WoodWeek – 21 September 2016

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The Chair of WorkSafe NZ has appointed a new Chief Executive. Nicole Rosie will take up her role in December replacing Gordon MacDonald who is returning to the United Kingdom after leading WorkSafe for nearly three years.

Industry safety champions McFall Fuel and VicForests have come forward to show their safety leadership by becoming Principal Partners to the 3rd FIEA Forest Industry Safety Summit conference series – scheduled for March 2017 in both New Zealand and Australia. For details on this popular conference series, visit www.forestsafety.events.

On the conference subject, FIEA’s next series for the year is coming up in November. ForestTECH 2016 will take an in-depth look at key megatrends impacting on businesses – particularly forestry and wood products companies. Full details on the programme can be found on the event website, www.foresttech.events.

The Australian Pine Log Price Index (compiled by KPMG) uses data provided by Australian softwood growers. It documents changes in pine log prices for common grades of plantation softwood logs. This week we have details for the period January through to June 2016.

Most modern cut-to-length (CTL) forest harvesters have on-board computers now. They capture individual tree data and can also be coupled with global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Researchers are using this data to study a forest harvesting operation in a Eucalyptus plantation in Uruguay.

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New CEO for WorkSafe NZ

New Chief Executive – WorkSafe New Zealand
The Chair of WorkSafe New Zealand, Professor Gregor Coster announced last week that Nicole Rosie will be the agency’s new Chief Executive.

‘Nicole is currently a senior manager at Fonterra and has an impressive background in health and safety management at some of this country’s largest companies. She also has extensive experience in managing substantial transformation projects with large budgets,’ Professor Coster said.

‘At Fonterra, she was Director for Health and Safety before leading the development and delivery of a new farmer shareholder-focused brand and relationship management programme, and most recently she has lead transformation projects designed to deliver over $120 million value over two years.’

Trained as a lawyer, Nicole Rosie also has direct health and safety experience in the transport infrastructure and forestry sectors at KiwiRail and Fletcher Challenge Forests.

‘Nicole’s experience in health and safety and management will bring a new dimension to WorkSafe’s ability to meet its commitments to leading the cultural and operational change required to bring down New Zealand’s unacceptably high levels of workplace deaths and injuries,’ Professor Coster said.

‘Nicole is a highly experienced executive who has led health and safety; led major change programmes; worked in ACC and injury management, forestry, transport infrastructure and energy; and managed relationships with industry in her roles in transport, electricity and at Fonterra.

"This is a unique mix of talents and we are privileged to be able to appoint a Chief Executive of this calibre to lead WorkSafe."

Nicole Rosie will take up her role on 12 December 2016 replacing Gordon MacDonald who is returning to the United Kingdom after leading WorkSafe for nearly three years.

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McFall Fuel and VicForests show safety leadership

McFall Fuel and VicForests show safety leadership as Conference Partners

Industry safety champions in both New Zealand and Australia have come forward to show their safety leadership by becoming Principal Partners to the 3rd FIEA Forest Industry Safety Summit conference series – scheduled for March 2017 in Rotorua and Melbourne. “The leaders of both McFall Fuel in New Zealand and VicForests in Australia see their teams as early adopters of positive safety practices. So they’re keen to show leadership for others in the forest industries by being proactive in safety,” says FIEA event director John Stulen.

McFall Fuel CEO, Sheryl Dawson actively promotes safety in every aspect of their company’s operations. McFall Fuel’s strong family values of zero harm, respect, trust, integrity, teamwork and a strong work ethic are reflected in every facet of the work carried out.

“Reinforcing our values by becoming a principal partner to the Forest Industry Safety Summit makes sense on many levels – both for our people and the forest industries we serve,” says Dawson.

Robert Green, CEO of VicForests in Australia is adamant that learnings from previous FIEA safety summits have been valuable in bringing new levels of safety awareness and tools to help their people and their contractors to be more effective in their work with safety further embedded in everything they do.

“Finding new safety thinking delivered by passionate people like Stephen Falk of Switchback and Wiremu Edmonds has brought a great continuous learning opportunity to our management, staff and right through VicForests operations,” says Green.

“We are always on the lookout for new safety learning tools and opportunities so we’re proud to be principal partners to the 2017 FIEA safety summit coming to Melbourne in March 2017,” he added.

“The March 2017 safety conferences are focused on CEO involvement, modern industry training systems and as always what new technologies are being in the way of seamless safety tools, so we’ve got a lot to offer forest industry people once again,” commented Stulen.

