|8:30am - 9:00am
|9:00am - 9:30am
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
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
|10:30am - 11:00am
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
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
|1:00pm - 1:30pm
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
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
|2:30pm - 3:30pm
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.
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