Woodflow Logistics Conference: International appeal

Wednesday 7 Feb 2018

The Woodflow Logistics Conference series in coming June is Australasia’s premier technology event for forestry, wood products, transport and logistics companies. It's the flagship biennial event for the freight and logistics sector from Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). Several international speakers from Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Canada, Sweden and Estonia have already been confirmed.

With over 30% of delivered log costs in transport, the conference is a showcase for the latest technologies for moving wood from the forest through log yards, processing plants, ports and on to markets.

“We are drawing strong interest from speakers, including some international ones,” says FIEA Director, Brent Apthorp. “Two years ago, our Woodflow conferences attracted over 250 operations managers, harvesting contractors, wood transport operators and planners from both sides of the Tasman”.

The event also demonstrates new initiatives and operating practices being employed by our most innovate people in leading companies to improve planning, logistics & operations within the wood supply chain.

“The June 2018 event is going to be building on the success, momentum and feedback provided by industry from these last two events” says Brent Apthorp. “Mark the dates, 20-21 June, Melbourne, Australia and 26-27 June, Rotorua, New Zealand into your diaries”.

“Our key themes this year are innovations in log scaling, measurement and tracking” says Mr Apthorp. “Both vision and scanning technologies for volumetric measurement of logs and woodchips have been evaluated. We’ll be hearing from the company installing the first 3D laser measurement system in Australasia to measure the solid volume of logs on truck".

We’ll also be getting an update on progress being made on an Australian code of practice for volumetric measurement of logs through scanning and a European company will be profiling their system that they've developed for measuring and reporting stacked log volumes using a smartphone app”.

Exhibition booths are being snapped up too. To secure your space, contact gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

FIEA has also confirmed an additional workshop on transport planning has been added to both countries for event delegates. Discussions are also underway for at least one more workshop to add value to those coming through to either venue in mid-June.

Event information and early programme details for both countries can be found at www.woodflow.events


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