Nils follows family tradition as chair of Gottstein Trust

A LONG family association with the J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund continues with election of Nils Gunnersen as chair of the educational institution.

Gunnersen, established in 1879, has always been an Australian-owned company, and is still led by the Gunnersen family.

“For me, the appointment comes with a great deal of affection and respect for the trust as my father Thorry was one of the first Gottstein fellows more than 30 years ago, and his brother Peter was a long-standing chairman of the trust,” Nils Gunnersen said.

Mr Gunnersen succeeds retiring chair Brian Farmer, CEO of HQPlantations, who will remain as a trustee.

“Brian has done a tremendous job on the trust and he was happy to report at our last meeting that trust had awarded more than $500,000 in Gottstein fellowships and scholarships over the last 10 years,” Mr Gunnersen said.

“To me, the Gottstein Trust is a very important as a new chair I am really pleased to be involved in service to the trust.”

J.W. (Bill) Gottstein was a forest products research scientist with CSIRO, who was tragically killed in 1971 while photographing a tree-felling operation in New Guinea.

The non-profit Gottstein trust has since assisted in the funding of more than 130 fellows, among them some of the most prominent executives in the industry today.

Nils Gunnersen said the trust envisaged the further development of the forest products industry through constant improvement and the pursuit of excellence in people, processes and products.

“The trust provides financial assistance for successful applicants in many areas across the forest products industry and helps them advance in their professional fields,” he said. .

At the recent meeting, Ric Sinclair, managing director of FWPA, and Glenn Britton, chairman of Britton Timbers, retired as trustees.

“They will be missed,” Mr Gunnersen said, “based on their long tenure as trustees and probably more so because of the particular knowledge, experience and perspective they each bought to Gottstein.”

Trustees re-appointed are John Simon, chairman, FWPA, Suzette Weeding, general manager, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Jason Wilson, general manager, Auswest Timbers, and James Malone, CEO, Wesbeam.

Discussions at the meeting centred on the 2018 Gottstein Wood Science Course in Canberra in February and the announcement soon of 2018 Gottstein fellowships.

— by:  Jim Bowden

 

Trust’s move a cause célèbre among Bill Gottstein admirers

One of the early plywood training courses for industry … CSIRO plywood section staff identified are back row far left Peter Moglia, sixth from left Bill Gottstein, far right Andy Stashevski, front row far left Ken Hirst.

 

“AUSTRALIA’S plywood science pioneers were an amazingly resourceful and inventive group of men; it was an honour and an educational privilege to be part of this fascinating era.”

Kevin Lyngcoln, a former CEO of the Plywood Association of Australasia, was recalling his days at the CSIRO Division of Forest Products in south Melbourne, which he joined in 1961 as “junior technical assistant Grade 1” working alongside two giants of plywood technology Bill Gottstein and Peter Moglia.

The transfer this month of the J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust secretariat to the Institute of Foresters of Australia in Canberra became a cause célèbre among the admirers of this forest products research scientist who was tragically killed in 1971 while photographing a tree-felling operation in New Guinea.

“As an engineering recruit, I worked directly under Peter Moglia, and then Ken Hirst in gluing research and Andy Stashevski, who became my future father-in-law,” Kevin said.

“But all of us, every one of us, worked under Bill Gottstein’s umbrella. And I’m probably the last survivor of those who worked with Bill.”

Speaking with Kevin Lyngcoln, Lis Moglia and Doug Howick – appointed in 1961 to the wood preservation section of the CSIRO DFP and a former secretary of the Gottstein Trust – I gleaned some fascinating insights into the early days of plywood research and development.

After RAAF service in World War 2, Peter Moglia studied mechanical engineering, graduating in 1954.

In 1955, he was employed as an experimental officer with the CSIRO Division of Forest Products and in 1956 joined Bill Gottstein’s newly-formed plywood investigation section.

For the next 15 years these scientists worked together to elucidate those principles that underlie the manufacture of plywood today. They were a resourceful group; where existing equipment could not meet new standards, and new machinery was too expensive, cheap machines were devised to do the job.

