Foresters benefit from practical technology

Vancouver, BC – Practical foresters with ‘boots on the ground’ experience will feature an international forest technology conference coming in March. They’ll demonstrate how strong provider-user partnerships can speed implementation and adoption of timesaving forest management technologies.

One international keynote speaker, David Herries from Interpine, leads a company well versed in creating partnerships to improve measurement for forest management clients.

Herries says, “We work with our forest management client shaping the forestry of today with the technology of tomorrow. Our research and practical innovation set us apart from other providers.”

“Interpine has been a leader in development of step change technology originally by developing custom forestry measuring tools, equipment and new qualifications.”

“Now we lead the way with step change with electronic data capture, log bucking, handheld optimization and 3D bench scanning equipment. Our team are developing new forest inventory techniques, carbon analysis systems, and working in harvesting and wood quality research.”

Key new technology applications include:

  • Forest Inventory Data Collection Software
  • Yield Table Analysis Software
  • Laser Branch Classification Calipers
  • Harvesting Machine Navigation and Stability Warning System
  • Harvester and Woodflow Information System

Another exhibitor, aiTree, has been active in the forest industry. One of their applications – Forest Simulation Optimization System (FSOS) – has been developed, applied and improved for over 20 years in British Columbia. It can be used to optimize conflicting objectives from a managed forest including: wildlife habitat, biodiversity, water quality, visual quality, timber production and carbon storage.

FSOS focuses on both “what we can take from the forest” and “what we can create in the forest”. FSOS integrates forest management long-term strategies with short-term operations. It is a user-friendly, intuitive tool for forest planners, researchers and students to learn forest modelling, artificial intelligence algorithms, and cloud computing. Visit:

Their team takes a systematic approach to collecting and using operational data to generate solutions using algorithms. They then carry out data analysis for planning and implementation. Finally, feedback is collated from operational users to validate their processes.

Interpine, aiTree and others will be at the 2018 ForestTECHX conference running March 6th – 7th at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, BC. To register see: