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International expertise for Woodflow 2018

As part of the upcoming two-yearly tech update for forestry, wood harvesting and transport companies around Australasia, the very latest international and local developments around vehicle fleet operations, planning and safety as they apply to the wood transport businesses, new log measurement systems and resource and transport scheduling are being unveiled. Outside of tech specialists drawn from across New Zealand …

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Log measurement technologies forefront of June series

A key focus for this year’s WoodFlow 2018 event running in June is log measurement, scaling and tracking. It’s being a major issue for the forestry industry for a number of years. Technologies being trialed over the years though for a number of reasons haven’t quite lived up to the hype. Wood represents on average about a third of delivered …

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3D laser log load measurement first for Australasia

A key focus for this year’s WoodFlow 2018 event running in June is log measurement, scaling and tracking. Tasmania’s largest private forestry management company, Forico, has for a couple of years now been evaluating log measurement systems best suited to their operations. As well as managing 100,000 ha of timber plantations the company also operates two woodchip mills in NE …

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Transport planning workshop added to Woodflow 2018

As outlined in an earlier issue, Woodflow 2018 conference delegates this year now also have the opportunity of registering for two workshops the afternoon before the main conference runs, both in Melbourne (Tuesday 19 June) and in Rotorua (Monday 25 June). The workshops will run the afternoon before each of the two events. Both are free to the Woodflow 2018 …

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Cloud-based Operations Management workshop planned

Woodflow 2018 conference delegates this year now also have the opportunity of registering for two workshops the afternoon before the main conference runs, both in Melbourne (Tuesday 19 June) and in Rotorua (Monday 25 June). The workshops will run the afternoon before each of the two events. Both are free to the Woodflow 2018 conference delegates. The first workshop, Cloud-based …

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How bitcoin technology could change your life

One of the many buzzwords in technology is “blockchain” – the technology underpinning the bitcoin craze. While bitcoin is the flash of the moment, there’s growing excitement about how this concept can move beyond digital currency and affect people’s lives. Simply put, blockchain is like a ledger book that can be group-edited by people in the cloud. There’s no central …

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Electric trucks emerging but still have a long haul

Electric trucks are having a moment in the spotlight, but they won’t replace diesel-powered trucks in big numbers until they overcome costs and other limitations. Tesla Inc. unveil a semitractor-trailer last week, its first foray into trucking after more than a decade of making cars and SUVs. German automaker Daimler AG showed off its own electric semi last month and …

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How container shipping could reinvent itself

When McKinsey investigated containerization in 1967, they found that industry players would have to rethink everything. Is it time to rethink everything again? In 1967, the British Transport Docks Board (BTDB) commissioned McKinsey to assess a recent development from America: container boxes. The full report on which this article is based has been published by permission of the BTDB’s successor …

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Tesla’s new electric semi-truck could impact oil demand

Tesla Inc.’s unveiling on 17 November of a new electric truck showed Elon Musk can match Steve Jobs’s ability to wow the tech crowd with a glimpse of the future. If he can equal the manufacturing prowess of Apple Inc.’s current Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, he might just clobber the oil industry too. That’s a big if, given Tesla’s …

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Woodflow 2018 runs mid-year

The Woodflow series is Australasia’s premier technology event for forestry, wood products, transport and logistics companies. It’s run every two years by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) in both New Zealand and Australia. The objective, with 30% – 40% of delivered log costs being contributed by transport, is to profile an independent platform to the very latest technologies for …