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Event: 5th International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference (IPOSC) 2018

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 04:34

Organized as a targeted platform to update stakeholders on current and emerging sustainability developments in the palm oil industry, the 5th International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference (IPOSC) 2018 will focus on: palm oil, agriculture and potential impacts on environment and climate change; progress and challenges of Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification; and wildlife conservation and deforestation. The conference will consider palm oil as an agricultural commodity and a sustainable development catalyst. The event is hosted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.

“Transformative” LDN Project Shows Early Signs of Success in Brazil

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 02:35
The Recovery Units of Degraded Areas and Reduction of Climate Vulnerability initiative was established in 2016 with the objective of financing actions to address the main drivers of land degradation in the Caatinga biome. Early results are attributed to the project’s innovative approach, which simultaneously targets environmental, social and economic challenges associated with land degradation.

John Deere’s new midsized harvesters

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:18
John Deere has released two new midsized G-Series wheeled harvester models, the 1170G and 1070G. The availability of the Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) technology on the 1170G further increases operator efficiency, regardless of the application. Source: Timberbiz The midsize G-series Harvesters are powered by the 6068 Final Tier 4 engine, combined with standard Adaptive Driveline Control, the 1070G and 1170G models offer a powerful and productive solution. With Adaptive Driveline Control, the operator selects the desired RPM setting based on the operating conditions, and the system adjusts engine RPMs automatically to correspond with the engine load. The 1070G and 1170G machines are equipped with the TimberMatic H-16 control system. New MECA control modules, simple CAN busses and an optimized electrical system improves machine functions. The Processing Power Control system adjusts the processing power and fuel economy based on the work conditions and tree size. With three power level options, the system can anticipate the engine load and adjust as needed, improving both fuel economy and productivity. The 1170G model is available in two configurations: six-wheeled or eight-wheeled. The 1170G 6W model features a larger bogie, higher ground clearance and 125cc bigger drive pump, improving maneuverability. Two front tyre sizes, 24.5- or 26.5-inches (622.3- and 673.1-millimeters), provide more options for loggers based on their needs and offer a 125cc and 90cc drive pump respectively. The eight-wheeled model is an all-purpose machine that is ideal for thinnings and felling regeneration and designed to excel on soft terrain and steep slopes. The 1170G offers more hydraulic power due to the 125cc pump. The CH6 boom is available in a 32.8-foot (10-meter) or 37.1-foot (11.3-meter) reach, and can be equipped with H412, H413, or H414 harvester head. One of the key features on the 1170G model is IBC, a unique, state-of-the-art boom control system developed by John Deere. Using the system, the IBC sensors can detect the positioning of the harvester head, adjusting the trajectory of the boom in one continuous, efficient motion. Available for the CH6 boom, IBC ensures precise and efficient operation, as the operator no longer has to move the different sections for the boom individually, increasing machine productivity. The IBC system also features electrical end damping for the main boom movement directions. This dampens the cylinder end movements lightly and stops powerful loads in the end positions, ultimately making for smoother operation and improved durability of the boom. The 1070G harvester is suited for fragile terrain and thinning applications. Compact and easy to maneuver, the 1070G can operate in dense growth, and the wide tyres and balanced frame protect the terrain from damage. Equipped with a 180S boom, the machine is available in 8.6-, 10- and 10.8-meter reaches, and is compatible with an H412, H413, or H414 harvester head. ] The midsize G-Series models feature a new rear frame design, with the engine, hydraulic pump, cooler and tank package having been turned 180 degrees, lowering the rear frame and improving visibility.

