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  Precision Forestry   Symposium 2017




​ ​ ​Precision Forestry – Producing More from Less.

Towards optimising value in the bio-economy from data driven decisions

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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28 February to 2 March, 2017

Precision Forestry (PF) 2017 is the fourth of a series of international symposia aligned to the theme of Precision Forestry and presented by Stellenbosch University in cooperation with the International Union of Forest Research Organisation (IUFRO). This meeting reviewed continuing developments in the rapidly advancing field of Precision Forestry. New technology for data collection, automation, robotics and ICT, make it possible to manage forest operations and to control the supply chain, from growing through to and including processing, with ever-increasing levels of precision. PF 2017 aimed to connect the research within the relevant disciplines on an international level.

Symposium objectives

To bring decision‐makers, practitioners, academics, managers and researchers; who are interested in PF together in one forum to share and review information, developments, concepts and ideas within the broad listed topics. This interaction facilitates networking to development joint projects and activities that addresses priority issues.

Symposium Format

The symposium was held over three days at the Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch ( This included two days of presentations and a one-day field trip. The programme consisted of key note addresses and a number of invited speakers who addressed new PF technologies and scientific developments.



1.Precision measurements and modelling of quality and yield

2.Utilising precision data for efficient forest management and operations

3.Optimised logistics – from seed to product

4.Value and costs throughout the value chain

5. Operations Research - optimisation, heuristics and simulation

6.Delivering new values to the bio-economy​

Precision Forestry 2017

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PF 2017 Programme

PF 2017 Proceedings