Five-speed gearboxes from World War 2 tanks became stepped-speed systems that were a cheap alternative to a true variable-speed drive. One of the best reeling systems in the world was produced by ‘fiddling’ a car’s differential.

Before the restructuring in 1971, the forest products division was regarded as the only laboratory in the world where you could get answers to every question on utilisation, end use, growth, manufacturing, wood chemistry, wood structure, glues, veneers, plywood, particleboard, drying, and preservation.

One of the recollections about Bill Gottstein’s plywood investigation group was the efforts to decide exactly how to set up a lathe.

A veneer lathe was ‘driven’ – an unfortunate expression, but some of the operators literally drove their lathe with car steering wheels on some of the controls.

A recollection by Peter Moglia: “We got the setting of a lathe to a matter of precision, of measurable quantities. We worked out the exact knife-wedge angle, the position of the nose-bar in relation to the knife edge, and a few parameters like the knife angle, and the height of the knife in relation to the log.

“We were accused of wasting the lathe operator’s time, which turned into an opportunity to demonstrate the new techniques.

“I turned their language back on them. I said (among other things), ‘I’ll bet you I can set this lathe up in 20 minutes and peel better veneer than you’ve peeled all day. So it was on, and they all came and stood round – and I did it in 20 minutes.

“I put a new knife in and set it to the nose-bar, doing all the measurements with my instruments. The first veneer wasn’t too good, and they started laughing, but I said, ‘wait a bit’ and after some adjustments they admitted it was the best veneer they’d ever seen.”

He had done it ‘blind’, by measurements, on a lathe he had seen only the day before.

“So we all went to the pub for further discussion,” Peter said at the time.

Kevin Lyncgoln said no report on those years should go without mentioning the contribution by Barry McCombe to “the real science”.

“Barry, who died last year, developed the science behind the veneer peeling. He gave so much to the industry in terms of visiting every factory and teaching people how to do it.” Kevin said.

Doug Howick remembers that in the early years, DFP provided for young people in the industry who were up-and-coming managers or, more often, were sons or nephews of larger timber company owners and managing directors. They worked in the division on projects alongside divisional staff.

“One such person was Denis Cullity from WESFI who spent several months or maybe a year at the south Melbourne site. As a result, Denis always had a high opinion of the work at DFP.

“When the plywood investigations section was formed under Bill Gottstein, the Plywood Association of Australasia agreed to finance several projects.

“As Denis worked his way to the top of WESFI, the company got closer to DFP, so it was not surprising that Denis put so much into the Gottstein Trust for so many years.”

The Gottstein Trust was set up in 1971 on the suggestion by the timber conversion section of CSIRO Division of Forest Products. The sub-committee included P.J. Moglia (convenor), W.M. McKenzie, M.W. Page, and G.S. Campbell.

The first meeting of the trust on June 7 that year elected the first trustees – D.M. Cullity, R.W. Page, D.A. Wilkinson, W.C. Kauman (convenor) with W.T. Knight appointed later.

Three founders were invited to donate $100 each, a legal requirement. They were E.A. Alstergren, T. Cullity, and R.W.R. Muncey, then chief of the CSIRO Division of Forest Products.

Bill Gottstein would quote a favourite scientific writer: “Some of the explanations may not be scientifically correct, but the author believes that it is more important to be nearly right, and understandable, than to be academically accurate, and incomprehensible”.

Gottstein dovetails with IFA operations in Canberra

Changing of the guard … Jim Bowden hands over Gottstein secretarial duties in Canberra to Kenia Vieira Schmitt, IFA administration officer (left) and Sarah Paradice, IFA chief operating officer and executive officer of Australian Forest Growers.

THE Canberra-based Institute of Foresters of Australia has been appointed secretariat for the industry’s valued educational organisation – the J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust.
The secretariat has been set up at the IFA’s offices at Trevor Pearcey House, 28-34 Traeger Court, Bruce. It will be responsible for operating the trust’s funds and activities and the popular forest and wood science courses held alternatively each year.