The conference organisers are pleased to announce that forestry tree-faller certification expert Peter Sprout from the Forest Safety Council in BC, Canada has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for this paradigm-shifting forest safety conference series March 2017. The summit will run in Rotorua at the Distinction Hotel on 1-2nd March and Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne on 7-8th March.

For full details of our Forest Industry Safety Summit conference details check out: www.forestsafety.events.

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Underwater logging features at FIEA conference

Hydrowood - Harvesting Underwater Specialty Timbers – an Australasian First, Andrew Morgan, Managing Director, SFM Environmental Solutions

In line with the logistics theme for the Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 conference series which is currently running in Melbourne, Sustainable Forestry Solutions Managing Director Andrew Morgan gave an after-dinner presentation last night on an Australasian first, underwater logging of specialty timbers in Tasmanian waterways.

The magnificent forests of Tasmania's remote west coast appear prehistoric, but hidden among the trees are a series of man-made hydro waterways that are barely 30 years old. Underneath the inky tannin-stained waters hides sunken treasure that one innovative Australian company is bringing to the surface. Having looked overseas at similar underwater harvesting projects, Mr Morgan's company has found a way to harvest underwater trees.

All the harvesting machinery mirrors forest operations on land except that the harvester sits on a barge. Attached to the harvester is a long hydraulic extension arm that can reach depths of 26 metres. As a start point, there is expected to be at least three year’s work and about 80,000 tonnes of timber to be harvested out of Lake Pieman (deep valleys of forests, stretching kilometres were flooded when the Reece Dam was built on the Pieman River in the 1980s).

The company is expecting that Lake Pieman will be just the first of many hydro lakes that it will be harvesting and is already surveying other lakes in Tasmania and has its sights set on lakes in Western Australia and Queensland as well.

Andrew spoke about this exciting new venture, the history of how they got to where they are right now and some of the results from the early harvesting, sawing, manufacturing and finishing of these underwater specialty timbers to Wood Flow Optimisation delegates in Melbourne as part of the two-day programme.

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NZ honours one of its founders of forestry consulting

The awarding of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry’s highest honour the Thomas Kirk award to John Groome is fantastic news and a wonderful recognition of a man who pioneered forestry consulting not only in New Zealand but also Australia said Rob de Fégely a Director of Margules Groome Consulting and President of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

Outsourcing of forestry activities is very common today but it wasn’t when John established J G Groome and Associates in 1962. In fact, most forest agencies and large industrial forestry companies would have felt it was a sign of a weakness if they had to outsource any activity to a forestry consultant he said.

John was a graduate of the Australian Forestry School at Yarralumla and like many New Zealanders at the time develop strong cross Tasman friendships and one in particular was Ray Margules who was one of the pioneers of forestry consulting in Australia.

John not only succeeded in a very competitive industry but he also contributed to the development of a number of well-known forest companies in Australia including the Risby family hardwood sawmilling company in Tasmania and the Wesfi group of companies in Western Australia.

Like all good foresters John is a long term thinker. He predicted the privatisation of state owned plantation assets in the early 1990’s and was at the same time encouraging industry to investigate the benefits of engineered wood products, in particular laminated veneer lumber. While it has taken time the recent developments in multi-storey wooden buildings is proof is John’s foresight.

The Kirk Award is very fitting for a person who has devoted his life to forestry in our region and the Directors of the company that honours his name send their heartiest congratulations, Rob de Fégely said.

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ForestTECH features more new technologies

Transformative technologies are making an impact on many industries. In November FIEA will take an in-depth look at key megatrends impacting on businesses – particularly forestry and wood products companies.

The likely impact on the spatial industry of these fast moving paradigms will be an integral part of the first session in both countries of this year’s ForestTECH 2016 series.

The recent PwC report, Tech breakthroughs megatrend, evaluated more than 150 technologies globally. The result is the ‘Essential Eight’ technologies PwC believes will be the most influential on businesses worldwide in the very near future:

- Artificial intelligence
- Internet of Things
- Augmented reality
- Robots
- Blockchain
- Virtual reality
- Drones
- 3D printing

The specific technologies that will have the biggest impact on each industry will vary, but PwC believes the list of eight comprises technologies with the greatest cross-industry impact over the coming years.

“Most of these technologies are already being used in some capacity to solve customer problems and improve the customer experience,” says Andy Symons, PwC’s Financial Services and Innovation Leader. “Now’s the time for more companies to take a broader view of how these technologies can help them deliver services that previously were not even considered.

“I believe that a culture shift is needed around how we adopt new technology. We must commit to making the time and space for innovation within our organisations. Exploring options and considering low-cost, low commitment projects that we can either adopt or abandon quickly is the recipe for success in this day and age,” says Andy.

