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Gain the Competitive Edge: Scanning Technolgies

Ellen Nelson
Lucidyne Technologies

Advancements in Scanning Technology

Defect detection and optimization are the key ingredients for automated scanning and optimization. Explore the latest advances in technology to keep your mill on the leading edge.


Lucidyne’s Chief Financial Officer, Ellen Nelson, joined Lucidyne in 1987. She has a degree in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Oregon State University. In addition to her responsibilities as CFO, Ellen takes an active role in the company’s marketing functions, including making presentations where her inner thespian can emerge.

Mr. Mario Godbout

Using Applied Tracheid Data for Improved Accuracy

Modular scanning systems that incorporate knot detection in lumber have changed the way grading gets done. We’ll explore how new technologies that utilize tracheid data combined with 3D scanning can improve yield and throughput.


Mr. Mario Godbout received his Bachelor’s degree in Automated Manufacturing Engineering in 1992 and his Master’s degree in Engineering Systems Technology with a specialty in Artificial Intelligence in 1994, from École de technologie supérieure (ETS) in Montréal. He has been with Autolog for 20 years and has held several positions including that of Director of the Optimization group and the head of R & D. He now holds the position of Chief Technology and Quality Officer.

Mr. Norvin Laudon

Automated Hardwood Lumber Grading 

Microtec, in conjunction with Purdue Univeristy, have recently developed an automated hardwood lumber grading system to meet the NHLA lumber grading rules. Until now, automated hardwood grading has not been possible with traditional scanning and optimization technologies, due to both limitations in defect detection, as well as the complexity of the hardwood grading rules. Microtec’s latest multi-channel quality scanner, the transverse Goldeneye 900 with X-ray, contains advanced scanning technologies which now make this a reality.


Norvin began his career in 1995 in Vancouver, B.C. developing machine vision systems for high speed manufacturing. For the last 13 years he has been involved in the sawmill industry, bringing his experience in machine vision and image processing to log and lumber scanning. While living in Europe for a number of years, Norvin worked with some of the world’s leading CT wood scanning researchers in developing the world’s first high speed CT log scanner designed for sawmills. Once again based in Vancouver, he is now working on bring Microtec’s log scanning expertise to North America. As Vice-chairman of the CSA Technical Committee on Scaling of Primary Forest Products, he is deeply involved in the approval and use of log scanners for certified payment of logs.