinks, Refreshments & Networking


Wednesday 14 April 2021

Innovations in Mechanised Harvesting Operations and Technologies

Timezone: NZDT


Welcome & Introduction



Weiler Forestry now in NZ

How a family owned business with a long-standing history of successfully manufacturing purpose-built equipment has expanded its reach “down under.

Bill Hood, Vice President, Weiler Forestry, USA (live remote OR live)

Session 4: Advancements in Mechanised Harvesting & Steep Slope Felling Technologies


Mechanised Felling & Extraction using T-Winch Traction Assist

Case study of a Northland ground-based harvesting operation moving to steeper terrain.

Peter Davies Colley, Owner/Operator, The Tree People & Ian Wilton, Business Director, FORCO


Automated Grapple & Hauler Control: Results from recent in-forest trials

Iain May, Director, Rosewarne Cable Loggers & Keith Raymond, Theme Leader Harvesting, Forest Growers Research


Smart Technology

Matt Flood, Product Marketing Manager, Precision Forestry, John Deere Forestry, USA (live remote)


Teleforest’s Self-Propelled Carriage Cable Yarding System

Early results from Northland harvesting operations

Frank O’Meara, Sales Manager, Teleforest (NZ)


Maximising the Benefits of Mechanical Log Processing

A case study using 120,000 logs drawn from 27 harvesting crews from across the central North Island.

Thornton Campbell, Woodflow and Distribution Scheduler, Hancock Forest Management


Winch-assist System Utilization and Productivity Measures from New Zealand and Canadian Operations

Overview of recent winch-assist studies.

Cameron Leslie, Harvest & Forest Manager, Leslie Forestry


TECH Showcase

Short presentations on new product innovations.


Lunch & Networking

Session 5: Ensuring the Sustainability of our Wood Harvesting Operations

Technologies and environmental best practices in harvest planning, roading and stream crossing design and management of harvest residues.


A New System for Merchantable Volume Assessments

Drone data collection, AI and post-harvest analysis using VR. Opportunities for assessing cutover residues on steeper terrain..

David Herries, GM, Interpine Group


Managing Harvesting Residues on Steeper Slopes

Quantifying the volume and distribution of post-harvest residues. Early recommendations for slash management guidelines and future management.

Campbell Harvey, PHD Student/Researcher, School of Forestry, University of Canterbury


Using Data Collected from Truck Mounted Lidar for the Construction and Surfacing of Forest Roads

Fernando Paredes, Chief of Productivity and Quality of Forest Operations, Forestal Mininco, Chile (live remote)


Observations from the 2018 Tolaga Bay Storm

A review on debris flow triggers and the effectiveness of different types of slash catch catchers. Thoughts for current and future debris flow mitigations.

Andy Costello, Harvest Planning Manager, Aratu Forests


Extracting Slash from Waterways in High Risk Erosion Prone Steepland Forests

Results from recent trials using the HeliHawk slash grapple.

Keith Raymond, Theme Leader Harvesting, Forest Growers Research


Meeting more Restrictive Requirements for Stream Crossings during Harvesting

Building in low profile-low level crossings to an East Coast forestry operation.

Andy Costello, Harvest Planning Manager, Aratu Forests & Craig Langsford, Engineer, Bridge It NZ


Supply Chain Innovation & Optimisation R&D

Application of advanced sensors into harvesting operations and log identification and tracking technologies

Dr Glen Murphy, Project Leader, Forest Growers Research


Conference wrap-up


Conference Concludes

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