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2012 FEG Symposium: 'Innovation for Survival'

The 2012 FEG (Institution of Agricultural Engineers Forestry Engineering Group) Symposium will take place on 30th August at Newton Rigg College, Penrith.

This year’s keynote speech will focus on the importance of ’Innovation’ not only in the political arena, but will also look at working methods and the tools and machines that are used. This will be followed by a presentation reviewing the industry’s past record in the adoption of innovations and an extrapolation of how it could perform in the future. Subsequent speakers will examine current innovations under investigation.

The Symposium begins with an insight into the emerging technology of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), supported by a presentation on work being carried out in Ireland investigating the potential of UAV’s within the forest industry.

The afternoon will start with a review of the work being done to improve the selection of tree species to make them more productive, disease-resistant and suitable to future climatic conditions.

Following presentations will be given on:

• The Forestry Commission Scotland will talk about the range of technical innovations used recently to overcome the problems of harvesting large trees on steep ground. AB Services of Killin will also present an in-depth look at the specification of the Skyline and its associated equipment package.

• An examination of recently introduced innovations in harvester and forwarder software that makes it possible to analyse both operator and machine performance, which enable increased machine output while also reducing repair costs.

• Transport issues and insight into experimental work as applied to timber transport traction problems both in-forest and on-highway.

• Continuing down the timber supply chain there will be a presentation on recent innovations in timber processing and areas of this technology ripe for further development will be identified.

• The last presentation will focus on the ‘end product’ by identifying the latest developments in the innovative uses of wood-based products.

The final summing up will be by the President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, Andy Newbold of Fusion Events.

This event is crucial for everyone connected with the Forest Industry and CPD points will be awarded on request.

The Cost including lunch and coffee etc. will be £100.00 + VAT = £120.00.
For bookings and further information contact -

bruce.hamilton@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Further details of the speakers and the timetable for the day will be published nearer the time.

Notes for editors:

IAgrE is the professional body for scientists, technologists, engineers, academics, managers and students working in the landbased sector and has an international membership base.

As a licensed body of the Engineering Council (EngC) and a founding Constituent Body of The Society for the Environment (SocEnv), IAgrE registers suitably experienced professionals as Chartered Engineers, Chartered Environmentalists, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

For further details contact Marion King at IAgrE Communications at pressroom@iagre.org or call 01234 750876

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