Kiwi shines at International Forest Mechanisation event

Hunter Harrill (photo), a researcher at the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, was awarded ‘Best Conference Paper and Presentation’ at the recent International Forest Mechanisation conference held in Brasov, Romania. The conference attracted 200 delegates from 30+ countries, with more than 80 presentations.

“This is a great recognition for the work Hunter has sustained over the last 7 years with us. Hunter is not only passionate, but also very well prepared and engaging during his presentations”, says Associate Prof Rien Visser. The paper itself is co-authored by Rien Visser and last year’s top graduate James Byron and combined two related projects.

This first was recent FGR work on wire rope end connectors and the second was James’ final year dissertation project on non-destructive wire rope testing in winch-assist systems. The wire rope end connector project was funded by Keith Raymond and his team at FRG, and the student project on non-destructive rope testing supported by Rowan Struthers at Hancock Ltd.

“This shows the benefit of great industry engagement, the projects and the information generated are very real and this is highly regarded by our international colleagues” says Visser.

This success also follows on from Francis Obi, a PhD student in Forest Engineering, being awarded second place for his poster on Data Envelope Analyses using the FGR benchmarking system data at this year’s NZ Institute of Forestry conference in Rotorua, as well as current final year student Luke Holmes being award the Otago/Southland scholarship award in part on his successful research work investigating innovative and productive mechanised yarder systems. Both projects were supported by Rayonier (led by Brendan Slui).

More information on the FORMEC conference award can be found here.

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