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NIFPI Mount Gambier Centre Projects

NS020 – Solutions for the optimal use of dense, remotely acquired data by forest growers (Jointly with Launceston Centre Project NT001)

Lead organisation – NSW DPI Forestry/ University of South Australia

Principal researcher – Dr Christine Stone, NSW DPI Forestry / Dr Jim O’Hehir, University of South Australia

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 30/10/2021

Project description – Rapidly advancing remote sensors on UAV, airborne and satellite platforms are providing high fidelity data in terms of spatial, spectral and temporal resolution. A trans-Tasman team of remote sensing specialists, data scientists and forest industry service providers will ensure the delivery of multiple task specifications and procedures for the operational implementation of these technologies by the forestry sector.

 

NS021 – Future Proofing SA Blue Gum Plantations through improved detection of koalas in early planning and forestry operations           

Lead organisation – University of South Australia

Principal researcher – Assoc Prof Delene Weber, University of South Australia

Start date – 12/11/2018

Completion date – 1/7/2022

Project description – The project will undertake a systematic evaluation of traditional methods and emerging technologies for detecting koalas in blue gum plantations. Results of the evaluation will be used to develop and further test the successful technology.

 

NS023 – Wearable sensors for improving occupational health and safety of workers in the forestry industry: a pilot prototype for harvesting and processing operations

Lead organisation – University of South Australia

Principal researcher – Prof. Chris Chow, University of South Australia

Start date – 15/1/2019

Completion date – 15/12/2020

Project description – The project will evaluate workwear embedded with smart sensors for monitoring workplace health and safety hazards. The potential to provide direct early warning advice to individuals will be evaluated.

 

NS024 – Optimising the management of plantation, water and environmental assets           

Lead organisation – University of South Australia

Principal researcher – Dr Baden Myers, University of South Australia

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 1/4/2022

Project description – The project will enable the industry to commercially manage plantation, water and natural wetland assets and be recognised by other licenced water users, the community and water regulator as working within the social licence. The project will develop high spatial resolution (25m) and high temporal frequency (every 8 days) actual evapotranspiration regional estimates for the entire Green Triangle to better close the regional water balance.

 

NS025 – Development of best practice guidance for protective guarding of mobile plant used in Australian forests  

Lead organisation – Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)

Principal researcher – Mark Brown, University of the Sunshine Coast

Start date – 1/7/2019

Completion date – 1/3/2021

Project description – The project will identify appropriate standards for the design of operator protective structures for heavy machinery used in the Australian forest industry and develop a Best Practice Guideline for publication.

NS026 – Development of a timber industry sector framework for setting carbon emissions targets using the Science Based Targets initiative       

Lead organisation – Edge Environment Pty Ltd

Principal researcher – Jonas Bengtsson, Edge Environment

Start date – 1/4/2019

Completion date – 28/2/20

Project description – The project will develop life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions mitigation targets, aligned with International best practice (SBT initiative), for use and adoption by the Australian timber industry to maintain timber’s position as a preferential product.

NS031 – Options for Operating Efficiently and Sustainably with Forest Water License Rules          

Lead organisation – University of South Australia

Principal researchers – Courtney Regan and Jeff Connor, University of South Australia

Start date – 1/7/2019

Completion date – 1/3/2021

Project description – The project will report on economic value of water accounting and licencing options industry can propose. The project will develop a spread-sheet application for forest industry to evaluate economics of responses to new water licencing requirements.

NS032 – Characterising Softwood Sawn Products in Australia    

Lead organisation – University of South Australia

Principal researcher – Assoc Prof. Rameez Rameezdeen, University of South Australia

Start date – 1/8/2019

Completion date – 30/9/2022

Project description – The project will establish the physical and mechanical properties of a nationally pooled Australian structural softwood timber sample to validate its compliance with the design standards specified in AS1720.1-2010: Timber Structures – Design Methods

 

NS033 – Development and implementation of forest health and biosecurity systems and protocols based on quantitative pest risk and economic impact assessment      

Lead organisation – University of South Australia

Principal researcher – Dr Jim O’Hehir, University of South Australia

Start date – 1/7/2019

Completion date – 30/6/2022

Project description – The project will develop a Green Triangle focussed integrated forest health and biosecurity system (including response scenarios) utilising pest spread forecasts and economic impacts to plantation (profitability, control costs and loss of markets).

