6th International Forest Engineering Conference: "Quenching our thirst for new knowledge"

26 April 2018

I think we can safely say FEC2018 was a success! We had 165 people from more than 20 countries attend the 4-day programme that included a day of workshops, a field trip and 2 days of technical sessions.

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Presentations: There were 60 oral presentations and 15 posters. With kind permission from the presenters, we are providing PDF’s of each presentation linked to their presentation titles. For those that submitted a paper or extended abstract, they are also available as PDF.

Workshops: We would like to thank Scion (Research), Interpine (Technology), EMS (Winch-Assist), Waratah (Factory Tour), Trimble (Truck Logistics), PF Olsen (Forest Roads), Timberlands (Stems Processing Plant) and Hancock (Steep Slope Harvesting) for hosting small groups of conference participants and providing a detailed overview of their respective operations.

Field Trip: A great day out including some spectacular NZ scenery and lunch at the beach, but a definite thanks to Rayonier (Ground-based Logging), Kajavala Forestry (Processing Yard), Port of Tauranga (Export operations) and PF Oslen (Grapple yarding) for hosting the FEC buses full of inquisitive participants.

Sponsors: Waratah, John Deere, Fibria, Bluegum Plantations and Forest Growers Levy Trust (NZ Forest Owners) supported to the conference allowing over 30 NZ students to attend at no cost and 12 international students attend at a reduced rate. Much appreciated!

Conference Organisers: The conference was hosted by Rien Visser (University of Canterbury, NZ); Mark Brown, (University of Sunshine Coast, Australia) and Raffaele Spinelli (IVALSA, CNR, Italy). Special thanks also to Natascia Magagnotti, Francis Okey Obi, Kris Brown, Hunter Harrill and Diego Russo.

Conference Presentations and papers (in pdf format) can be downloaded from here.