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CRC for Forestry News 11 - 'Ideas to Impact' seminars

The CRC for Forestry is calling for expressions of interest from forest managers wanting to learn  about tools that can enhance their operations, through the CRC’s 'Ideas to impact' seminar series.

The travelling seminar series began in March this year, with CRC researchers bringing decision-support and modelling tools to users in a locally delivered one-hour session at a company office or regional facility.

Each seminar presentation focuses on a single tool, using real-world scenarios to demonstrate how that tool will add value, considering specific scenarios raised by participants. The nature of the tool presented in any given seminar depends on local demand and interest.

The CRC is also offering further on-site training for participants wanting to maximise buy-in and uptake by managers and staff.

Available topics include those listed below, and requests for other topics will be considered:

  • Machine Evaluation Toolbox: effectively measure and understand machine performance
  • FastTRUCK: optimised truck scheduling
  • BPOS: predict effects of climate, soil and management on productivity and profitability of blue gum plantations
  • MODIS: faster, cheaper forest health surveillance
  • NIR wood quality: cheap, fast and non-destructive prediction of commercially important wood properties
  • Community engagement handbook: building better relationships with the communities in which forest companies operate
  • LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging): fast and cost-effective mapping and modelling
  • Onboard computer guide: identify areas for improvement in forest harvesting operations and monitor performance over time
  • Economic impact for sawmills of processing plantation-grown timber: adapting native forest sawmills to process a plantation resource

Anyone attending the seminars will be given a USB device loaded with the current suite of CRC decision-support tools, as well as relevant CRC publications. Participants will also be able to access any later upgrades of tools and products.

For more information on the seminar series, contact Mark Brown , leader of the CRC’s 'Harvesting and operations' program.