The Forest Products Innovation and Technology Summit will focus on what technologies in the primary wood products sector can benefit your operation in regards to optimization, grading, management and distribution. Innovation and technology for both hardwood and softwood production will be discussed. The summit will provide you with the chance to hear about these technologies from experts and to interact and question them about how they might fit your operation. The summit will consist of presentations by the industry’s leaders in technology, discussion panels and networking opportunities.


Dates: May 19, 2022

Time: 8:15am – 4:00pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport, 441 International Drive, Sandston, VA  23150

Course Schedule:


8:15 am-8:30 am: Welcome and introductions

8:30 am-9:15 am: Automated softwood lumber grading technology and application

9:15 am-10:00 am: Log scanning technology and automated hardwood lumber technology

10:00 am-10:30 am: Break

10:30 am-11:15 am: Latest technology in sawmill optimization and automation

11:15 am-12:00 pm: Using information technology to support Logistics and Transportation

12:00 pm-1:15 pm: Lunch and Networking

1:15 pm-2:00 pm: Round Table discussion

2:00 pm-2:45 pm: Information technologies in the mass timber industry

2:45 pm-3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm to 3:45 pm: Industry 4.0 and forest products

3:45 pm-4:00 pm: Final discussion and questions

4:00 pm: Adjourn

Registration Information

You will be given the option during checkout to register as an Individual or as a Family/Group.  If you select group registration, please follow these instructions to complete your checkout: Group Instructions.


Registration Deadline: May 10, 2022
Cost: $50.00
Payment Methods: Credit Card or Check*
Refund Policy: Refunds are available through May 12, 2022.  All refunds will incur a $5 processing fee. 

*This registration system is only set up to accept online credit card payments. If you are paying by check, please include 'Course # CNRE-SBIO-05' in the memo line of your check, and make the check payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech. There is a $50.00 returned check fee.  Please mail your check to:

Angela Riegel
Sustainable Biomaterials (0503)
Brooks Forest Products Center
1650 Research Center Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0503

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Brian Bond at bbond@vt.edu


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