Timber innovation awards in London

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:17
Safeguard Europe Ltd and a team of students from the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture have been named the winners of the TTJ Timber Innovation Award 2018. Source: Timberbiz The Award is comprised of two categories: Product Development, which celebrates pioneering product design throughout the industry; and Innovative Timber University Research, aimed at acknowledging the boundary-breaking work that university students are carrying out at both undergraduate and postgraduate level throughout the UK. Both category winners were announced at the TTJ Awards ceremony held in London, on 21 September 2018. Safeguard Europe Ltd won the Product Development category for its Roxil Wood Protection Cream, a thoughtful reaction to the European Biocides Directive that restricted use of biocide-containing products for timber protection against rot and decay. Over the last two years, Safeguard Europe Ltd has been honing its biocide-free timber treatment formulation, which included complex chemistry to create an inverted emulsion, and the development of a manufacturing technique new to the company. The resulting product, a silicone cream emulsion, is not only biocide-free; with just one coat, it weatherproofs the timber and protects it from the undesirable effects of moisture—all while retaining the timber’s natural appearance. In-house testing using QUV accelerated weathering suggests the cream can last for over 10 years. Rolando Madrigal Torres, Evgenia Spyridonos, En-Kai Kuo and Eleni McKirahan, four students from the Architectural Association’s innovative Design + Make program, won the University Research category for their work on the Sawmill Shelter. The project was an investigation into the limits of small section timber under tension, which involved an intricate and lightweight anticlastic timber net, and the resulting structure serves as a full-scale prototype for later builds by consecutive students at Hooke Park. The investigation’s general conclusion suggests properties of timber, when the proper techniques are applied, permit the formation of curved building structures of a large range, including anticlastic configurations. Sawmill Shelter can therefore form the basis for further research, highlighting the potential applications of timber in doubly curved structures. Runner-up of the University Research category was Joshua Mudie from the University of Bristol with his research Insight into mechanics of externally indeterminate hardwood–concrete composite beams, detailing how concrete and timber can be made to work together.

Digital toolbox to design and specify wooden buildings

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:17
Stora Enso and TRÄ Group have signed a joint development agreement. The aim is to improve the construction efficiency and increase digitalisation in the industry value chain. Source: Timberbiz The target is to make the design and specification of wooden buildings easier, attaining smarter manufacturing and construction. In the future, designers, builders, owners and residents in wooden buildings will have better tools for lifecycle management, based on facts received through sensors and data analytics. Stora Enso and TRÄ Group will establish a digital platform and toolbox that connects wood construction industry professionals throughout the value chain. The focus is on combining new digital technology innovations with Stora Enso’s wooden building components and experience to create new services. First services are planned to be launched in 2019. Stora Enso and TRÄ Group already have several projects on the go, including digital design tools, virtual reality and augmented reality visualisation of building data as well as different sensor data analytics applications. “We see great potential in making the end-to-end process – from design, via production all the way to the facility management of a building – more transparent and visible. Together with TRÄ Group’s experienced digitalisation professionals, we want to promote wood and its benefits as a renewable construction material,” Jari Suominen, Head of the Wood Products division at Stora Enso said.

Strongbuild podcast with Adam Strong on timber

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:15
Adam Strong is the Managing Director of Strongbuild, a Sydney based company which specialises in using timber as a sustainable and versatile resource in delivering high quality building systems across a diverse range of projects. Source: Timberbiz Strongbuild was established in 2000 with an initial focus on high end housing projects around the Northern beaches of NSW. As demand grew, the business began taking on larger jobs, beginning with the development of a retirement village in Berry. As they realised the challenge of maintaining high quality and efficiency across its various projects, the business began investing in design and BIM modelling to allow for greater client engagement and the ability to eliminate many negative variables. Looking to the future, Mr Strong and the team made a trip to Europe in 2012 to see how the Germans specifically, were using panelisation as a flexible and high quality solution in different sectors. Back in Australia, Strongbuild began developing its production of lightweight panels with mass timber, leading to the establishment in 2012 of their own facility which now produces panels and structural components. Mr Strong explains the move into prefabrication was based on the ability to maintain sustainability and produce a high-quality product. Manufacturing was initially focused on low rise projects however, CLT allowed Strongbuild to take structural systems taller, often using a combination of mass timber and lightweight panels. Strongbuild’s design process has a huge benefit for the builder and the client, as a focus on manufacturing and assembly means the builder is involved from day one of a project, and allows for greater client input and a better cost outcome. Adam Strong talks to Adam Jones in an episode of WoodSolutions Timber Talks (/podcasts/timber-talks).