 

NS034 – Scoping an Automated Forest Fire Detection and Suppression Framework

Lead organisation – University of South Australia

Principal researcher – Dr Jim O’Hehir, University of South Australia

Start date – 1/7/2019

Completion date – 1/3/2021

Project description – The project will deliver a feasibility and cost benefit study aimed at innovative forest fire detection technological solutions and optimisation of forest fire controlling decision making processes.

 

NS038 – Development of state-of-the art genomic resources for pine breeding to enable single-step genomic selection      

Lead organisation – Southern Tree Breeding Association Inc.

Principal researcher – Dr Tony McRae, STBA

Start date – 1/4/2019

Completion date – 30/6/21

Project description – The project aims to double the rate of genetic gain in the pine breeding program in Australia via an across industry rollout of a low-cost, high-throughput SNP genotyping assay and modern, single-step genomic selection methods.

 

NS052 – Development of best practice fatigue management for the Australian Forest Industry     

Lead organisation – University of South Australia

Principal researcher – A/Prof. Jillian Dorrian, University of South Australia

Start date – 30/1/2020

Completion date – 30/07/2021

Project description – The project aims to double the rate of genetic gain in the pine breeding program in Australia via an across industry rollout of a low-cost, high-throughput SNP genotyping assay and modern, single-step genomic selection methods.

 

NIFPI Mount Gambier Centre Project Progress Reports

 NIFPI Mount Gambier Centre summaries of project progress as of 10 June 2020

NIFPI Mount Gambier Centre Interim Project Reports & Fact Sheets

More information coming soon
 

NIFPI Mount Gambier Centre Project Final Reports

NT001 – Solutions for the optimal use of dense, remotely acquired data by forest growers (Jointly with Mount Gambier Centre Project NS020)

Lead organisation – NSW DPI Forestry/ University of South Australia

Principal researcher – Dr Christine Stone, NSW DPI Forestry / Dr Jim O’Hehir, UNISA

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 15/6/2021

Project description – Rapidly advancing remote sensors on UAV, airborne and satellite platforms are providing high fidelity data in terms of spatial, spectral and temporal resolution. A trans-Tasman team of remote sensing specialists, data scientists and forest industry service providers will ensure the project delivery of multiple task specifications and procedures for the operational implementation of these technologies by the forestry sector.

 

NT004 – Optimising machinery configurations for profitable harvesting operations of small-scale plantations 

Lead organisation – University of the Sunshine Coast

Principal researchers – Dr Mauricio Acuna, USC

Other participants – Private Forest Tasmania

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 1/3/2021

Project description – The project will provide guidelines and a web-based decision support tool (DSS) to effectively select harvesting equipment configurations for smaller, more dispersed woodlots. This may improve profitability for landowners, contractors, consultants, forest companies and potential machinery co-operatives.

 

NT010 – Conceptualise and develop a functioning model for collaborative integrated pest management within the Tasmanian forest industry        

Lead organisation – Technical Forest Services Pty Ltd

Principal researcher – Justin Bailey, TFS

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 13/3/2020 – Project completed. Final report will be publicly available soon

Project description – The project will develop an innovative integrate pest management model to provide prompt information to stakeholders on pest and disease status across all land tenure. Enabling timely and co-operative management activities.

NT011- Unlocking Financial Innovation in Forest Products with Natural Capital

Lead organisation – CSIRO

Principal researcher – Dr Libby Pinkard, CSIRO

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 30/9/2021

Project description – The objective of the project is to unlock investment in the non-timber natural capital value of Australian forest resources, by developing methods and tools for forest owners and investors to cost-effectively assess, monitor and manage natural capital risks and opportunities.

NT013 – Sensing technology and digital tools to support decision-making in hardwood timber drying     

Lead organisation – Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Principal researcher – Professor Gregory Nolan, University of Tasmania

Other participants – Britton Timbers; McKay Investments Pty Ltd; Neville Smith Forest Products (NSFP); Porta Timber, Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board.

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 15/12/2021

Project description – The Tasmanian based project aims to develop and validate a timber drying technology suite with an accompanying decision support tool ‘app’, for higher value product recovery across the wider timber industry in Australia and overseas.