IFA chairman Rob de Fégely said the trust dovetailed well with the operations of the association, which shared offices with Australian Forest Growers.

“There is a real concern about forest industry education in Australia and the need for continued professional development.

“The bringing together of the two organisations is a positive move.” Mr de Fégely said.

Bill Gottstein was a forest products research scientist with CSIRO when he was tragically killed in 1971 while photographing a tree-felling operation in New Guinea.

The non-profit Gottstein trust has since assisted in the funding of more than 120 fellows, among them some of the most prominent executives in the industry today.

Chairman Brian Farmer said the trust envisaged the further development of the forest products industry through constant improvement and the pursuit of excellence in people, processes and products.

“The trust provides financial assistance for successful applicants in many areas across the forest products industry and helps them advance in their professional fields,” he said. .

New contact details for the trust are (02) 615 3044. Email: scholarships@forestry.org.au

Web: www. The IFA has been going strong since 1935 with more than 1100 professional members engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation. It is strongly committed to the principles of sustainable forest management.

The association is readying plans for its biennial conference in Cairns from August 14-17 – Tropical Forestry: Innovation and Change in the Asia-Pacific – with a host of Australian and international speakers confirmed. Inquiries to the conference manager +61 2 6252 1200.
Email: ifa@consec.com.au

Accolades flow for Gottstein forest science course days

Smiles of approval … participants in the Gottstein forest science course assemble at the University of Melbourne’s Creswick campus.

Smiles of approval … participants in the Gottstein forest science course assemble at the
University of Melbourne’s Creswick campus.

“THE quality of the course would not have been possible without the calibre of speakers across all facets of forest sciences and the forestry industry.”

This was one of many accolades given to the organisers of the third biennial Gottstein forest science course held at the University of Melbourne’s Creswick campus last month.
Continuing, Rohan Jacobsen, GIS analyst at ABARES in Canberra, said the format and the scheduling of the course was well planned and executed.

“Although the days were on the long side I found myself just as absorbed at 5 pm as I was at 9 am,” Rohan said.

“In particular, I found the two panel discussions of great value. The presentations and seminars are effective at providing much of the theory and principles of forestry, but the panel groups enabled participants to get real insights into industry leaders’ thoughts and opinions.’

Rohan Jacobsen … high calibre speakers.

Rohan Jacobsen … high calibre speakers.

Rohan said he hoped the courses would continue and saw value in them being run more frequently.

“I will make a strong recommendation to my work area on the suitability of this course for staff who are new or recently joined within the forest-related sections in ABARES and don’t have forestry qualifications,” he said.

“Again, my only qualm is that the next one is two years away.”

The third biennial Gottstein Forest Science Course was a huge success according to the attendees.

Other comments at the end of the course, held from February 13 to 17, included: “brilliant”, “worthwhile and time well spent”, and “awesome”.

“We are concerned that our week-long course takes participants away from their work for the whole week,” course director Dr Silvia Pongracic, a former CSIRO scientist, said.

“But we can immerse them in the forestry supply chain and when they depart five days later they are inspired.”

Gottstein forest science course participants listen attentively to a presentation by the Australian Forest Products Association.

Gottstein forest science course participants listen attentively to a presentation by the Australian Forest Products Association.

The course takes participants on a journey from understanding the forest and plantation resource, how to manage that resource for timber and other non-timber values

The challenges include measuring the quantity and quality of the resource, what the non-timber forest products of water, biodiversity, carbon add to the management of forests, how fire can be the greatest tool or the fiercest foe, and how important the forestry industry is to regional economies.

“The culmination is an expose of wood as the building material of the 21st century,” Dr Pongracic said.

“It’s a lot to cover in one week, but the ‘forestry degree in a week’ seems to be gaining popularity.

“With a 50% increase in numbers over previous years, Gottstein trustee and course speaker Ric Sinclair was thrilled. “It’s great to see so many young people, and especially young women, attending this course,” he said.