Bird watchers wanted at Kangaroo Island

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:15
One-third of the Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers properties are native vegetation, and half of that is considered High Conservation Value. As part of its responsible environmental management plan, KIPT is working with Birdlife Australia to conduct surveys in its plantation properties. Source: Timberbiz KIPT needs volunteers to work in pairs or trios to survey transects in each property. The company said that it was particularly keen on having volunteers who can identify the birds they see, although a “cheat sheet” will be provided. Volunteers will be given fuel vouchers to assist with the costs of participating and will receive instructions from Birdlife Australia on how to do the work. An information meeting will be held on Saturday, 6 October at 10am at the Kangaroo Island Yacht Club. The surveys will be conducted on the weekend of November 3 and 4. To find out more or to register your interest contact Ms Black on shauna.black@kipt.com.au or phone 0409 096 846.

Showcase for Queensland soft and hardwood species

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:14
Certified timber held the floor as Timber Queensland and Responsible Wood met with SCS Global Services to kick-start project certification of their new office space at Timber House in the northern Brisbane suburb of Kedron. Source: Timberbiz The project is undergoing an audit and stands to be the second registered under the ‘Responsible Wood Project Certification Scheme’ with the space under heavy construction to allow for a full relocation later this year. According to Timber Queensland’s Mick Stephens, the project showcases Queensland’s finest timbers with all hardwoods and softwoods generously donated by Timber Queensland members and valued industry partners. “As it stands, we have commitments from several Timber Queensland members and other partners to supply hardwood and softwood species which will be used for flooring, cladding, paneling, doors, mouldings and timber beams,” Mr Stephens said. To date Timber Queensland has received donations on-site from Parkside and Hurfords Wholesale with additional timber materials committed from Hyne Timber, Finlaysons, Boral Timber, Kennedy’s Timbers, Carter Holt Harvey, Austral Plywoods and PNG Forest Products. Other partners on the project include flooring installation services from Scribed Flooring and Timberoo Timber Flooring Specialists, as well as timber prefabrication with Kennedy’s Timbers. Underpinning its commitment to certification, the project is seeking up to 90% of all species to be sourced from the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme. Detailing the certification process Responsible Wood’s Simon Dorries identified the importance of developing project procedures to monitor compliance with Chain of Custody standards. “The project certification team has developed a Project Certification Manual that is used as a reference point,” Mr Dorries said. “On project completion we hope to make this very helpful document readily available, free and online to assist with future project certifications.” The Responsible Wood Project Certification Scheme represents the commitment by Timber Queensland and Responsible Wood to procure timber based materials in accordance with AS 4707 Chain of Custody for Forest Products or PEFC ST 2002:2013 Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products. In order to claim using the Responsible Wood logo SCS Global Services Nick Capobianco explained that a minimum requirement of 70% of all timber used on the project must be claimed in accordance with AS 4707 or PEFC ST 2002:2013 and validated by an approved certification body. SCS Global Services is one of 11 certification bodies approved by Responsible Wood to certify Chain of Custody and is the only certification body that has participated in a Responsible Wood Project Certification Scheme. SCS Global Services generously donated their time pro-bono to assist with the project.

Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:13
Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au DOWN 26.5% – global hardwood chip deliveries to Japan plummeted in July 2018, recording their lowest monthly volume in eight years 19 vessels – Australia’s estimated 509,077 bdmt of woodchip exports in August were shipped on 19 vessels, departing from six ports 42.3% – Softwood log exports from Victoria in July totalled 118,333 m3, accounting for 42.3% of the national total exports for the month 132,322 m3 – imports of particleboard for the year-ended July 2018 were 29.8% higher than for the prior year USD72.08/barrel – WTI Crude oil price on 25th September 2018 was up more than USD30/barrel on a year earlier

ForestTECH 2018 becomes a virtual reality

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:12
Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are no longer just for gamers and tech demos. Even now, they’re becoming an important tool for big business. Most sectors see real benefits in utilising virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies. Source: Timberbiz, ForestTECH The forestry industry is one sector that sees huge benefits. At last year’s ForestTECH series, resource managers, remote sensing and GIS specialists and inventory foresters were all strapping on VR headsets. Adoption is being driven by reduced headset pricing, an almost continual new technology rollout, the arrival of major smartphone providers into the sector and the prototyping and subsequent deployment of enterprise solutions into workplaces. Ground breaking work is being led by the Human Interface Technology Lab out of Tasmania, as part of an FWPA project, demonstrating how VR technologies could be employed using remotely acquired 3D point cloud data collected from ground based and aerial LiDAR. The research has been aimed at testing whether foresters can visually characterize and measure individual trees away from the forest. Twelve months on and, like the technology, advances in this space have been rapid. LiDAR data from a variety of in-forest trials have since been tested to see whether the features required in timber cruising can be picked up and quantified using VR. Winyu Chinthammit from the HiT Lab, along with Bruce Hill from Interpine Group, will be presenting and demonstrating as part of the ForestTECH 2018 series. They will also be taking a pre-conference workshop in both Australia and New Zealand running through the workflow of the VR application for tree assessment. Mixed reality is another technology already showing promise. Mixed reality is a form of augmented reality, somewhere between VR and AR. In short, it brings people, places, and objects from the physical and digital worlds together. Harvest planning still relies on working with a topographic map, discussing specific hazards and land characteristics, making decisions about skid site placement, environment impacts, health and safety, harvest crew placement, and more. Although this is a common practice, some features can be lost in translation across the harvest planning chain of communication. Rayonier in New Zealand realised that there was a good case for using mixed reality technology, such as Microsoft’s HoloLens, to enhance their harvest planning and communication. Scion was approached to investigate the HoloLens technology further and provide a proof of concept for its use. The proof of concept using the Tactile developed application called HoloMaps has been delivered. As one of top six Microsoft endorsed app developers for the HoloLens, the HoloMaps application was modified to bring in Rayonier GIS data such as a digital terrain model (DTM) and associated attribute data belonging to compartments and skid sites. As part of the upcoming ForestTECH 2018 series, in addition to recent forestry trials with Hololens, App developers Taqtile Inc from Seattle and Microsoft will for the first time in this region be outlining through presentations and hands on workshops, technology developments and the very real opportunities that exist with this type of technology for local forestry companies. The co-founder of CTRL Reality from Finland, will also be outlining the Virtual Forest that’s recently been developed by Finland’s Metsa Group, Tieto and CTRL Reality. The virtual forest is a true VR experience. It runs on all VR headsets, mobile devices and in web browsers. In this new service, tested already by 2000 forest owners, users can move from one site to another, see what harvesting and forest management activities should be carried out each time, and run estimates on the income and costs of each activity. The virtual forest also shows what the forest would look like after different activities, and it offers 360- degree images of the forest. This year’s ForestTECH 2018 series is designed to get local forestry companies to really think outside the square. It runs in Rotorua, New Zealand on 14-15 November and in Melbourne, Australia on 20-21 November. A series of pre-conference workshops that proved successful at previous events have been set up for delegates the day before each conference runs. Full details can be found on both programs on the event website, www.foresttech.events

