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Forest Tech - Digital and AI

Webinar 2022-02-23

ForestTECH – What is it?


ForestTECH is Australasia’s premier annual forest technology event. It’s being run now for 14 years, principally in New Zealand and Australia. It’s aimed at resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and more recently, tree crop supervisors and forest establishment and silvicultural managers.


What Happened last Time?


ForestTECH 2020, against all odds, ran in Rotorua, New Zealand. In the lead up to the annual technology event, most within the industry would have thought that it would have been a very hard (in fact, nigh near impossible) task to get forestry resource and tree crop managers together from across Australasia at any physical event.

Despite COVID-19, country border restrictions, tight health and safety requirements for running physical events and a minor scare in Auckland the week before the event, ForestTECH 2020 ran in Rotorua, New Zealand in November 2020.


Record attendances


Well over 300 attended ForestTECH 2020. Workshops, meetings, field demonstrations and a two-day technology conference and trade exhibitions all ran for the wider industry over the week. The live and virtual hybrid format for ForestTECH 2020 also enabled a much wider cross-section of international presenters and delegates to be involved.

Delegates from 20 different countries for the first time were involved as part of the online streaming of the event out of Rotorua, New Zealand. Companies located in; New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Brazil, USA, Canada, Columbia, Chile, Ireland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China, South Africa, Latvia, Singapore and the United Kingdom were involved in ForestTECH 2020.


What’s planned for ForestTECH 2021/22?


Content: ForestTECH 2021/22 has been split into two main technology streams;

  1. Remote sensing, data capture and inventory management, and
  2. Forest establishment, mechanised planting and silviculture.


Topics covered:

  • Remote sensing/ satellite imagery technologies
  • Mechanised & automated planting systems
  • Advances in silvicultural treatments
  • Data capture technologies and operational use
  • Inventory management
  • Big data management IT solutions
  • Drone-based imaging and data capture
  • Options for AI and deep learning