September 2020, FORMEC, Oregon/USA

PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to Corona virus the planned FORMEC conference that was scheduled to take place in the USA in 2020 will be moved to June 2021. Stay in touch to keep updated on which TECH4EFFECT will be representing the project and what results they are going to showcase there!

22-24 September 2020, Forest Operations for the Future Conference, Copenhagen

PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT

The “Forest Operations for the Future Conference will be held in Copenhagen from September 22-24, 2020. Organised by the Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management of the University of Copenhagen, the Nordic-Baltic forestry sector will address the future research and innovation needs within forest operations.

One of the most important questions to investigate together is: How can the forest operations sector and industry address the long-term needs of the future wood market including traceability of sustainability certified wood, the possibility of demand shocks, cost pressures and an unpredictable and extreme climate affecting forest operations?

Several TECH4EFFECT partners plan to participate and showcase project results at this conference. Stay tuned to find out more in the upcoming weeks!

Event report – T4E presents at biomass heating fair Progetto Fuoco

TECH4EFFFECT Italian consortium partners, the national alliance of forest companies, CONAIBO, and the national research council, CNR IBE, attended the world’s leading biomass heating industry event, Progetto Fuoco, in Verona, Italy in February to present the TECH4EFFECT project and SILVISMART Efficiency Portal by focusing on efficient wood procurement.

TECH4EFFECT promotes and creates methods, tools, business models and digital solutions to encourage increased wood production and environmental efficiency for many uses within the wood value chain, including biomass heating.

National Assembly opens event

President of CONAIBO, Livio Bozzolo, opened the National Assembly of Italian forest enterprises at the Progetto Fuoco event which met for the purposes of information sharing and discussion. Lawyer Alessandro Franco addressed the critical issues of safety within the forestry sector, while the new European Union Timber Regulation was presented by the Technical Director of CIFORT-CONAIBO, Luca Canzan. Major of the Carabineri and Commander of CITES team of Vicenza, Luca Stella, gave other specific Italian normative updates involving the sector.

Key forestry representatives discuss safety and timber regulations

T4E Partner at Progetto Fuoco 2020

The TECH4EFFECT workshop, which was the second part of the meeting, was held after the assembly. CNR IBE participant, Dr Natascia Magagnotti, gave a general presentation on the TECH4EFFECT project highlighting the main results achieved to date, while CONAIBO representative for TECH4EFFECT, Dr Giulio Cosola, presented the SILVISMART Efficiency Portal under the title “Techniques and technologies for an efficient wood procurement”.

SILVISMART efficiency portal is explained by Giulio Cosola

SILVISMART

SILVISMART, a major deliverable of TECH4EFFECT, has developed a forestry data efficiency portal based on the collection of real-time data from forestry operations for business intelligence and decision support.

Collected data is systemised and transformed into valuable information, which is secure, and presented in pictorial graphs aiming to transfer better knowledge and control over a harvesting operation. The data collector has full control on what data is shared, taking care of any GDPR issues. 

Participation interest shown

The workshop was well attended by many forest enterprises using mechanized harvesters which potentially makes it is easier to provide data transferred from the onboard computers in harvester cabs.

Cosola said that Italy typically had a combination of both mechanized harvesters and motor manual means, even for technologically advanced and modern enterprises.

“This is due to its mountainous terrain and naturalistic forest contexts where felling operations are carried out by chainsaws and tractors, which are still an important part of the wood logging process in the country,” he explained.

He emphasized that new enterprises with modern harvester forwarder machines showed a keen interest in joining the project when the TECH4EFFECT Mapping App became active. 

“Data would then be able to be sent to the portal account of the operator in a way that would be possible to sync data by location (object) and operator/machine, as well,” he said.

The event which gathered relevant parties was deemed a success in that it allowed for constructive discussion and exchange which was specifically relevant to the TECH4EFFECT project.

3-5 June 2020, TEUFOR, Kraków/Poland

PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT

From June 3-5* 2020 the TEUFOR conference will take place in Kraków/ Poland. The topic is “Modern Technologies and Engineering in Sustainable Forest Utilization“. Main objectives of the event are:

  • “Presenting and discussing current scientific and practical achievements in the field of forest utilization based on forest technique and engineering development in terms of permanent and sustainable forest management.
  • Exchanging current scientific attainments and practical applications between scientific centres of many countries in Europe and around the world shall contribute to increase quality of forest utilization as well as intensify international cooperation in the scope of conducted research, higher education and international scholar exchange.

The panels will focus on: forest utilization and transportation; ergonomics in forestry; forest technology; and forest engineering.

Stay in touch to keep updated on which TECH4EFFECT results will be presented at TEUFOR!

*Changes due to the current situation with the Corona pandemic might occur. Please check the website of the conference organisers regularly!

