Event report – Forestalia 2019

October 26th and 27th the “Forestalia” fair was held at the Piacenza Expo (Italy). On the 26th CONAIBO and CNR, the Italian Research Council, jointly organized a workshop for the Italian forestry sector titled “Forest mechanization in the new Millennium: progress and precision tools for the Italian forest enterprises“.

Introductions, presentations and a live demonstration 

The workshop agenda included an introduction by representatives of the regional and national sector association, including the National President of the main national forest owners’ association, Mr. Caliari (for Federforeste), the National President of the largest farmer’s association, Mr. Coldiretti, and the local representative of another important farmer’s association, Dr. Comellini (for Confagricoltura).

This session was followed by the presentations on the situation of Italian forest enterprises highlighting some best practice examples by Marco Baldini, the President of Piacenza Loggers’ Association and a CONAIBO member, Alberto Cadei, the CONAIBO Technical Director, and Raffaele Spinelli (CNR IBE).

Last part of the meeting was specifically devoted to TECH4EFFECT, with a presentation by Raffaele Spinelli offering a general view of the TECH4EFFECT project and its main results so far, and by Giulio Cosola (CONAIBO) giving a live demonstration of the SILVISMART Efficiency Portal named “SILVISMART Portal – concept, how it works and utility for forest enterprises”. These presentations were followed by an interactive workshop showing the SILVISMART Portal with a Q & A session. The meeting was very well received and attended by more than 100 interested parties from the area.

 

Some impression of Forestalia 2019 ((c) G. Cosola (CONAIBO) & CNR).

 

Conclusions of the Q & A with regional foresters

After the debate with foresters at the Forestalia 2019, the following six important conclusions can be made:

  • Push for a more thorough management of Italian forests as currently only about 30 % of the national wood increment is used.
  • Take advantage of the big economic and commercial potential (i. e. new employees, etc.) behind all of this uncut wood.
  • Recover the Italian forest production chain and make it more competitive in a increasing globalized system.
  • Improve forest and property legislation – since in Italy wide forest properties are abandoned creating a world of small forest properties, whose owner often live abroad, sometime don’t know how to actually own a forest overseas and/or simply don’t care about their property.
  • Improve the safety trainings for foresters.
  • Improve big data management to improve the efficiency of forest enterprises – SILVISMART can actually fill this gap if regional specifics are accounted for.

Some more impressions of Forestalia 2019 ((c) G. Cosola (CONAIBO) & CNR).

Event report – TECH4EFFECT at FORMEC 2019

This year marks the 52th edition of the symposium ‘Forestry Mechanization’ or FORMEC as it is more commonly know which was held together with the 42th edition of the Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) in Sopron, Hungary from October 6th to 9th.

 

Impressions of FORMEC2019 ((c) J. L. Rodriges/RTDS)

Impression from the FORMEC 2019 plenum ((c) J. L. Rodrigues/RTDS)

 

This year TECH4EFFECT had its’ own session which was held on Monday October 7th. It included following presentations:

  • “Productivity and fuel consumption of heavy forwarders under different configurations: benchmarks from fleet-level long-term records (one million loads)” by Raffaele Spinelli and Angelo Conrado de Arruda Moura.
  • “Productivity and Environmental Impacts of Cable-assisted Logging – A case study in southern Oregon, USA” by  Woodam Chung, Brett Morrissette, Preston Gren, Ben Leshchinsky, Kevin Bladon, Jeff Hatten and John Sessions.
  • “A micro-catchment approach to measuring surface run-off after cable logging” by Bruce Talbot, Omar Mologni, Nicholas Clarke, Marek Pierzchala and Rasmus Astrup.
  • “Assessing Cable Tensile Forces of Winch-Assisted Forwarders on Steep Terrain under Real Working Conditions” by Thomas Holzfeind, Christian Kanzian, Karl Stampfer and Franz Holzleitner.
  • “Factors Affecting Productivity and Utilisation of Winch-Assist Machines: Six Case Studies in New Zealand and Canada” by Cameron Leslie, Colin Koszman, James Hunt, Rien Visser, Hunter Harrill and Dominik Roeser.
  • “Flat and wet: Cable yarding on sensitive soils in Europe – motivations, challenges and potential” by Gernot Erber, Raffaele Spinelli, Giovanna Ottaviani Aalmo, Dirk Jaeger, Marian Schönauer, Stephan Hoffmann, Bruce Talbot and Karl Stampfer.
FORMEC2019 presentation by Erber et al. ((c) J. L. Rodrigues (RTDS).

