Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is pleased to announce that power giant Drax and Ireland’s ‘Internet of Trees’ technology-solution provider Treemetrics are now confirmed for its flagship National Conference, this May in Edinburgh.
The conference will focus on how the fast-moving developments in science and technology, and the revolution they bring – from global economies through to the workplace, will re-shape the forestry and arboriculture industry. This powerful platform will equip and inform foresters and arboriculturists to face the inevitable changes ahead where innovation will drive long-term success.
Treemetrics Chief Executive Officer Enda Keane and Chris Woods, Head of Digital at Drax Group, further strengthen the programme on day two. Enda joins Session 4, Emerging Tools for Tree Professionals, where he will talk about Treemetrics’ ground breaking work on real time data from harvester, working with the European Space Agency, future innovation and the potential impact on the forester’s role. Chris will then join Session 5, New Horizons, to explore how digital storytelling is changing communications including examples of the ‘cool stuff’ that Drax has done.
Enda and Chris are part of a two-day programme that also includes Jeremie Leonard, from BioCarbon Engineering, who will address the session on Automation in Machine Technology, on day one. As a Chief Pilot, Jeremie will examine how drones can be used to plant trees. He explains why this topic is of great importance for the Institute’s National Conference: “The forestry sector has been lagging behind in innovating and adopting new technologies. However, there are many disruptive high-tech solutions that are breaking into the sector. I am very proud to be representing one solution that uses remote sensing to develop a 3D map in order to drive automated tree-planting. I believe that forestry will be changing rapidly in the next few years, and it is important to know where the next big thing will come from.”
Over 290 forestry and aboriculture professionals will attend the conference at Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 2-3 May. If you are planning to attend, but haven’t yet booked, you are advised to secure your place as soon as possible as there are only 10 places left.

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