Council on Forest Engineering 41st Annual Meeting

Williamsburg, Virginia
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Detailed Agenda (PDF)

Sunday, July 15th
3:00 Registration Opens
4:30-6:00 Executive Committee Meeting
6:00-8:30 Icebreaker Social

Monday July 16th 
8:00-10:00 Welcome and Introductions
- Chad Bolding and Scott Barrett, Virginia Tech, COFE Co-chairs
- Colonial Williamsburg History, Rebecca Kelly
- Virginia Tech Forest Res. & Env. Conservation, Dr. Jay Sullivan, Dept. Head
- Virginia's Forests, Mr. Rob Farrell, Virginia State Forester
- Innovations in the Production of a "New" Forest Product, Kim Cesafsky, Enviva Biomass

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 General Session I: Innovations in Machine Design, Efficiency, and Safety
- The Future of Logging and Safety - a Product Engineering Perspective
     Mr. Chris Harwood, John Deere Forestry
- Forestry Equipment Innovations
     Mr. Mike Duncan, Caterpillar Forestry
- In-Field Chipping for Biomass Applications
     Mr. Steve Jones, Peterson Pacific

12:00-1:30 Lunch (provided) and 2019 Meeting Presentation

1:30-3:30 General Session II: Global Forest Engineering Innovations
- Forest Engineering Research and Innovations in New Zealand
     Dr. Kris Brown, University of Canterbury
- Leading Innovations in Canadian Forest Operations
     Dr. Luc Lebel, Laval University and Mr. Jean-Francois Gingras, FPInnovations
- Trends and Perspectives on European Forest Technology
     Dr. Lars Eliasson, Skogforsk, Sweden and Dr. Raffaele Spinelli, CNR, Italy
- Innovations in Brazil and South America
     Mr. Angelo Moura, Fibria Cellulose

3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-5:15 Concurrent Technical Sessions
- #1 Role of Forest Operations
- #2 Supply Chain Efficiency #1

7:15 Colonial Dinner at King's Arms Tavern hosted by Enviva Biomass

Tuesday, July 17th
8:00-6:00 Field Trip to: 1) Coastal Virginia Forest Operations, 2) Enviva Biomass Pellet Mill (Northampton Facility; Garysburg, NC)
12:30-1:30 Lunch (provided) and 2018 Awards (Franklin Business Center; Franklin, VA)

Wednesday, July 18th 
8:00-10:05 Concurrent Technical Sessions

- #3 Operational Feasibility #1
- #4 Supply Chain Efficiency #2
10:05-10:30 Break
10:30-12:10 Concurrent Technical Sessions
- #5 Forest Roads and Site Impacts
- #6 Logging Workforce
12:10-1:20 Lunch (provided) and COFE Business Meeting
1:20-3:00 Concurrent Technical Sessions
- #7 Biomass
- #8 Harvesting Productivity and Costs
3:00-3:20 Break
3:20-4:40 Concurrent Technical Sessions
- #9 Operational Feasibility #2
- #10 Trucking and Transportation


Contact Information

  • Dr. Chad Bolding, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech,, 540-231-6924
    Dr. Scott Barrett, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech,, 540-231-6702

Payment Instructions

  • Registration Fees (after 6/15/18):
    - Regular Registration: $500
    - Student Registration: $400
    - Sunday Icebreaker and Monday Evening Tavern Dinner Only: $150 (limited to 15 registrants)

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