Optilog Forum 2022

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OptiLog is a time-effective and affordable, one-day educational event to expose Canadian contractors to the future of harvesting technologies and processes. The focus will be on the practical application of advanced forestry-specific solutions that are poised to change the game. Faced with environmental, policy and demographic challenges that are here to stay, contractors must innovate and adapt to survive.

We’ve lined up industry-leading researchers and manufacturers who can share critical insight into the future of logging. In just one day of sessions, you will come away knowing what’s coming down the forestry equipment and technology pipeline.

PLUS: Opportunities to network with colleagues and a select group of sponsor technology providers


  • Logging contractor owners and operators
  • Forest agreement/license holders,
  • Researchers, and consultants

NOTE: OptiLog registration is restricted to logging contractor owners and operators, forest agreement/license holders, researchers, and consultants.

If you are a supplier, please contact Josée Crevier for sponsorship opportunities at jcrevier@annexbusinessmedia.com

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Should provincial guidelines not allow for social gatherings at the time of the event,
your registration can be transferred to our next event date or refunded


Would you like to speak at our event? Please submit your presentation proposal to Maria Church: mchurch@annexbusinessmedia.com
8:30am - 9:00am


9:00am - 9:30am

UAV 101: Overview of drone applications in forestry

Speaker: Michael Wilcox, co-founder and president, FYBR Solutions

Drones have rapidly become a common sight in the forester's toolkit. Michael Wilcox, co-founder and president of FYBR Solutions, will take a look back at where drone technology has come from, current applications in forestry from surveying to aerial seeding, and where the technology is headed in the future. 

9:30am - 10:00am

Reinventing forestry: Thinning forests from the air

Speaker: Olle Gelin, chief executive officer, AirForestry

Sweden’s AirForestry has developed a revolutionary harvest drone. The high-capacity, precision flying drone equipped with a light-weight harvesting tool can thin from the air without damaging the ground or surrounding trees, all operated remotely from an ergonomic operator station. AirForestry CEO Olle Gelin will join us virtually from Sweden to discuss the company, technology and application in Sweden and beyond.

10:00am - 10:30am

Networking Break

10:30am - 11:00am

Cutting costs: Planning and application of commercial thinning

Speaker: Mihai Pavel, fibre supply researcher, FPInnovations

Commercial thinnings (CT) are being introduced on a wider scale in B.C. in an effort to increase the value of stands and raise the annual allowable cut of forest management units. FPInnovations developed a CT Operational Manual and a computer model – the Partial Cutting Simulator (PCSim) – to assist with definition of CT prescriptions and for conducting detailed economic analyses of harvest blocks. FPInnovations researcher Mihai Pavel will describe the CT tools and share lessons learned in application of CT operations.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Effective working: using simulators to boost efficiency

Speaker: Jussi Jurvanen, operator trainer and simulator training specialist, Ponsse

There are numerous ways of working with forest machines, but some ways are more efficient and productive than others, and the only way to find out is through trial and error. In the woods, trial and error comes with a high cost. Using real-life examples from Canadian contractors, Ponsse’s Jussi Jurvanen will share how a simulator can improve operational efficiency. This presentation will include an additional half hour for attendees to check out Ponsse’s on-site simulators.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Networking Lunch

1:00pm - 1:30pm

What does winch assisting success look like? A decade of learnings 

Speaker: Dale Ewers, Owner, DC Equipment

Future success of winch assisting requires logging contractors to understand and apply key research, learnings, insights and methodology. New Zealand logger and owner of DC Equipment, Dale Ewers, will share learnings from the past decade of winch assisting, how winch assisting has changed and what we envisage in the future, adapting planning and log extraction for improved efficiencies, and winch assist methods for maximal productivity and safety, as well as offer case studies and research findings from productivity studies.

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Automatic harvest tracking with satellites

Speaker: Paul Fantin, forest program manager, First Resource Management Group / SkyForest

New technology applications are emerging that can radically improve how we track harvest progress. Using near real time optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite data, a company can automatically track progress on multiple harvest areas across a wood-shed. SkyForest’s Paul Fantin will share the latest on this new technology and how it can optimize harvest operations.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:30pm

The power of apps in forestry

Speaker: Nathan Enge, senior technical solutions specialist, Esri Canada

Apps are lightweight computer programs designed to run on the web, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. And GIS apps are a special breed; they’re map-centric and location aware. Apps are often designed to guide users through specific stories or tasks, show just the focused information required for that task, and enable efficient communication amongst all stakeholders. Esri Canada’s Nathan Enge will highlight the latest innovations from Esri that leverage the power of location to improve co-ordination and efficiency in forestry field operations, and highlight what is coming next.


Four Points Sheraton Kelowna Airport

5505 Airport Way,
Kelowna, BC
V1V 3C3

To book accommodations for this event use this online reservation link below. The last day to book at this rate is May 7, 2022

Book your group rate at 175 CAD per night plus tax

Group rate is only applied to Tuesday, June 7, 2022 to Friday, June 10, 2022.

If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to email events@annexbusinessmedia.com


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