Diverse benefits for wood in J.W.Gottstein selections

Georgios Anagnostou … closer connection between wood engineering and structural and architectural design.

Georgios Anagnostou … closer connection between wood engineering and structural and architectural design.

CLOSER integration of architectural design and engineering wood construction is a driving theme of a study mission to Japan by Sydney architect Georgios Anagnostou, one of three successful applicants for a 2017 Gottstein Trust fellowship.
A senior associate with Jackson Teece, Mr Anagnostou says the increased use and application of timber engineering technologies and products demands that designers and architects understand the potential and limitation of such technologies.
“Japan has a long history of timber architecture and construction rooted in traditional carpentry and joinery,” he said.
“This profound understanding of designing with timber has influenced architects worldwide until this day.”
Gottstein Trust fellowships were also awarded to Bill Leggate, principal forest products research scientist at the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Salisbry research facility, and Michael Schofield, forest certification coordinator at the Boyer, Tas, mill of Norske Skog, a world-leading producer of newsprint and magazine paper.
Georgios Anagnostou’s study will especially focus on frame design (traditional, grid- and reciprocal frames/shells) and joints and the potential for integration in proprietary systems, fabrication and related products.
He is currently involved with the design and construction of a significant timber/CLT project and intends to further promote the use of timber construction for future projects.
Mr Anagnostou is actively involved in the timber design industry (architecture and engineering). The Gottstein project will give him the opportunity to contribute to this sector and help create a closer connection between craft/trade, engineering and structural and architectural design.

Bill Legatte … building confidence for building professionals and end-consumers.

Bill Legatte … building confidence for building professionals and end-consumers.

The Gottstein educational grant will assist Bill Leggate in further research into long-term durability, reliability and service life of engineered wood products in Europe and North America.
The proposed project is directly relevant to Mr Leggate’s current PhD and work activities in the field of wood durability, treatment, modification and engineered wood product manufacture and performance.
He is also the nominated leader of any potential DAF Salisbury involvement in the FWPA proposed National Centre for Excellence for Timber Design and Durability.
Mr Leggate said existing long-term durability performance knowledge of EWPs such as CLT, massive timber panels, parallel strand lumber, oriented strand board, laminated veneer lumber and I-beams was predominantly based on experiences in regions such as Europe and North America.
“The Australian timber industry has relatively less experience in this field,” he said.
“However, the significant increase in the use of EWPs in building systems, especially commercial and multi-residential structures in Australia, elevates the importance of ensuring that these building components perform over the long-term and meet service life expectations.”
Mr Leggate said this research was essential in providing confidence for building professionals and end-consumers to choose and accept timber construction solutions compared to other non-wood options.
“Ultimately, the benefit will be increased market share for Australian manufactured wood products and the associated many environmental advantages of using renewable wood products in the built environment,” he said.
“Poor durability performance of wood products is estimated to cost the Australian economy at least $2 billion a year. This is mainly a result of wooden components and structures failing in service due to termites and decay and includes the costs of repairs, replacement and treatment.
“Worldwide this cost has been quoted to be as high as $22 billion a year from termite damage alone.”

Michael Schofield … restoration forestry projects in Tasmania.

Michael Schofield … restoration forestry projects in Tasmania.

The Gottstein study by Michael Schofield will be centered in Tasmania and will involve a review of restoration forestry projects in the state.
Mr Schofield has a Bachelor of Science (forestry) and has a post-graduate certificate in wildlife management. His work has contributed to forest industry training courses, including fire training, pesticide application and natural and cultural heritage training.
He is responsible for maintaining Australian Forest Standard and Forest Stewardship Council certification at Norske Skog and also forest planning and operations.
Situated in southern Tasmania, the Norske Skog mill produced Australia’s first newsprint in 1941 and remains one of the state’s major employers. Annual production is around 290 000 tonnes of newsprint, improved newsprint, book grades and lightweight coated grades since the completion of the $85 million M2 conversion project in 2014.

