WoodWeek – 12 July 2017

growing info milling transportation forest products

Click to Subscribe - It's FREE!

With the commercial building reflecting the strength of the local economy, opportunities for engineered wood are growing as well. In Australia, companies like Lendlease and Strongbuild are leaders in using engineered wood for both mid-rise residential construction and high-rise office buildings. They are among the first to recognise and capture first mover advantages such as speed of construction, material savings and performance on certain sites, giving them a leading edge over traditional materials.

Specialists from both Australian companies will be speaking at Innovatek’s upcoming conference called “Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber in Construction”. It is running on 28 September in Rotorua. This second annual conference will draw building owners, developers, architects, engineers, specifiers and many service and supply companies. Innovatek has partnered with the Rotorua Lakes Council to run this ‘Wood First’ event.

Next week we will profile the keynote speaker from Vancouver, Canada. Registrations are open now at www.cpetc2017.com.

In Northland last Friday night, the award for the Forestry Skilled Professional of the Year was presented to Shayne Maxwell from Kohurau Contracting. He pioneered the use of video and photographs for the company, recording faller behaviour and techniques and using them to teach crews.

On hand to make the trophy presentation to Shayne was the Honourable Louise Upston. He was nominated for three categories – for health and safety, felling and harvesting, and en route to the supreme award, took out the Individual Harvesting Excellence Award, and was joint winner of the Outstanding Health and Safety Management award.

One of the top-rated speakers at our recent FIEA HarvestTECH conference was Andrew Morgan from HydroWood in Tasmania. What fascinated most loggers and forest managers was how the team from HydroWood was doing a similar job to most wood producers - but doing it in a most unconventional environment and way. See more in today’s issue and register here to receive regular updates from our new blog for forest harvesting.

Subscribe a friend | Unsubscribe | Advertise Here
Share |

This week we have for you:

Recent Comments

Capturing timber’s commercial advantages

Australian companies are moving ahead of their New Zealand counterparts in commercial building. Wood is one of the key factors in the advantages they have gained. There is now a strong trend for new commercial buildings being built in timber. Engineered wood is clearly giving industry leaders the edge over traditional materials in many ways.

Companies like Lendlease and Strongbuild are among the leaders in Australia, and are at the leading edge of the building industry for both mid-rise residential construction and high-rise office buildings. First mover advantages such as speed of construction, material savings and performance on certain sites are giving the leaders an edge over traditional materials.

Both companies are part of an upcoming conference called “Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber in Construction”, running on 28 September in Rotorua. This second annual conference will draw building owners, developers, architects, engineers, specifiers and many service and supply companies.

The keynote speaker is a senior project manager – Karla Fraser – from Urban One Builders. This leading edge company delivered a new tall timber building – the now world-famous Brock Commons building on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Vancouver, Canada. The project was completed ahead of schedule and was officially handed over this week.

At 18 stories high, Brock Commons is now the tallest timber building in the world. However, recent project announcements in both the UK and USA will see that record being claimed elsewhere soon.

Conference director, John Stulen of Innovatek, says, “Building on the great response from our audience of over 150 industry professionals last year, we’ve added more case studies and a focus on showing where commercial advantages are being found.”

“We worked hard to find the right mix of speakers. With our event partners , Timber Design Society and Building Officials Institute of New Zealand, we‘ve got a great one-day conference for building professionals to learn from,” added Stulen.

“We’re thrilled to have Karla as our keynote speaker. Her expertise, enthusiasm and project experience will be very valuable, especially what she gained from the Brock Commons project.”

UBC’s building requirements reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability. Wood, as a renewable material, was chosen in part to reflect this commitment. Brock Commons was also designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification requirements.

The fire safety design of Brock Commons underwent a peer-review process involving a panel of leading fire safety experts, scientists, authorities having jurisdiction, and firefighters. In a fire, heavy timber chars on the outside while retaining strength on the inside, slowing combustion and allowing time to evacuate the building. Brock Commons has been designed to meet the one and two-hour fire ratings required for this type of building, exceeding fire and seismic standards for a concrete or steel structure.

Rotorua was the obvious choice as host city for an international commercial building conference with it’s ‘Wood-First’ policy making it a local leader in encouraging sustainable commercial buildings. The conference is set to be part of a wood technology week of events coming to the city in September, including the FIEA WoodTECH 2017 two-day conference and trade expo.

For more information and to register, visit www.cpetc2017.com.

Comment on this story    

Missed the Elmia Wood show?

Missed Elmia Wood? Here are some product highlights - Forestry enthusiasts from around the world were treated to hundreds of equipment premiers at Elmia Wood, the forestry fair held every four years in Sweden. A number of the new products were discussed also as part of the HarvestTECH 2017 event that ran a couple of weeks ago by the Forest Industry Engineering Association in New Zealand.

