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Mr Steve Husband

Mr Steve Husband - thumb ­Steve Husband

Masters student

Topic: application of GPS guidance technology and methods to plantation site preparation machinery and­ operations

University of Queensland

Email: steven.husband@uqconnect.edu.au


I live near Gympie in south-eastern Queensland. I work for Forestry Plantations Queensland (FPQ), a government corporation. At present I’m based at Fraser Coast Forest Management Area, comprising 90 000 hectares of exotic pine plantation.

My current research project—part of a Masters in Natural Resource Studies with the University of Queensland (UQ)—is supported by FPQ and I am affiliated with the CRC for Forestry’s Research Program Three ‘Harvesting and operations’. I am also participating in the National Forestry Masters Program.

My research project is supervised by Dr Madan Gupta, Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Engineering at UQ, and Dr Jeff Tullberg of UQ and CTF Solutions Pty Ltd.

The project examines application of GPS guidance technology and methods to plantation site preparation machinery and operations. I will look at environmental, economic and management benefits.

The final report will be based on a literature review along with extensive interviews with forest managers, plant operators, GIS experts, and private industry consultants. I hope it will be the basis of a field trial to test GPS guidance technology, GPS and GIS requirements, and training and management implications.