Gottstein growing industry expertise

“THE J.W. Gottstein fellowship gave me the opportunity to interact with international experts and discuss my modelling expertise and research interests with forestry colleagues in the US – all positive results for the sector in Australia.”
Testimonials such as this by Mihir Gupta, an economist with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (ABARES), again highlights the benefits of industry investment in the educational trust, which has awarded more than 250 fellowships, industry awards and scholarships since it was founded in 1971.
During Mr Gupta’s study mission to the US, he worked with colleagues from Forest Economic Advisers (FEA) in Boston and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Olympia, Washington State, aimed at improving the scope and quality of forestry forecasting in Australia.
“Both FEA and the DNR are keen to develop a close working relationship with ABARES,” Mr Gupta said.
“DNR has already expressed interest in a transport costs model developed at ABARES.”
DNR staff undertake programs similar to the forest economics section, which will be useful in terms of both data and methodology exchange.
Mr Gupta said DNR might find it useful to include probabilities for price projections that can be examined in ABARES and FWPA joint work programs.
“This could provide a convenient way to incorporate adjustments based on market and industry expectations,” he said.
ABARES has developed in-house models including the Forest and Resource Use Model (FORUM) and econometric models for domestic forestry consumption and trade.
The outputs, which include estimates for production, consumption and trade of wood products, can be used by stakeholders to inform short and long-term investment decisions and planning policies and to improve forestry operations.
Boston-based Forest Economic Advisers undertakes detailed analysis and forecasts for the US forest products industry using sophisticated mathematical and econometric methods.
The Department of Natural Resources manages about 2.3 million ha of state trust lands in Washington State.
US Department of Agriculture forest service has developed a detailed model that provides projections of future timber demands and timber prices under alternative scenarios regarding global economic growth and wood energy consumption.
The model gives insights on how US competition and trade in forest products could be affected by expanded global use of wood for energy in future decades.
The US Resources Planning Act mandates that the US Forest Service provides a periodic national report assessing forest resource supply and demand status every 10 years.
This report includes long-range projections of forest product consumption, production, trade, and timber market trends, and researchers developed a model that provides such projections.
THREE J.W. Gottstein fellowships were awarded this year for overseas study. Recipients are a built environment specialist, an architect and a resources policy expert.
Perry Forsyth is professor, built environment, at the University of Technology Sydney; Gavin Matthew is the manager, processing, at the Australian Forest Products Association, Canberra; and Kim Baber is a Brisbane architect.
Prof. Forsyth is currently visiting Europe, Canada and the US researching timber design, construction and assembly to meet future housing needs.
Mr Barber attended the recent World Conference on Timber Engineering in Vienna and will visit projects and manufacturing facilities in Austria, Switzerland and Tokyo during September.
AFPA’s Gavin Matthew will study genetic modifications research and deployment in plantation forestry in New Zealand and Brazil.
The chairman of the J.W. Gottstein Trust Brian Farmer said industry support of the Gottstein Trust and its fellows and scholarship holders represented “a sound co-investment in the forest and forest products sector”.
He urged industry to consider the wide benefits the trust offered to companies and organisations throughout Australia.
“Businesses in industry have people – from the workshop floor to academia – who can apply for Gottstein fellowships or scholarships in 2017 for the chance to further their experience, education or training within or outside Australia,” he said.
Project topics are listed on the Gottstein website – www.gottsteintrust.org
Applications for each category will be considered by the trustees and promising applicants will be selected for interviews in November this year. Applications close on October 21. Visit www.gottsteintrust.org
Contact Gottstein Secretary at PO Box 330, Hamilton Central, Q 4007, or email gottstgeinsecretary@bigpond.com

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Gottstein Trust Fund gains from QTIA donation

Chris Woodhouse (right) presents a cheque to J.W. Gottstein Trust secretary Jim Bowden. ATIF chairman Nils Koren looks on.

Chris Woodhouse (right) presents a cheque to J.W. Gottstein Trust secretary Jim Bowden.
ATIF chairman Nils Koren looks on.