Couldn't make the show in Sweden yourself? Canadian Forest Industries was there to take in all the action and have brought together some product highlights. Watch their wrap-up video here. A summary of some of the other key product highlights they picked up can also be found here.

Comment on this story    

Northland recognises top performers

Last Friday night in Whangarei, a man who leads by example to the highest of standards was crowned the Northland Forestry Skilled Professional of the Year before nearly 500 of his peers at the annual awards.

Shayne Maxwell was awarded the prestigious and much sought-after trophy by Honourable Louise Upston. He was nominated for three categories – for health and safety, felling and harvesting, and en route to the supreme award, took out the Individual Harvesting Excellence Award, and was joint winner of the Outstanding Health and Safety Management award.

Mr Maxwell works as a health and safety manager and company trainer for Kohurau Contracting, but still keeps his hand in as a faller, breaker out and hauler driver. He grew up in the central North Island, starting his forestry career in ground base and hauler logging before moving his family to Northland.
Not one to sit on his laurels, Mr Maxwell is part way through a bachelor’s degree in psychology, which he is already putting to good use out in the forests. He works on mindfulness and other platforms to motivate people to maintain safe practice.

His employers say that he brings mana to their company and as an expert hauler faller, can truly walk in the shoes of others he works with.

Mr Maxwell developed the health and safety systems, with a particular focus on falling and breaking out, for Kohurau Contracting. He pioneered the use of video and photographs for the company, recording faller behaviour and techniques and using them to teach crews.

He has also helped develop the company’s use of scanning technology and smart phones to record and share vital information. His peers say the much-improved safety record of the company is a huge credit to Mr Maxwell.

Judge Jacqui Coyne-Apiata says Maxwell was a stand-out winner among a very competitive field. “Shayne has shown he has the qualities to become a legend of our industry,” said Ms Coyne-Apiata, who judged alongside Brett Jobe and Mike Goodison.

“He is someone we felt could stand before the industry and be celebrated. He has a high level of discipline and wisdom and is continually developing himself so he has more to offer.”

Two new categories were introduced this year to the awards – the Faller Excellence Award and the Breaker Out Excellence Award – and both had been very well supported with an extremely high calibre of entrants. The Harvesting Excellence Award had a number who could have “stood on the stage and owned it”.

“That is really exciting for our region and the industry,” said Ms Coyne-Apiata. “It is great to see the level of competition and the number of contractors and individuals who are really demonstrating their leadership – especially in the health and safety and environment categories.”

This is the second Northland Forestry Awards, and organisers are very pleased with the increased number of entries and support they received from the wider industry and sponsors.

“These awards are showing in this second year, how important they are for the industry in Northland because it is a chance to role model the professionals we have and continue the development of our safety culture within the region,” says Andrew Widdowson, chair of the awards organising committee and spokesman for the Northland Wood Council.

“The Northland Forestry Awards provide us with an occasion to celebrate the industry and the positive impact it has for the region, the fantastic people we have working on the ground and the opportunities if offers.”

TV personality Pio Terei was the MC for the awards, which were held at the ASB Stadium in Whangarei.

Awards Winners:

Training Excellence
Trainee of the Year: Michelle Harrison – Wise on Wood
Training Company/Contractor: Northpine

Skilled Professionals
Forestry Excellence: Jonathan Tukaki – Silviculture Contractors
Roading Excellence: Bill Ringrose – JSB Construction
Harvesting Excellence: Shayne Maxwell – Kohurau Contracting
Distribution Excellence: Frances Leslie – C3
Wood Processing Excellence: Nathan Jacoby - Northpine
Breaker Out Excellence: Dwaine Chaise – Skipps Logging
Faller Excellence: Buck Reihana – Kohurau Contracting

Industry Development Awards
Forestry Family of the Year: Charles Logging
Contractor of the Year: Stokes Logging
Outstanding H&S Management: Rosewarne Cable Loggers & Shayne Maxwell, Kohurau Contracting (Joint Winners)
Outstanding Environmental: Rosewarne Cable Loggers

Comment on this story    

Hydrowood well received at HarvestTECH

One of the top-rated speakers at our recent FIEA HarvestTECH conference was Andrew Morgan from HydroWood in Tasmania. What fascinated most loggers and forest managers was how the team from HydroWood was doing a similar job to most wood producers - but doing it in a most unconventional environment and way.

Hydrowood is one the world’s first underwater forestry operations, so just about every step of our journey has presented us with challenges. Or as we like to call them, opportunities. It’s not every day you get to blaze a trail. We look forward to the hiccups and curly ones, it’s our chance to pioneer unique solutions.