 

NT014 – Increasing the durability, and other material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwoods   

Lead organisation – Britton Timbers

Principal researcher – Professor Gregory Nolan, University of Tasmania

Other participants – Koppers; Neville Smith Forest Products; Sustainable Timber Tasmania; Ta Ann   Tasmania;   Tasmanian   Timber Promotion Board; University of Melbourne; with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 15/12/2021

Project description – The project focuses on increasing the desirable material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwood species: Tasmanian oak and plantation hardwoods, for use in several product groups: sawn appearance board, cladding, veneer-based products and glue assembled products: glulam and cross laminated timber (CLT).

 

NT015 – Developing a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-State Design and Manufacturing       

Lead organisation – Neville Smith Forest Products

Principal researcher – Dr Louise Wallis and Dr Mark Sawyer, University of Tasmania

Other participants – Britton Timbers; Forico; McKay Investments; Porta Timber; SFM Environmental Solutions; Sustainable Timber Tasmania; Ta Ann Tasmania; Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board; University of Melbourne

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 1/3/2021

Project description – The project will develop a new generation of hardwood appearance products for manufacture in-state using current and new technologies from the available native, reclaimed, and plantation resources.

 

NT016 – Developing Laminated structural elements from fibre-managed plantation hardwood     

Lead organisation – CLTP Panel Products Pty Ltd

Principal researcher – Dr Hui Jiao, University of Tasmania

Other participants – Britton Timbers; Neville Smith Forest Products

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 1/3/2021

Project description – The project will develop the grading, jointing and gluing expertise and results necessary for the production of structurally reliable glue laminated elements from boards from a fibre-managed plantation hardwood resource.

 

NT018 – A forest resource characterisation of Tasmania – Stage 1 of 2. Feasibility  

Lead organisation – Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board

Principal researcher – Associate Professor Julianne O’Reilly Wapstra, University of Tasmania

Other participants – Britton Timbers; Forico; Neville Smith Forest Products; Porta Timber; Private Forests Tasmania; Reliance Forest Fibre; SFM Environmental Solutions; Sustainable Timber Tasmania; Ta Ann Tasmania

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 15/6/2020 – Project completed. Final report will be publicly available soon

Project description – This project is Stage 1. Feasibility of a two part project on developing more accurate and reliable models that can provide estimates of hardwood log outputs alignment to primary product outcomes, from both private and publically owned native forest and plantation hardwood estates, by region and location. This stage shall collect, collate and compile available existing data and information on the Tasmanian estates.

NT042 – Eagle Eye – Applying the Internet of Things to landscape scale Wedge-tailed eagle management         

Lead organisation – Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Principal researcher – Dean Williams, Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Other participants – DPIPWE Tas; Forico; Forest Practices Authority; Indicium; Midway Tasmania; Newood; Norske; Private Forests Tasmania; TasNetwoks; Timberland pacific; Reliance Forest Fibre; Resource Management Service.

Start date – 30/4/2019

Completion date – 31/5/2021

Project description – The project will utilise wireless Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) remote sensing technologies to improve Wedge-tailed eagle (WTE) management options for forestry and electricity network industries, by detecting and reporting WTE nesting activity.

 

NT043 – Short Log Supply Chain Impacts in Hardwood Plantations

Lead organisation – University of the Sunshine Coast

Principal researchers – Dr Mauricio Acuna, USC and Dr Glen Murphy, USC

Other participants – Forico and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania

Start date – 1/7/2019

Completion date – 1/03/2021

Project Description – The project will answer the question “will the additional value and volume recovery generated from an increased mix of short logs from hardwood plantation forests outweigh any additional supply chain costs?”

 

NT044 – Assessing the economic impact of damage to Eucalyptus nitens logs during mechanised harvesting operations

Lead organisation – University of the Sunshine Coast

Principal researcher – Dr Mauricio Acuna, USC

Other participants – Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Start date – 1/5/2019

Completion date – 31/3/2021

Project Description – The project will deliver improvements to practices and equipment to reduce log damage to Eucalyptus nitens logs during mechanised harvesting, improving profitability for landowners, forest growers, contractors and machine manufacturers.

 

NT045 – Managing timber’s moisture content in the supply chain, construction and in service

Lead organisation – SFM Environmental Solutions

Principal researcher – Professor Gregory Nolan, University of Tasmania

Other participants – Britton Timbers; McKay Investments; Neville Smith Forest Products; Porta Timber; Sustainable Timber Tasmania; University of Queensland; Weathertex; Wesbeam.

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 15/12/2021

Project description – The project aims to understand the moisture content (MC) of wood products and timber in the Australian timber supply chain and develop guidance that allows industry to limit unacceptable MC variation and improve customer confidence.