A MEETING of the Australian Timber Importers Federation in Brisbane this week formally noted the closure of the Queensland Timber Importers Association and the resultant transfer of four new members to ATIF.
The closure of the QTIA with members prepared to work closely with other timber importers at a national level was unanimously endorsed at a QTIA board meeting in March.
Chris Woodhouse, a principal of Woodhouse Timber Co Pty Ltd, said the move away from a purely state-based organisation to one with a strong national perspective was perceived as reflective of today’s needs.
After the ATIF meeting, Mr Woodhouse took the opportunity to present a cheque to support the industry educational activities of the J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund.
The amount, a proportion of QTIA’s liquidated funds, was accepted on behalf of the Gottstein Trust by the trust’s national secretary Jim Bowden.
He said such industry support of the Gottstein Trust and its fellows and scholarship holders represented sound co-investment in the forest and forest products sector.
“Three new fellowships were awarded this year, with recipients to undertake further studies in countries as diverse as Canada, the US, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand,” he said.
He urged industry to consider the wide benefits the trust offered to companies and organisations throughout Australia.
“Businesses in industry have people – from the workshop floor to academia – who can apply for Gottstein fellowships or scholarships in 2017 for the chance to further their experience, education or training within or outside Australia,” he said.
Project topics are listed on the Gottstein website.
Applications for each category will be considered by the trustees and promising applicants will be selected for interviews in October this year.

Senator Ruston special guest at Gottstein dinner

Special Gottstein/FIAC dinner guest speaker Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water, and co-chair Forest Industry Advisory Council, is welcomed by Rob de Fégely, national president, Institute of Foresters of Australia and FIAC co-chair; John Simon, chairman, Forest and Wood Products Australia; and Brian Farmer, chairman, J.W.  Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund.

Special Gottstein/FIAC dinner guest speaker Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water, and co-chair Forest Industry Advisory Council, is welcomed by Rob de Fégely, national president, Institute of Foresters of Australia and FIAC co-chair; John Simon, chairman, Forest and Wood Products Australia; and Brian Farmer, chairman, J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund.

THE Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Anne Ruston was guest speaker a Gottstein Trust/Forest Industry Advisory Council dinner in Melbourne on February 18.
The dinner was attended by more than 60 industry stakeholders and participants in the Gottstein Wood Science Course, which has been running all that week at the CSIRO Clayton precinct.
Speaking at a FIAC meeting prior to the dinner, Senator Ruston said a discussions paper was being developed on a national wood fibre plan. She said engaging the broader sector in planning for the future was a key consideration for the government.
“Indeed that is the thinking behind establishing FIAC – to be able to have informed industry input into our policies and programs,” she said.
“This forum is continuing to advance the industry, and FIAC meeting brought us together to discuss the future of the sector, and the challenges and opportunities before us.”
Senator Ruston said FIAC was a key mechanism in working closely with the industry, citing the council’s strategic directions issues paper calling for ideas and submissions.
“We have received more than 70 submissions, generating plenty of food for thought,” she said.
“We will continue to work with the people our policies affect in planning for a sustainable forest future.”
Senator Ruston co-chairs FIAC with Rob de Fégely, national president of the Institute of Foresters with support from nine other members and four observers with expertise from across the forestry sector.
She added: “Australia’s forest and wood product sector is a great contributor to our nation, both in terms of the jobs and wealth created, but also for its principles of sustainability.
“The greatest environmental and economic benefit for Australia comes from managing our forests sustainably, and this is an industry underpinned by sustainable practices.
“The government is equally committed to sustainable management of these resources, and are putting in a range of measures to that end.”
Senator Ruston said the federal government was working toward establishing rolling 20-year RFAs to provide security and stability, and would continue to work to combat illegal logging globally, and in Australia.
“Groups like FIAC and courses like the Gottstein Wood Science Course help to spread these principles and skills throughout the industry,” she said.

Enjoying the Gottstein/FIAC dinner in Melbourne .. James Malone, CEO, Wesbeam and Gottstein trustee; Natalie Kimber, media and communications coordinator, VAFI; Michelle Freeman, VicForests; Jason Wilson, general manager, Auswest Timbers and Gottstein trustee; and Ric Sinclair, managing director, FWPA and Gottstein trustee.