To arrive at the Essential Eight, PwC filtered technologies based on business impact and commercial viability over the next five to seven years (as little as three to five years in developed economies). The specific criteria included a technology’s relevance to companies and industries; global reach; technical viability, including the potential to become mainstream; market size and growth potential; and the pace of public and private investment.

What makes technological breakthroughs a megatrend?

Companies continually wait for the “next big thing,” believing that a particular technology trend either won’t amount to much, or that it won’t affect their industries for years to come. But disruption is happening today at a faster rate and higher volume than ever before. Innovations throughout history have tipped the balance in favour of the innovators. In that sense, technological breakthroughs are the original megatrend. The ubiquity of technology, with increased accessibility, reach, depth, and impact are what will expedite adoption of the Essential Eight.

Key questions and actions for the C-suite

PwC believes the Essential Eight technologies will shake up companies’ business models in both beneficial and quite challenging ways. Across industries and regions, the emerging technology megatrend will influence strategy, customer engagement, operations and compliance. As a result, leadership teams should find effective answers to three fundamental questions:

- Do we have a sustainable innovation strategy and process?
- Have we quantified the impact of new technologies? If not, how can we do that—and how soon?
- Do we have an emerging-technologies road map? If so, are we keeping it up to date?

According to PwC’s report, executives can’t treat the Essential Eight technologies as a sort of checklist to delegate to the CIO or CTO. Rather, exploring and quantifying emerging technologies— and planning for them—should be a core part of a company’s corporate strategy.

Before developing an innovation strategy and exploring and quantifying emerging technologies, executives should educate (or re-familiarise) themselves with these technologies and what they can do. Explore PwC’s Tech Breakthroughs Megatrend page and download the report at www.pwc.co.nz/TechMegatrend.

In-depth coverage of these key trends on forestry and wood products companies is part of this year’s ForestTECH 2016 series running in November. Full details on the programme for both venues can be found on the event website, www.foresttech.events.

Source: Scoop

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Evaluating productivity with GNSS-enabled harvester

Most modern cut-to-length (CTL) machines used in forest harvesting have on-board computers that capture individual tree data and can also be coupled with global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Researchers from the University of Canterbury and the University of the Sunshine Coast have used this data to study a forest harvesting operation in a Eucalyptus spp. Plantation based in Uruguay.

The team fitted a mixed effects model to the data to evaluate harvester productivity as a function of stem diameter at breast height (DBH), species, shift (day/night), slope, and operator. A slope surface derived from a digital terrain model was overlaid with GNSS stem records and slope values were assigned to each stem using the Spatial Analyst toolbox in ArcGIS.

Results showed that DBH was the most influential variable in harvester productivity. Operator and species also had significant effects. The model developed constitutes the first published harvester productivity model in South America based on data automatically collected by harvesters.

See more in the latest issue of R&D Works

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Latest Australian Pine Log Price Index

The Australian Pine Log Price Index is compiled by KPMG using data provided by Australian softwood growers. The Index documents changes in pine log prices achieved by large scale commercial plantation owners selling common grades of plantation softwood logs to domestic processors. Details for the period January through to June 2016 have just been released.

KPMG updates the Index biannually, with the two reporting periods being January to June and July to December. Contributions to the Index are made by major growers who are involved in the growing and management of softwood plantations in southern and eastern Australia.

KPMG acts as the independent Index manager and collects confidential data on log volumes and stumpage values for all sales, including long and short-term contracts and spot transactions, at the end of each reporting period. Quantity information on export saw logs and export pulpwood is also provided.

Click here for a copy of the latest report.

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Concern over Tasmania woodchip solution

Forestry Tasmania is signing contracts with two operators to export woodchips from forests in southern Tasmania, but the industry has concerns it will have product left on its hands. The expressions of interest process (EIO) for a solution for woodchip exports in the south opened in June last year. Resources Minister Guy Barnett announced on Wednesday in Parliament that the EIO has been finalised, and two companies had entered contracts with Forestry Tasmania.

Majestic Timbers Australia will take up to 180,000 tonnes annually for export in containers from Hobart's Macquarie Wharf to markets in South-East Asia. Another 150,000 tonnes a year will go to Les Walkden Enterprises, which will see the residues transported to Bell Bay for processing and then export for paper production.

The process was set up to find a solution for 450,000 tonnes of residues following the closure of the Triabunna export facility, but Forest Industries Association Tasmania chief executive Terry Edwards said he was concerned it had fallen short.