 

NT046 – Minimising market-limiting discolouration in appearance Tasmanian hardwood    

Lead organisation – Britton Timbers

Principal researcher – Professor Gregory Nolan, University of Tasmania

Other participants – Neville Smith Forest Products; Porta Timber; Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 15/12/2021

Project description – The project will investigate the cause of market-limiting, grey discolouration and ‘tyre track’ of Tasmanian Plantation Oak (E.nitens), a future resource, as well as process-induced discolouration of appearance Tasmanian hardwood boards, particularly ‘sticker mark’ in Tasmanian Blackwood and Oak.

 

NT047 – New methods of reliably demonstrating species durability in commercially relevant timeframes         

Lead organisation – Britton Timbers

Principal researcher – Dr Kyra Wood, University of Tasmania

Other participants – Neville Smith Forest Products, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Porta Timber, McKay Investments Pty Ltd, Private Forests Tasmania, Koppers Performance Chemicals, University of the Sunshine Coast

Start date – 1/11/2018

Completion date – 15/12/2021

Project description – The project will explore ways in which to demonstrate acceptable durability of natural and modified Tasmanian hardwood species in commercially relevant timeframes. The project will test material not covered by current durability standards, and establish longer duration comparative trials of testing processes and material performance.

 

NT048 – Implementation of single-step genomic selection in eucalypts

Lead organisation – Southern Tree Breeding Association 

Principal researcher – Dr Tony McRae, STBA and Dr Richard Kerr, University of Tasmania

Other participants – Tree Breeding Australia Limited is being established as a national body and will absorb the businesses of STBA and its subsidiary and PlantPlan Genetics.

Start date – 1/4/2019

Completion date – 30/6/2021

 

NT049 – Improve returns to forest owners by exploring the feasibility of a pellet-based industry in Tasmania  

Lead organisation – Biofuels Tasmania

Principal researcher – Lachlan Esplin, Shepherds Lead

Other participants – Whetstone Pty Ltd, FutureMetrics, Synectic Accountants and Advisors, Recycling Technologies Group and Shepherds Lead Group

Start date – 1/5/2019

Completion date – 1/10/2019

Project description – The project aims to determine the feasibility of establishing an efficient and profitable wood pelletising industry in Southern Tasmania that converts existing underutilised wood residues and establishes an improved value chain for the Tasmanian forest industry and provide sustainable returns for forest owners.

 

NIFPI Launceston Centre Project Progress Reports

NIFPI Launceston Centre summaries of project progress as of 10 June 2020 

NIFPI Launceston Centre Interim Project Reports & Fact Sheets

NIFPI Launceston Centre Project Final Reports

NIFPI Gippsland Centre Projects

Funded projects currently in contracting - More information soon

NV053 – Improving the Commercialisation of Post and Plate Mass Timber Building Systems via Digital Twin Simulation

Lead organisation – Timber Development Association NSW Ltd

Principal researcher – Andrew Dunn, Timber Development Association NSW

Start date – 1/9/2021

Completion date – 15/7/2022

Project description – Develop a buildable and efficient construction sequencing, in digital form, of two new mass timber building systems, Rothoblass’ Spider and Xlam Australia’s Band Beam, to inform each system’s structural design, construction and commercialisation. Both systems show promise in structural terms but require further development to be efficient and practically achievable in terms of installation onsite.

 

NV054 – Investigation of preservative treated plantation timber fencing and sleeper markets in bushfire prone areas

Lead organisation – Wood Products Victoria Ltd

Principal researcher – Paul England, EFT Consulting

Start date – 31/8/2021

Completion date – 31/8/2023

Project description – Undertake appropriate research and testing to provide the technical justification and specifications to confirm the safe use of preservative treated softwood timber fencing & sleeper products in bushfire prone areas.

 

NV055 – Autonomous detection and deterrent devices for browsing management in forested landscapes

Lead organisation – University of Tasmania

Principal researcher – Assoc Prof Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra, University of Tasmania

Start date – 1/1/2022

Completion date – 1/1/2025

Project description – Develop and test autonomous surveillance, detection and deterrent mechanisms to assess deer use of heterogenous forested landscapes and develop new options to reduce the impacts of these pests.