Enjoying the Gottstein/FIAC dinner in Melbourne .. James Malone, CEO, Wesbeam and Gottstein trustee; Natalie Kimber, media and communications coordinator, VAFI; Michelle Freeman, VicForests; Jason Wilson, general manager, Auswest Timbers and Gottstein trustee; and Ric Sinclair, managing director, FWPA and Gottstein trustee.

Friends in industry .. Tony Price, managing director, managing director, Midway Limited,  Linda Sewell, chief executive, OneFortyOne Plantations, and Nils Koren, managing director, Gunnerrsen, and chairman of the Australian Timber Importers Federation.

Friends in industry .. Tony Price, managing director, managing director, Midway Limited, Linda Sewell, chief executive, OneFortyOne Plantations, and Nils Koren, managing director, Gunnerrsen, and chairman of the Australian Timber Importers Federation.

Overseas study for new Gottstein fellows

Perry Forsythe

Perry Forsythe

Gavin Matthews

Gavin Matthews

Kim Baber

Kim Baber

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BUILT environment specialist, an architect and a resources policy expert have been awarded Gottstein fellowships for 2016 in a selection process by board members of the educational industry trust fund.
The three applications were successful after interviews by Gottstein trustees in Melbourne on February 19:
• Perry Forsyth, professor, built environment, University of Technology Sydney.
• Gavin Matthew, manger, processing, Australian Forest Products Association, Canberra.
• Kim Baber, architect, Baber Studio, Brisbane.
Prof. Forsyth, who has a strong mix of research, teaching, academic, managerial and practical experience obtained in the construction industry over a 35-year period, will use his fellowship to study timber design, construction, manufacture and assembly in Canada, the US, Germany and Austria, looking at future housing needs.
Gavin Matthew’s focus at AFP includes policy development, contract administration and coordination, industry statistics and economic analysis, certification and standards review. His attention is also on federal government and industry policies on the forest, wood and paper products supply chain.
With a degree of Bachelor of Science (Forestry), Mr Matthew’s Gottstein fellowship study will examine genetic modification research and deployment in plantation forestry in New Zealand and Brazil.
‘Innovative timber structures using multi-axis machining of embers’ is the study theme on visits to Japan and Switzerland by Kim Baber, who with his wife Monique runs an architecture and design practice at their Baber Studio in Brisbane’s West End.
Mr Baber has performed lead roles for a range of large-scale commercial and institutional buildings as well as significant urban design and master planning projects. In 2012, he completed his Masters by Design (Architecture Department, UQ), and now regularly lectures at the School of Architecture, University of Queensland.
The Joseph William Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund was established in 1971 as a national education trust to promote the development of Australia’s forest products industry through the pursuit of excellence in people, processes and products.
The fun recognises Bill Gottstein, a forest products research scientist with CSIRO who was tragically killed in 1971 while photographing a tree-felling operation in New Guinea
The Gottstein Trust provides financial support to people wanting to further their education, develop new skills and continue contributing to the industry through their professional development.
Over the years, more than 100 fellowships have been awarded to members of the industry, many of whom now have senior responsibility for many forestry or forest products organisations.
Four new Gottstein trustees were introduced at the Melbourne meeting – John Simon, chairman of Forest and Wood Products Australia, Suzette Weeding, general manager, forest management, Forestry Tasmania, Jason Wilson, general manager, Auswest Timbers, and James Malone, CEO, Wesbeam.
They join Brian Farmer, CEO, HQPlantations Pty Ltd (chairman), Ric Sinclair, managing director, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Nils Gunnersen, executive director, Gunnersen, and Glenn Britton, managing director, Britton Timbers.
The Gottstein interviews coincided with a special Gottstein-Forest Industry Advisory Council dinner in Brisbane and the Gottstein Wood Science Course, one of the most successful since its inception in 1978.
The course, coordinated by former CSIRO scientist Dr Silvia Pongracic, continues to attract delegates from different sectors with different levels of understanding and background of the industry.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Gottstein fellowships. Contact the secretary, J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund, PO Box 330, Hamilton Central, Q 4007