New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design award winners

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 01:11
Innovative and outstanding were words to describe the not only the winners of this year’s New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design awards but all the entries received. However, there is only one winner and this year the Resene Supreme Award went to the He Tohu Document Centre in the National Library which was designed by Studio Pacific Architecture. Source: Timberbiz Runner up overall was the Cymon Allfrey Artchitect’s Family Bach in Hanmer Springs which is a group of buildings with shared common spaces, this also took out the CHH Woodproducts Futurebuild Residential Architectural Excellence Award. The award recognised the innovative use of timber, resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a residential building, either stand-alone or multi-unit/multi-storey project. Te Wharehou Waikaremoana by Tennent Brown Architects took out the Commercial Architectural Excellence award sponsored by TimberLab Solutions for the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a commercial, industrial, or public building environment. The Engineering Innovation Award was won by Chris Moller Architecture + Urbanism in collaboration with MOTM, dunning Thornton and eCubed for their Mt Pleasant Community Centre. The award was sponsored by the NZ Timber Design Society. It recognized the innovative use of timber, resulting in a distinctive technical/structural solution in a residential, commercial, industrial or public building. Nelson Pine industries’ Excellence in Engineered Wood Products category was won by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects for the Plant and Food Research’s Seafood Research Centre with Wellington International Airport commended for its curved structural forms. This was for the innovative use of EWPs, resulting in a distinctive impact of the EWP properties and aesthetics on a residential, commercial, industrial or public building environment. The Exterior Innovation & Infrastructure award sponsored by Niagara was won by Kumutoto Site. This award recognized any wood or wood panel product that forms the exterior of a structure be it residential or non-residential which highlights the versatility and flexibility of wood while enhancing the buildings aesthetic. The NZ Specialty Timber category was sponsored by NZ Farm Forestry and taken out by Pukapuka Road House. The XLam NZ Multi-Storey Timber Building Award was a new category for these awards and required projects to be a minimum of three stories high. It was won by the Te Pa Tauira-Otago Polytechnic Student Village designed by Logic Group Ltd, Mason & Wales, Naylor Love, Kirk Roberts, Tricia Consultants. This was a five storey all timber building. SCION’s sponsored Wood & Fibre Creativity Award was for original and innovative uses of wood fibre (solid wood, manufactured products) in unusual or unexpected applications which make great use of the fibre propertie eg tiny house design gems, chemical or process innovations. It was won by the Te Wharehou Te Wharehou Waikaremoana.

NSW to fund forestry projects to open up markets

GFIS - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 00:59
The NSW Government will fund new innovative forestry projects aimed at improving profitability, opening up new local and international markets, and preparing for future opportunities. Source: Timberbiz Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said applications would soon open for the first round of the $34 million Forest Industries Innovation Fund. “As part of the 2018-19 Budget, I announced a $71.8 million forestry package across four years, aimed at supporting the industry and keeping jobs in our regions,” Mr Toole said. “The Innovation Fund will provide loans of up to $3 million for a range of projects such as timber mill infrastructure upgrades, development of new products, or initiatives that open new markets. “We want to see industry take control of their future and develop new programs that support their local businesses. “The $2.4 billion NSW forest and wood product industry is an economic driver for the regions and I am pleased to be delivering this support for jobs.” Applications will be open for six weeks from 1 October, with successful projects able to access concessional loans of 2.5 per cent for up to 20 years. The Forest Industries Innovation Fund supports the objectives of the NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap and will be administered by the Rural Assistance Authority. Eligibility guidelines, application form and other information will be available on the RAA website (www.raa.nsw.gov.au) from 1 October.

Chain of Custody auditor training in Southeast Asia – register now!

GFIS - Wed, 26/09/2018 - 19:49
Auditors from around Southeast Asia are invited to join our Chain of Custody auditor training session, with a special focus on the Due Diligence System for sourcing from smallholders. The training takes place in Hue, Vietnam, 30-31 October 2018, with an optional field day focusing on smallholder...

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The Amazon on the Brink

GFIS - Wed, 26/09/2018 - 17:20
Once a leader in protecting the region’s vast forests, Brazil is now moving in the opposite direction.

