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Ev­ery two years the movers and shak­ers of the New Zealand forestry world come to­gether to plot the course of the in­dus­try at the ForestWood con­fer­ence. The 2018 edi­tion took place in Welling­ton last month amid con­cerns over log sup­ply to lo­cal mills and dis­cus­sion about the in­dus­try’s fu­ture role.

WITH 30-TO-40% OF DE­LIV­ERED LOG COSTS BE­ING CON­TRIB­UTED by trans­port, there’s plenty of in­cen­tive to make cartage more ef­fi­cient.

And this year’s Wood­flow con­fer­ences run­ning in Ro­torua and Mel­bourne will be fo­cus­ing on the very lat­est tech­nolo­gies for mov­ing wood from the for­est through to the log yard, pro­cess­ing plant, port or mar­ket.

The two events, which take place in June, will high­light new ini­tia­tives and op­er­at­ing prac­tices be­ing em­ployed by lead­ing com­pa­nies to im­prove plan­ning, lo­gis­tics and op­er­a­tions within the wood sup­ply chain.

Held ev­ery two years by the For­est In­dus­try En­gi­neer­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (FIEA), they are ex­pected to draw plenty of in­ter­est.

FIEA Di­rec­tor, Brent Apthorp, says: “At the last Wood­flow events run two years ago, we had over 250 har­vest­ing con­trac­tors, wood trans­port oper­a­tors and plan­ners at­tend­ing.

“For the Wood­flow events this June, key in­dus­try and tech providers from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Chile, Swe­den, Hong Kong and Es­to­nia have al­ready been con­firmed, ex­hi­bi­tion booths are be­ing snapped up and rel­e­vant in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions are lend­ing their sup­port.”

Con­fer­ence del­e­gates this year will also have the op­por­tu­nity of reg­is­ter­ing for two pre-con­fer­ence work­shops; Cloud-based Op­er­a­tions Man­age­ment and Trans­port Plan­ning. Both are free to Wood­flow 2018 con­fer­ence del­e­gates and will run on the af­ter­noon be­fore each con­fer­ence.

“One of the key themes be­ing ad­dressed this year are new in­no­va­tions around log scal­ing, mea­sure­ment and track­ing,” says Mr. Apthorp.

“Both vi­sion and scan­ning tech­nolo­gies for vol­u­met­ric mea­sure­ment of logs and wood­chips have re­cently been eval­u­ated. We’ll hear from the com­pany in­stalling the first 3D laser mea­sure­ment sys­tem in Aus­trala­sia (and SE Asia) to mea­sure the solid vol­ume of bulk hard­wood logs on truck, we’ll catch up on progress be­ing made on an Aus­tralian code of prac­tice for the vol­u­met­ric mea­sure­ment of logs through scan­ning and hear from a Euro­pean com­pany who have de­vel­oped a sys­tem for mea­sur­ing and re­port­ing stacked log vol­umes us­ing a smart­phone App.”

Com­pa­nies at the fore­front of in­no­va­tions like Sca­nia in Hong Kong, the LOTS Group of Swe­den, Fore­stal Min­inco of Chile, JRP So­lu­tions of Canada and New Zealand’s own Zero Emis­sion Ve­hi­cles, with be joined by lo­cal forestry com­pa­nies in­clud­ing FCNSW, Forico, Nel­son Forests, HQPlan­ta­tions and OneFortyOne Plan­ta­tions to share their ex­pe­ri­ences.

Wood­flow 2018 runs on June 20-21 in Mel­bourne and then on June 26-27 in Ro­torua. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.wood­


In­no­va­tions in log trans­port will be show­cased at the Wood­flow 2018 con­fer­ence.

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