Cream of industry experts for wood science course

REGISTRATIONS remain open for the Gottstein Wood Science course in February, lauded for many years as the most important industry educational event of its kind.
A host of top-flight speakers have been confirmed for the event in Melbourne to be held at the CSIRO Clayton precinct from February 15 to 19 and supported by CSIRO and the University of Melbourne.
The Gottstein Memorial Trust organises the annual week-long courses in wood science for those people new to the forest products industry, including executives.
“The courses, provide a deeper understanding of wood and the properties that affect its processing and end uses,” course coordinator Dr Silvia Pongracic said.
“The presenters provide a comprehensive coverage of the scientific aspects of wood utilisation, from the biological structure of a tree to the latest trends in processes and uses.”
Since 1978, 21 wood science courses have attracted more than 700 senior executives and potential managers.
The course covers both hardwood and softwood anatomy, processing and the benefits of the timber industry overall.
The Gottstein Trust has been assisting people in the forest and wood products sector with development opportunities for more than 40 years.
Information about the wood science course program and registrations should be directed to Dr Silvia Pongracic on 0418 764 954 or email silvia.pongracic@csiro.au
The following speakers have been confirmed for the course.
Phillip Blackwell – forestry consultant and part-time lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Phillip holds a Masters of Forestry and in his spare time renovates houses.
Kevin Ezard – marketing consultant and conference director of Frame Australia, the major national event for engineered timber and building prefabrication.
Prof. Ian Ferguson – professor emeritus, University of Melbourne, a distinguished forest scientist.
Prof. Gil Garnier – director of BioPria and of the Australian Pulp and Paper Institute, who has experience in the pulp and paper industries in Canada, the US and Australia and is passionate about the future of wood fibre.
Dave Gover – CEO, Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia. A New Zealand forestry engineer, he has experience in softwood and hardwood engineered wood products in Australian and New Zealand.
Vince Hurley – CEO, Australian Sustainable Hardwoods, the largest hardwood sawmill in Australia and vice-present Victorian Association of Forest Industries.
Dr Jugo Ilic – Associate Professor with the University of Melbourne who runs the Know Your Wood consultancy. He has more than 35 years’ experience at CSIRO, focusing on the anatomy and functionality of wood.
Boris Iskra – standards manager, FWPA, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the forest and wood products sector. He is a structural engineer with a recent focus on building fire safety and risk.
Colin Stucley – director of Enecon Pty Ltd. He specialises in the efficient conversion of waste wood to energy.
Dr Barrie May – managing director of TreeMod, an environmental consultancy. He has a background in forestry and worked with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences focusing on carbon accounting and life cycle assessment.
Cameron MacDonald – chief operating officer, HVP Plantations, is a forester with an MBA and has more than 25 years’ experience in both the plantation and native forest sector, covering both operational and finance roles. He is a director of the Australian Forest Products Association.
Andrew Morton – a director at IndurFor Australasia with more than 20 years’ experience in international strategic consulting in the forest and wood products sector. He is involved with due diligence with forestry and plantations valuations, mergers and acquisitions.
Jack Norton – a chemist with over 40 years’ experience in providing advice, education and research services in wood protection. He is a member of the International Research Group on Wood Protection and is secretary of the Timber Preservers Association of Australia.
Sean O’Malley – has trained as an ecologist in the UK and currently works in carbon and ecological footprinting, energy efficiency and many other environmentally slanted projects. He also worked in areas such as innovation, product development and labelling and production.
Associate Professor Barbara Ozarska – principal research fellow with the University of Melbourne. She has 30 years’ experience in the forest and wood products industry in Australia focusing on secondary products.
Mat Thomsen – an optimisation engineer at Hyne TrueFrame. He has over 15 years’ experience in the softwood sawmilling sector throughout North America and Australasia.