Finding trees in a lake as dark as it is deep is tough. Sonar was the obvious solution, but we went one better. We turned the volume up to 11, so our sonar not only tells us where the trees are, but what species they are too. This innovation saves us countless man hours and a whole heap of guess work.

Harvesting trees underwater is the same as on dry land, except upside-down. So we custom built a barge fitted with a waterproof harvester designed to go down into the depths instead of up into the canopy. This allows us to harvest upside-down and as fast as any land based operation.

For more information like this and regular updates on the hottest technology updates in forest harvesting sign up to our regular blogposts, you can do it by clicking here.

Comment on this story    

ANZ Commodity Price Index

The ANZ Commodity Price Index lifted 2.1% (m/m) in June (+25% y/y). The continued surge in milkfat and sheepmeat prices led the charge, but there were declines for wool, wholemilk powder, casein, apples and aluminium. Overall dairy prices nudged up 2.9% in June (+49% y/y) and non-dairy prices increased 1.7% (+10% y/y). The NZD index slipped 1.6% m/m due to the stronger NZD, but this needs to be kept in perspective with local returns up 20% y/y. In terms of sector specifics:

  • Dairy prices increased 2.9% m/m in June (+49% y/y). The increase was led by butter (+12%), cheese (+8%) and skim milk powder (+5%). A flat seasonal peak in European production as winter conditions lingered into spring has supported skim milk powder and butter prices. Butter supplies remain tight and demand strong from both the retail and foodservice sector across a range of key import countries. The offset was slightly lower wholemilk powder (-1.6%) and casein (-0.8%) prices in June. Wholemilk powder prices took a breather as buyers awaited higher seasonal supply from New Zealand, Chinese buyers held back for the free-trade window in December/January and additional volumes (10,000 mt, 3% for year) were added to the GlobalDairyTrade platform.

  • Meat prices continued their strong performance, up 2.8% m/m in world terms. Lamb prices rose 4.7% m/m, with tight Australasian supply spurring further intermarket competition across all major markets and cuts. Many major cuts are now approaching record highs, with in-market prices 35% above last year. Beef prices rose 1.7% m/m, with tight domestic supplies and higher seasonal demand pushing prices higher again. Prices are expected to ease when seasonal demand subsides and local supply conditions improve, with higher feedlot placements having occurred. Skin prices bounced (+3.5% m/m), but wool prices continued to push lower (-0.7% m/m) with high inventory levels in China weighing.

  • Seafood prices increased 2.4% m/m. The increase was driven by improved hoki and rock lobster prices.

  • Horticulture prices maintained their momentum in June (+1.4% m/m) after surging in May. Apples moderated a touch (-1.8% m/m), but kiwifruit prices increased further (+2.7% m/m). Green kiwifruit markets are very short of NZ product due to a late harvest and lower overall volumes. This, combined with solid demand across major markets, has seen Zespri lift the bottom of its forecast orchard gate returns for Green and push the Gold forecast higher too.

  • The forestry group increased 0.4% m/m driven by a further lift in log prices. Log prices continue to be supported by Chinese demand with port-level inventory and offtake continuing to track favourably. The Chinese government has also announced lower tariffs on logs in a bid to curb the use of logs from their own native forests. Local demand has experienced the usual seasonal slowdown, but unpruned demand for structural timber and posts/polls remains strong.

  • Aluminium prices fell (-1.5% m/m). Aluminium inventories are substantially lower than normal seasonal levels. However, there has been mixed movements recently, with London Metal Exchange (LME) inventories falling, while Shanghai Future Exchange (SFE) stocks have been rising. The latter is being driven by rising Chinese production (+11% ytd), despite Chinese smelters promising to reduce capacity.

Source: ANZ

Comment on this story    

Carbomap Ready to Map the World

Carbomap Ready to Map the World with Advanced LiDAR on Fixed-Wing UAV

Carbomap, an environmental survey company, in collaboration with high performance LiDAR manufacturer RIEGL, UAVE and The University of Edinburgh, today announced the first successful demonstration flight of a RIEGL VUX-1LR survey-grade waveform laser scanner on a fixed wing, long range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This is likely the first time that such a high-performance scanner has ever flown on a fixed wing UAV with such an advanced specification for long duration (8 hrs) and long range (1,000 km).