Once majestic Atlantic Forest 'empty' after 500 years of over-exploitation

GFIS - Tue, 25/09/2018 - 20:04
New research finds that 500 years of over-exploitation has halved mammal populations in South America's once majestic Atlantic Forest. A new analysis of mammal populations reveals the devastating effects of human disturbance since the area was first colonized in the 1500s. They found that apex predators and large carnivores, such as jaguars and pumas, as well as large-bodied herbivores, such as tapirs, were among the groups whose numbers had suffered the most.

In autumn, the forest comes to life again

GFIS - Tue, 25/09/2018 - 18:53
As autumn arrives in Geneva, Marco Bertolini’s appropriately named ‘Autumn in the forest’ is this month’s photo in the spotlight. A runner up in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest, Marco shares the story behind his photo and explains why for him autumn is the most...

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Popular Television Series Highlights Five SDGs

GFIS - Tue, 25/09/2018 - 17:58
The latest season of Thomas and Friends will represent themes from: Goal 4 (quality education), Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities); Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production); and Goal 15 (life on land). UN experts in each topic worked with the Thomas and Friends team to develop the SDG-inspired content. An accompanying website provides educational videos, parent tips and conversation starters about sustainability at the household level.

Gilbert Mass Timber Planer enters the market

International Forest Industries - Tue, 25/09/2018 - 13:34

Building on the success of its high-speed equipment, Gilbert has added to its product line a planer for mass timber lumber. Built to the same high-quality standards which established its reputation for its planing equipment, the Mass Timber Planer was designed to meet the high expectations of the engineered wood industry for the production of glulam timber, CLT timber and all types of beams.

The equipment has a heavy-duty frame and is designed to plane mass timber up to a thickness of 16 inches and a width of 36 inches. Furthermore, the Gilbert Automatic Positioning System which controls the cutterheads and axes ensures optimal operating precision allowing for the production of high-quality lumber.

“Our clients are breaking new ground in engineered wood products and we are pleased to offer Gilbert expertise to support them in their projects with our high-quality equipment which will, without a doubt, respond to their expectations”, states Heidi Danbrook, sales director at Gilbert.

Gilbert is proud to have its first planer running in a high class glulam operation in Arkansas USA. For more information regarding the Gilbert Mass Timber Planer, sawmills are invited to visit our website at: www.gilbert-tech.com/en/sawmilling/ or to contact the Sales Department at 1-418-275-5041 ext. 2234.

For the past 30 years, Gilbert has been a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of forestry, sawmill, construction and surfacing equipment. The company is located in Roberval and employs almost 100 people who devote themselves to offering the best planer expertise and technology on the market.

Visit our website at:  www.gilbert-tech.com/en/

Contact :
Heidi Danbrook
Sales director-Sawmill Division
418 275-5041 #2231
Heidi.danbrook@gilbert-tech.com

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Precision Husky adds Industrial Cutting Tools

GFIS - Tue, 25/09/2018 - 02:36
Precision Husky Corporation has added Industrial Cutting Tools to its dealer network.  ICT will be promoting the Precision, Husky and Progrind complete line of equipment. Source: Timberbiz Industrial Cutting Tools, a division of The Langdale Company specializes in the design, manufacture and maintenance of cutting tools for primary and secondary markets, including sawmills, chip mills and pellet mills.

FSC Friday

GFIS - Tue, 25/09/2018 - 02:34
On Friday 28 September 2018, FSC-certified businesses, FSC members, schools and organizations all around the world will host a series of events to support, celebrate and raise awareness of responsible forest management and the role that FSC plays in it. Source: Timberbiz People are invited to look for the FSC logo and consider the sourcing of the products they buy in a creative and entertaining way. “Every year the threat to our forests increases, in the form of environmental change and illegal logging,” explains FSC. “For over 20 years, FSC has worked to take care of forests and the people, plants, and animal species that depend on them. “FSC Friday is about sharing that message, so that more people recognize the role we play and can help us turn the tide against global deforestation.” Last year, businesses, schools and environmental groups in more than 30 countries took part.

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