15-16 November 2017
21-22 November 2017
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

15-16 November 2017, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
21-22 November 2017, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

ForestTECH is New Zealand and Australia’s leading forest management technology series, providing companies with the latest technologies, innovations and practical tools to increase forest operations productivity.

Event Details

What’s ForestTECH?

ForestTECH is this region’s premier technology series. It’s run for Australasia’s forest resource managers, planners and inventory foresters and run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA).

Since 2007, it’s the one event every year that continues to draw in foresters to one location in both countries. Key researchers, technology providers and forest owners are also now picking up the opportunity of building in their own client meetings, workshops and discussion groups around both the New Zealand and Australian events to capitalize on this “once a year” turnout.

What Happened Last Year?

Over 250 delegates attended the ForestTECH series in November 2016. Last year’s event highlighted new data collection technologies and advances on accessing, processing and better interpreting the associated big data streams being collected.

Rapid improvements in smartphones and tablets, the development of user friendly forestry apps and increasing connectivity had changed just how forestry companies were using this data to improve their operations – everything from the measurement of wood volumes out in the field through to the scheduling and logistics around wood flows.

What’s Planned for 2017?

The technology has moved on considerably in just 12 months. The quality and quantity of data being collected through an array of new sensors and platforms has continued to sky-rocket. The task now being grappled with is how best to use the collected data and convert it into something usable for all stakeholders.

New tools and technologies have been developed, in-forest trials by leading technology providers along with forestry companies have been completed and are being built into day-to-day forest planning and operations. Numerous research projects have also been completed and are ready to be presented to local companies.

ForestTECH 2017 will provide local forestry companies with a timely and independent overview of new data collection tools, systems for better measuring, managing and analysing this information and forestry apps that have been developed, are available, and can add value, both operationally and financially, to local forestry companies.

The focus for this year’s series will be on “unlocking the true value of data” for forest operations. Key themes for this year’s event will include:

  • Storage, processing and management of “big data”
  • Analysing and using harvester data for inventory management
  • The practical application of automation, robotics and sensors by forest managers
  • Integrating virtual and augmented reality into forestry operations
  • Results and lessons from reconciling remote sensing data in the field
  • New innovations in mobile forest apps and collection tools
  • Mobile communications advances in more remote locations
  • Workflow solutions for data collected from airborne and UAV systems
  • New mapping and GIS applications
  • Changing skill sets required by today’s forest resource managers.

Who Will Attend?

Forestry managers | Forest owners | Technical foresters | Forestry consultants | Forestry researchers
Forest resource planners | Inventory foresters | Technology & equipment suppliers

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Event Programme

We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. An updated event programme can be viewed below. A printable PDF is also available.

Programme Summary

For the full programme of both events, click the tabs above.
Session 1: The Age of Disruptive Innovation. Just how’s it changing the way we do and will be doing business?
TECH Showcase: Short presentations on new product innovations
Session 2: How can Forest Managers Best Harness Improvements in Mobile Connectivity and Satellite Imagery?
Session 3: Effective Storage, Processing and Management of "Big Data" being Collected through Remote Sensing
Networking Drinks
Industry Dinner + After-Dinner Presentation
Session 4: Optimising Remotely Acquired Data for Plantation Inventories. Results & preliminary findings from recent R&D
TECH Showcase - Short presentations on new product innovations
Session 5: Practical Collection and Integration of Field Data into Resource and Forest Management Decisions
Conference Concludes

Additional Workshops

Additional workshops are available on Forestry Orientated LiDAR Analysis and Visualization.

In conjunction with the ForestTECH 2017 series this year, Interpine will be running their own introductory workshop the day after each event – Friday 17 November, Rotorua and in Melbourne, Thursday 23 November. It will teach delegates how to manipulate, process and visualize LiDAR datasets, with a specific focus on forestry derived outputs. These include terrain and vegetation surfaces and vegetation related metrics.

In New Zealand, the course includes hands-on labs and presentations and will be held at the computer facility at Toi Ohomai in Rotorua. In Australia, participants will bring along their own computers. The workshop will be run at the ForestTECH 2017 conference venue in Melbourne. Presenters: Dr. Martin Isenburg and the Interpine Team (David Herries, Susana Gonzalez and Sarah Pitcher-Campbell). Click here for further details.

Event Sponsors

FIEA Partners

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Sponsorship Opportunities

ForestTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in developing innovative tools, technologies and resources for forestry planning and management to maximise their exposure to New Zealand and Australia’s forestry companies.

Exhibition spaces are always at a premium. FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in BOTH New Zealand and Australia.

For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits for ForestTECH 2017, or upcoming FIEA technology programmes planned, please include your details in the form on the right.

Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz

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Distinction Rotorua Hotel, NEW ZEALAND

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer.

Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates are available to delegates for a limited time:

  • $170 Superior Room
  • $190 Deluxe Room
  • $250 Hotel Suites

All rates include GST and are per room per night, based on single or double share occupancy.

Please book accommodation directly with the Distinction Rotorua Hotel via the online booking button below. If you have difficulties in using the online booking, you can call 0800 654 789, (+64) 7 349 5200 or email reservations@distinctionrotorua.co.nz.

If planning on staying at the conference venue, Distinction Rotorua Hotel, we recommend you book your accommodation early. As a tourist destination, rooms in this hotel tend to fill very quickly.

Bayview Eden Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

6 Queens Road, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Perfectly positioned for business and pleasure. Bayview Eden Melbourne is located adjacent to the beautiful Albert Park Lake & Golf Course and close to all Melbourne has to offer.

Please note accommodation at the Bayview Eden Melbourne is now BOOKED OUT. However, accommodation at their sister hotel, the Bayview on the Park, is still AVAILABLE. This hotel is only 5 minutes down road. The special accommodation rate is still available to ForestTECH 2017 delegates:

  • $162 – Superior Queen or Twin Room only

Accommodation rates include GST.

Please book accommodation directly with the Bayview Eden by calling (+61) 3 9250 2222, or email Bayview Hotels. Please mention you are attending ForestTECH 2017 for the special rate.

Registration Rates

Please Note

  • The conference above rates are per person and do not include registration for the conference dinner.
  • All prices exclude 10% GST for the Australian event and 15% GST for New Zealand event.
  • A credit card fee of 2.2% applies to credit card transactions for the Australian event and 2.5% for the New Zealand event.
  • Attendance to the conference dinner is optional and will be charged at the rate above if selected. The conference dinner is on the evening of Day One of both events.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) member discounts of 10-25% apply on ALL listed Conference Rates. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on www.fiea.org.nz. Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • Supporting Associations (Supporters) are listed via this link.
  • To be eligible for the Early Bird rate, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the due date listed above. All discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations before Friday 29 September 2017 a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme when required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.



Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 500 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

FIEA’s objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region. It is now recognized as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries.

FIEA Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

Rotorua Office

Forest Industry Engineering Association
Building X91, Sala Street,
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

PO Box 1230,
Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

Dunedin Office

Forest Industry Engineering Association
c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel,
6 Liverpool Street,
Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

PO Box 904,
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

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