With centimetre-scale 3-dimensional accuracy, this breakthrough development will greatly increase the worldwide accessibility to high quality laser scanning (known as LiDAR). Throughout the world, LiDAR data is used for mapping infrastructure, conducting forest inventory, and determining flood risk in river basins, for example. However, obtaining such high quality 3D data can be very expensive to obtain using conventional airborne surveys. It is difficult to process without specialised software, and as a consequence, it is rarely available in most developing nations. By bringing such instruments together into a single UAV system (named Forest-Lux or F-Lux, for short), together with its own solution-focused software, it is now possible to get a system that can be a local asset, under local stakeholder control, and be operated at an affordable price in any country in the world.

Prof Iain Woodhouse, CEO of Carbomap, explained the breakthrough: “When every forest country in the World has two or more, F-Lux systems, all locally operated at local rates, in local stakeholder control, and ready to fly at short notice, then sub-metre elevation data will become accessible to everyone, worldwide, at a fraction of todays costs.”

More >>

Source: Carbomap

Comment on this story    

Like it or not - it's election season

Yes, for the next two months the kids are out of school (I mean the pollies are out of Parliament) and they will be telling us why we need to vote for them.

Here are some links to the parties that have something to say specifically about forestry:

Green Party
NZ First

The Opportunities Party

NO SPECIFIC POLICY announced to date for forestry:
Labour Party
National Party

NOTHING SPECIFIC and no change since 2014:
Maori Party: Still refers to 2014 policies (newest reference)

Comment on this story    

Millions of hectares of forests 'discovered'

Scientists have discovered a whopping 467 million hectares of previously unreported forest scattered around the world, a finding that they say could have a big impact on global carbon budgeting moving forward. The finding boosts estimates of global forest coverage by 10 percent, and changes our understanding of how well drylands, where these forests happen to be situated, can support trees.

It’s not that these forests were hidden away in deep valleys or remote mountain regions. An international team of scientists discovered the new forests by re-examining previously surveyed drylands around the world. The problem with these previous surveys, the scientists say, is that the low density of trees paired with the reliance on low-res satellite images and no ground validation provided inaccurate measurements.

This time around, the scientists tapped the vastly improved satellite imagery from Google Earth, which covered more than 210,000 dryland sites, and ground data gathered by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network to carry out a new global analysis of dryland forest cover.

According to the results, drylands contain 45 percent more forest than the previous surveys had suggested. The new coverage is equivalent to 60 percent the size of Australia, with new forest uncovered on all inhabited continents and Africa doubling the size of its known dryland forests.

“To ‘find’ an area of forest that represents 10 percent of the global forest cover is very very significant, with broad consequences for global carbon budgeting and dryland restoration and management,” says Professor Andrew Lowe, Chair of Plant Conservation Biology at the University of Adelaide.

“It shows that dryland regions have a greater capacity to support trees than previously perceived and understood. With its low opportunity costs, dryland could, therefore, provide a unique chance to mitigate climate change through large-scale conservation and afforestation actions. It also shows the potential for improved livelihoods of the people in these areas.”

Drylands currently make up around 40 percent of the world’s land surface, and could expand by 11 to 23 percent by the end of this century, the researchers write in The Conversation citing current climate modelling. Finding that these regions can support more trees and, in turn, store more carbon, could, therefore, be very useful knowledge for conservationists mapping out strategies for the coming decades.

The research was published in the journal Science.

Source: University of Adelaide

Comment on this story    


Buy and Sell

... and finally ... say it ain't so ...

Sometimes, the first step towards forgiveness is simply realising that the other person was born an idiot.

Trying to pick my favourite politician is like trying to decide which STD is just right for me

How many boxes of thin mints do I have to eat before I start seeing results?

Growing old is hard work ... The mind says “yes” but, the body says “what the hell are you thinking?”

My bed is a magical place where I can suddenly remember everything I was supposed to do today.

I thought growing old would have taken longer.


Jake is five and learning to read. He pointed to a picture in a zoo book and says “look mum, its a frickin elephant”.
After a deep breath, his mother asks, “what did you say?"
“It’s a frickin elephant. It says so on the picture!“
And so it does… African Elephant!


Thanks to one of our loyal readers for supplying this excellent video clip - it gets my vote for "Commercial of the Year!" With wood at the centre of the plot its hilarious play on an old joke ... go on, have a look!

That's all for our mid-week wood news roundup.

If you enjoy WoodWeek - pass it on. And tell a mate to subscribe as well – it’s FREE!

John Stulen
PO Box 1230
Building X91, Scion Campus, 99 Sala Street
Rotorua, New Zealand
Tel: +64 27 275 8011
Web: www.woodweek.com

Share |

We welcome comments and contributions on WoodWeek. For details on advertising for positions within the forest products industry or for products and services, either within the weekly newsletter or on this web page, please contact us.

Subscribe! It's Free!
Advertise Here
Copyright 2004-2018 © Innovatek Ltd. All rights reserved
Bookmark and Share