19-22 February 2020, Progetto Fuoco fair, Verona, Italy

On February 19-22 2020 Progetto Fuoco, the renowned fair in the sector of plants and equipment for the production of heat and energy from wood combustion, will be held in Verona/Italy. Stay in touch to find out more about TECH4EFFECT being represented at the fair!

 

26-27 October 2019, Forestalia, Piacenza, Italy

Forestalia is THE forestry trade fair in Italy, located in Piacenza from 26-27 of October 2019. This year will feature not only machine demonstrations and exhibitions, but also a TECH4EFFECT seminar organised by CNR-IVALSA and CONAIBO.

Keep checking our updates for more info!

6 – 9 October 2019, FORMEC – COFE, Sopron, Hungary – with TECH4EFFECT session

The 52 edition of the symposium ‘Forestry Mechanization’ or FORMEC will be held together with the 42 edition of the Council on Forest Engineering (COFE). This year TECH4EFFECT has its’ own session at FORMEC! Also this is the first time for a COFE meeting taking place in Europe – in Sopron, Hungary. Join also the field trip to Forchtenstein in Austria to attend AUSTROFOMA, the only Austrian forestry machine and device demonstration where all the machines on display are shown performing real-life tasks.

The TECH4EFFECT session on Monday, 7th October starts at 10:30 in Room1 and includes the following presentations:

  • Productivity and fuel consumption of heavy forwarders under different configurations: benchmarks from fleet-level long-term records (one million loads). Raffaele Spinelli, Angelo Conrado de Arruda Moura (A-0071)
  • Productivity and Environmental Impacts of Cable-assisted Logging – A case study in southern Oregon, USA. Woodam Chung, Brett Morrissette, Preston Green, Ben Leshchinsky, Kevin Bladon, Jeff Hatten, John Sessions (A-0117)
  • A micro-catchment approach to measuring surface run-off after cable logging. Bruce Talbot, Omar Mologni, Nicholas Clarke, Marek Pierzchala, Rasmus Astrup  (A-0152)
  • Assessing Cable Tensile Forces of Winch-Assisted Forwarders on Steep Terrain under Real Working Conditions. Thomas Holzfeind, Christian Kanzian, Karl Stampfer, Franz Holzleitner  (A-0061)
  • Factors Affecting Productivity and Utilisation of Winch-Assist Machines: Six Case Studies in New Zealand and Canada. Cameron Leslie, Colin Koszman, James Hunt, Rien Visser, Hunter Harrill, Dominik Roeser (A-0115)
  • Flat and wet: Cable yarding on sensitive soils in Europe – motivations, challenges and potential. Gernot Erber, Raffaele Spinelli, Giovanna Ottaviani Aalmo, Dirk Jaeger, Marian Schönauer, Stephan Hoffmann, Bruce Talbot, Karl Stampfer (A-0054)

Don’t miss the keynote from our coordinator Rasmus Astrup on Tuesday morngin:

  • A-0193 Digitalization of forest harvesting: the potential for improved environmental and production efficiency; Rasmus Astrup, Room 1, 8:00.

Several posters are also based on TECH4EFFECT:

  • A-0021: Smart sensing technology for predicting forest road’s bearing capacity (Franz Holzleitner et al.)
  • A-0098: Indicator based assessment of trafficability of forest roads (Marian Schönauer et al.)
  • Coppice after 3 different cutting systems: growth capacity and mortality (Carolina Lombardini et al.)

Click on the ‘TECH4EFFECT button in the program, to access the abstracts on the conference website. For more details and registration, also visit the conference website.

29 September – 5 October 2019, IUFRO, Curitiba, Brazil

The 25th world congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizationstakes (IUFRO) takes place in Curitiba, Brazil, and focuses on Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development. Congress themes include:

  • Forests for people
  • Forests and climate change
  • Forests and forest products for a greener future
  • Biodiversity, ecosystem services and biological invasions
  • Forests, soil and water interactions

Registration is open already with early bird registration until 25th May!
Check the congress website for more details and follow us to find out, which TECH4EFFECT partners to meet there!

14-15 September 2019, Fiera & Festival delle Foreste, Longarone, Italy

Meet partner CONAIBO at the Fiera & Festival delle Foreste in Longarone, Italy! Visit their booth, check out the TECH4EFFECT poster and pick up some flyers (in Italian)!

Visit the event website for more information.

26 – 27 June 2019, KWF Thementage, Richberg, Germany

This years KWF Thementage focus on the topic of ‘Forest access today – novel ways in logistics’. Franz Holzleitner from BOKU will give a presentation on ‘Smart sensing technology to monitor road bearing capacity’. Don’t miss this chance to meet TECH4EFFECT partners and pick up our project flyer in the KWF info desk.

Have a look at the event website: http://www.kwf-thementage.de/

Please not that this event is mainly conducted in German.