"We're pleased something has come out of this fairly long-run process," he said. "But there's still 120,000 tonnes unaccounted for. Mr Edwards said he wanted assurances there was sufficient capacity to deal with all the residue.

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Source: ABC News

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Ocean Freight Index

The Baltic Supramax Index (BSI) closed on Friday at 660 points, an increase of 17 points (or 2.6%) since August.

The BSI (Baltic Supramax Index), published by the Baltic Exchange, is the weighted average on 5 major time-charter routes. It is based on a 52,454 mt bulk carrier carrying commodities such as timber.

Source: Capital Link Shipping

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ForestWorks appoints new General Manager

Diana Lloyd has been appointed General Manager of ForestWorks. Jane Calvert, ForestWorks Acting Chair, made the announcement this week, saying the Board was delighted to welcome Diana to the new role.

“Diana joined ForestWorks two years ago as the Contracts and Projects Manager and in that time she has demonstrated strong leadership skills. Most recently, Diana has been leading the development of the FOLS Skills Verification Program, in response to growing industry need for a platform to manage the skills of employees for improved safety in the workplace. She is also leading the development of a Forestry Better Business Program, currently being trialled in Tasmania,” said Jane.

Diana has a solid background in education and training, and as a practicing Forester in regional Victoria and South Australia. She has been a Director of Forestry SA and Australian Forest Growers. Her experience in the education sector includes roles at Southern Cross University and TAFE South Australia, in Mount Gambier. As well as being a qualified Forester, Diana has a Master’s degree in Professional Communications and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Former ForestWorks CEO Michael Hartman was earlier this year appointed CEO for Skills Impact. Skills Impact is one of five Skills Services Organisations (SSOs) appointed by the Commonwealth, to cover the skills standards needs for a diverse range of grown and renewable resource industries.

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Thanks to FICA Sponsors

We would like to thank all of the organisations who support FICA, which in turn works to promote business growth and improved safety and efficiency amongst forestry contractors for the benefit of New Zealand's Forestry Industry.


Blackburne Group (Accountancy & Management Services)
UDC Finance (Banking & Asset Finance)
Sweeney Townsend Insurance Brokers (Insurance Services)
TLC Insurance (Insurance Services)

Gough CAT
Cableprice NZ Ltd
Mini-Tankers (Z Energy)
Komatsu Forest NZ
Shaw's Wire Ropes
Woodsman Pro
Beker Findlay Allan
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Bridon Cookes

Blackwoods Protector
Timbersaws (Levin Sawmakers)
Total Lubricants
Active Equipment
Manage Company
Aegis Oil

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Buy and Sell

... and finally ... out with the army ...

During training exercises, a lieutenant who was driving down a muddy back road encountered another car stuck in the mud with a red-faced colonel at the wheel.

"Your jeep stuck, sir?" asked the lieutenant as he pulled alongside.

"Nope," replied the colonel, coming over and handing him the keys, "Yours is."


During basic training at Fort Leavenworth, our sergeant asked if anyone had “artistic” abilities.
Having been an architectural draftsman in civilian life, I raised my hand.

Then the sergeant announced that everyone would get a three-day pass … except me.

I would stay behind and neatly print each soldier’s name onto his Army-issued underwear.


Four strangers travelled together in the same compartment of a European train.

Two men and two women faced each other.
One woman was a very wealthy and sophisticated 70 year old lady who was decked out in the finest of furs and jewelry. Next to her Sat a beautiful young woman, nineteen years old--who looked like something right off the cover of a fashion magazine.

Across from the older lady was a very mature looking man in his mid-forties who was a highly decorated Sergeant Major in the Army. Next to the Sergeant Major sat a young private fresh out of boot camp.

As these four strangers traveled, they talked and chatted about trivial things until they entered an unlighted tunnel, and there they sat in complete darkness and total silence, until the sound of a distinct kiss broke the silence; following the kiss a loud slap could be heard throughout the cabin.

In the ensuing period of silence the four strangers sat quietly with their own thoughts.

The older lady was thinking, "Isn't it wonderful that even in this permissive day and age there are still young women who have a little self-respect and dignity?"

The young woman, shaking her head and greatly puzzled, asked herself, "Why in the world would any man in his right mind want to kiss an old fossil like that when I'm sitting here?"

The Sergeant Major, rubbing his sore face, was outraged that any woman could ever think that a man in his position would try to sneak a kiss in the dark.

The private, grinning from ear to ear, was thinking, "What a wonderful world this is when a private can kiss the back of his hand and then smack a Sergeant Major in the face and get away with it!"

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