International logging innovation showcase

Wednesday 5 Dec 2018

Globally technology innovations transforming forest management and harvesting - Control innovations for harvesting equipment are removing workers from the ground and improving safety and productivity simultaneously.

A few short years ago, a few innovative loggers recognised how the speed of technology could transform their operations. They worked with application and research specialists and learned from other industries. Now, with advanced operational testing in place, these same loggers are poised to bring step-change technologies to the forest.

The rugged realities and rocks and mud in working forests means that loggers only get interested when it is one of their own who makes a real breakthrough and proves a new machine or technology on the forest floor. This is now happening at pace and the innovators are set to soon achieve the vision of “No man on the hill; no hand on the saw.” It is now only a few steps from coming to reality to disrupt the logging business.

These early leaders are bringing safety and productivity to West Coast forestry workplaces. They are all keynote speakers at the HarvestTECHX Conference coming to Vancouver in mid-March 2019. Dale Ewers of internationally-recognised logger and innovator from DC Equipment (DCE) will outline the development his 15 logging sides are beginning to pilot in their operations. DCE now has advanced beyond camera grapples (operated by one man safely housed a machine cab) to realising a 5-year dream – a yarder mounted tree-felling head for steep slope logging achieving the vision of no men out on the steep forested slopes.

In fact the loggers and technology specialists working closely at DC Equipment have a plan out to the year 2030 already with developments they know will increase productivity and safety in logging to levels most people can’t even grasp yet. These plans, concepts and latest pilot-stage and proven technology developments are at the core of the 2019 “HarvesTECHX” Conference. It runs on March 13 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC. Delegates are also invited to an evening welcome reception on March 12. Register at: www.harvesttechx.events. There are limited seats available to people who get in early for an in-forest workshop hosted by BC Forest Safety Council and WorkSafe BC.

This conference sold out when it last ran in Vancouver in 2016.


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