ForestTECH has proved to be one of New Zealand and Australia’s most popular conference on new technology and innovation in the forest industry. In 2018, we brought ForestTECHx to Vancouver, Canada. This was an invaluable chance to meet and hear from the latest innovators in the North American forest industry.
March 7, 2018
Vancouver, CANADA

Event Details

What was Planned?

Session 1
The age of disruptive innovation: Just how is it changing the way we do and will be doing business?

Session 2

How can forest managers best harness improvements in mobile connectivity and satellite imagery?

Session 3
Big Data: Effective storage, processing and management or information being collected through remote sensing.

Session 4
Harvest planning tools: How can harvester head data be utilised?

LiDAR Workshop

Interpine ran a LiDAR Workshop following the conference on Thursday March 8th, 2018.

There were limited spaces at this workshop, available only to registered ForestTECHX conference delegates.

The LiDAR Workshop SOLD OUT

Conference Program

Wednesday March 7th, 2018

7:30am: Registrations

8:00am: Welcome & Introduction by conference hosts
Anthony Robinson, Logging & Sawmilling Journal and John Stulen, Innovatek Ltd

SESSION 1: The age of disruptive innovation: just how is it changing the way we do and will be doing business?
8:15am Keynote Address: Disruptive innovation: Brought to you by big data
Garret Mullooly, Chief Operating Officer, TreeMetrics, IRELAND

8:50am: How Timbeter is streamlining costs, sales and logistics
Vallo Visnapuu, Chief Executive Officer, Timbeter, ESTONIA

9:20am Case Study: Disruptive innovation
Kevin Lim, President and CTO, Lim Geomatics, CANADA

10:00am: Coffee break and Networking

Wednesday March 7th, 2018

SESSION 2: How can forest managers best harness improvements in mobile connectivity and satellite imagery?
10:30am: Practical utilisation of satellite imagery for resource and operational management
David Herries, General Manager, Interpine Innovation, NEW ZEALAND

11:00am: Case Study: Experiential learnings to avoid pitfalls when integrating UAVs into your forest management and inventory systems
Philip Reece, President and CEO, InDro Robotics and Remote Sensing, CANADA

11:30am: Frontline deployment of UAVs in Australian forest operations
Mike Sutton, Manager of Forest Information and Planning, Forestry Corporation NSW, AUSTRALIA

12:00pm: Lunch and Networking

Wednesday March 7th, 2018
SESSION 3: Big data: Effective storage, processing and management of information collected by remote sensing
1:00pm: Individual tree inventories using LiDAR
Cam Brown, Forsite, CANADA, and Mike Parlow, Object Raku Technologies, CANADA

1:30pm: Advanced forest inventory techniques using high spatial resolution optical remote sensing imagery and LiDAR
Dr Nicholas Coops, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, University of British Columbia, CANADA

2:00pm: How not to waste money with remote-sensing
Zack Parisa, Founder and President, SilviaTerra, UNITED STATES

Wednesday March 7th, 2018
SESSION 4: Focus on harvest planning tools

2:30pm: Forest manager perspectives on using harvester head data
Ian Wilson, Harvesting Performance Services Manager, Interpine Innovation, NEW ZEALAND

3:00pm: Coffee break and Networking

3:30pm: Contractor business perspectives on management by harvester head data: ‘Nice-to-have’ or critical tool?
Ian Reid, Director, Austimber Harvesting, AUSTRALIA, and Jules Larsen, Distribution and Operations Manager, Waratah, AUSTRALIA

4:15pm: Increasing log value with collaborative harvest planning: Real time work scheduling and resource allocation
Juha Käppi, Service Manager, Trimble Forestry, CANADA

4:35pm: LiDAR and imagery-derived enhanced forest inventories in 2018
Riley Côté-DeMerchant, Forestry Account Manager, Leading Edge Geomatics, CANADA

5:00pm: Networking and refreshments

6:30pm: Conference concludes

Download the PDF Program
Who Attended?
  • Forestry managers and owners
  • Harvest planners
  • Harvesting contractors
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry H&S managers
  • Forestry consultants
  • Plantation forestry researchers


Executive Airport Plaza Hotel

7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

Accommodation: Special ForestTECHx 2018 room rates are available to delegates at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel Richmond. Please state you are attending the ForestTECHx conference when booking.

For online accommodation bookings go to the hotel website or call (604) 278-5555 or 1-800-663-2878 and mention that you are attending the ForestTECH 2018 conference.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

ForestTECHx offered a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in forest harvesting and management to maximize their exposure to North American forestry companies.

Exhibition space at ForestTECHx 2018 SOLD OUT!

Be part of another major event for this regions forestry sector. Exhibition spaces are always at a premium and Innovatek has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry.

For a full range of future sponsorship options and benefits please contact John Stulen at Innovatek.

2018 Event Sponsors
Media Partners

About Us

Innovatek specialises in connecting and supporting businesses with the latest intelligence, technologies and innovations best suited to their operations.

Innovatek also produces Australasia’s two leading newsletters for the forest products industry, Friday Offcuts and WoodWeek.

Established in 1969, Logging and Sawmilling Journal covers both woodlands and timber processing sectors from the small logging contractor to the senior executive building state-of-the-art mills, wood energy and wood pellet facilities.

Click HERE to view our current issue online

Since 1975, each issue of TimberWest has been packed with valuable job stories on successful mechanized harvesting, wood processing techniques and equipment. Also inside you’ll find timely information on legislation, industry news, annual events, people profiles and products reviews.

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Key Contacts

LSJ / TimberWest
Anthony Robinson

(+1) 604 990 9970

PO Box 86670
BC V7L 4L2

Tahlia Hopkins

(+64) 7 921 1382

PO Box 1230
Rotorua 3040
New Zealand

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