 

NV057 – Fire, acoustic and structural performance of prefabricated plantation Shining Gum advanced timber composite (ATC) floor systems

Lead organisation – TPC Solutions (Aust) Pty Ltd

Principal researcher – Boris Iskra, TPC Solutions

Start date – 30/8/2021

Completion date – 31/5/2023

Project description – Develop, test and validate the fire, acoustic and structural performance of innovative prefabricated plantation Shining Gum advanced timber composite (ATC) floor systems for use in multi-storey buildings.

 

NV059 – Harnessing the power of airborne high spatial resolution hyperspectral imagery for the softwood plantation industry   

Lead organisation – The University of Melbourne

Supporting organisation – HVP Plantations

Principal researcher – Pablo J. Zarco-Tejada, The University of Melbourne

Start date – 30/8/2021

Completion date – 30/9/2022

Project description – Using state of the art hyperspectral and thermal sensors mounted on a light aircraft, the project will develop an operational method for detecting nutrient deficiencies and stress in radiata pine plantations.

 

NV063 – Strengthening forestry and bioeconomy connections through efficient energy production and use

Lead organisations – Federation University Australia & University of Technology Sydney

Principal researchers – Dr. Rakibuzzaman Shah, Federation University Australia and Assoc Prof. Jahangir Hossain, University of Technology Sydney

Start date – 30/8/2021

Completion date – 15/7/2022

Project description – The project will test feasibility of a highly efficient, dispatchable and scalable energy system for the timber industry using biomass by-products from mills and manufacturing processes and optimal energy management.

 

NV068  – Understanding Soil Resources for Radiata Pine Plantation productivity

Lead organisation – Federation University Australia

Principal researcher – Assoc Prof Peter Dahlhaus, Federation University Australia

Start date – TBC

Completion date – TBC

Project description – A case study that correlates Australian soils and climate datasets with Gippsland soils and growth data to derive datasets for plantation forestry management activities, applicable for most growers in Australia. The project will enable growers to utilise publicly available soils data, saving millions of dollars in field data collection normally required for foundational underpinning of many operational and modelling functions.

 

NV069 – A feasibility study of a commercially available remote-controlled and high-rate tree pruning unit to create fuel modified zones in softwood plantations

Lead organisations – Sylva Systems Pty Ltd

Principal researchers – Mr Braden Jenkin, Sylva Systems Pty Ltd

Start date – TBC

Completion date – TBC

Project description – An industry driven evaluation of remote-controlled high pruning technology in softwood plantations to create fuel modified zones, reducing fire risk while improving suppression; OHS applicability (including engineering modifications) and cost.

 

NV070 – Innovative nursery management solutions to sustainably manage root disease, improve nursery utilization, and enhance resilience and productivity of planted pines

Lead organisations – Western Sydney University  

Principal researchers – Mr Jonathan Plett, Western Sydney University

Start date – TBC

Completion date – TBC

Project description – The project will develop evidence-based management strategies to combat root rot disease establishment in nursery stock and spread to plantations sites optimising the balance of fertiliser, fungicide and beneficial microbe treatments.

 

NV072 – Sustained productivity gains in softwood plantations through enablement of single-step genomic selection

Lead organisations – Treebreeding Australia

Principal researchers – Dr Richard Kerr, Treebreeding Australia, Dr Josquin Tibbits, DPIVIC and Dr Dominic Kain HQ Plantations

Start date – TBC

Completion date – TBC

Project description – The project forms an important part of a series of planned research projects that aim to, at least, double the rate of genetic gain in pine breeding in Australia. This project will focus on the extensive Gippsland network of trials and orchards to further implement cutting-edge single-step genomic selection, provide pedigree and identity assurance for the radiata pine breeding and deployment populations and deliver new high throughput sample processing methods.

 

NV073 –  Evaluation of commercial opportunities for laminated veneer lumber from underutilized small diameter resource in Gippsland

Lead organisations – Radial Timbers Australia

Principal researchers – Dr Benoit Belleville, The University of Melbourne

Start date – TBC

Completion date – TBC

Project description – The project focuses on testing the potential to process smaller logs from plantations, farms, private native forests and native forest thinning in Gippsland using spindleless lathe technology to generate LVL and its potential use in residential and commercial construction.

 

NIFPI Gippsland Project Progress Reports

More information coming soon
 

NIFPI Gippsland Centre Project Final Reports

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NIFPI Gippsland Centre Interim Project Reports & Fact Sheets

More information coming soon