FORMEC 2019 presentation by G. Erber et al. ((c) J. L. Rodrigues (RTDS).

 

On Tuesday October 8th our coordinator Rasmus Astrup/NIBIO held a keynote on the “Digitalization of Forest Harvesting: The potential for improved environmental and production efficiency”.

Rasmus Astrup/NIBIO held a keynote at FORMEC 2019

Rasmus Astrup/NIBIO held a keynote at FORMEC 2019 ((c) C. Kanzian.

 

Several posters on TECH4EFFECT were also presented on:

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

See the posters in this e-poster presentation!

 

It could not have been any better for TECH4EFFECT this year as 3 prizes were awarded to the consortium! What a great achievement – congratulations to

  • Markus Konrad (second person from the left) received an operator award by COFE,
  • Thomas Holzfeind received a student communication award and
  • Marian Schönauer received a poster award.
TECH4EFFECT won 3 prizes at FORMEC 2019

TECH4EFFECT won 3 prizes for presentations and at FORMEC 2019 ((c) C. Kanzian) – from left to right: Rasmus Astrup, Markus Konrad, Thomas Holzfeind and Marian Schönauer.

 

To get more information you can read up here on the full program of FORMEC 2019 and on the conference website you can access the conference proceeding abstracts.

Newsletter October 2019

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TECH4EFFECT NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2019

  • FORMEC 2019 in Sopron/Hungary
  • Publication: Winch-assisted forwarders on steep terrain under real working conditions
  • Publication: Effects of intensified silviculture on timber production and its economic profitability under changing climatic conditions
  • Publication: Sustainability impacts of increased forest biomass feedstock supply
  • Deliverable: Identifying and extending key silvicultural systems
  • Successful field trials by Luke, NIBIO and Ponsse in Finland

 

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Publication: Winch-Assisted Forwarders on Steep Terrain under Real Working Conditions

Winch-assisted forwarders are more and more in use to extract wood on challenging terrain.  In this BOKU study, the tensile force and the machine tilt of two winch-assisted forwarders were observed under real working conditions to assess safety risks.

Read about the results in this CROJFE publication, which is now available open access:

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TECH4EFFECT session at FORMEC!

At this years’ FORMEC in Sopron, Hungary, there is a whole session focusing on TECH4EFFECT research! Check our events page for more details and visit the ‘International Symposium on Forest Mechanisation’ from 6-9 October.

Registration is still open!

Towards more sensitive forest operations– TECH4EFFECT conducted field trials with forwarders and flotation tracks

The TECH4EFFECT (Knowledge and Technologies for Effective Wood Procurement) project successfully conducted field trials near Rautavaara, Finland, on the impacts of different tracks and machines on the soil. The field tests were conducted during the last week of June 2019 by the project partners Luke, NIBIO and Ponsse in cooperation with contractors and their operators as well as Metsähallitus.

Eight researchers, four operators and representatives of Ponsse were working on the site in soft soil peatland. The researchers conducted measurements on the soil and on the machines.

The aim of the field test was to study the effects of different machine and track combinations on wheel rut development and fuel consumption on soft soil.  5 different track types were tested. The impact was measured as the depth of any ruts developed over multiple passes, both while driving straight and through a curve of 20 m radius.  The trial was also used to evaluate different methods of measuring soil displacement, including a horizontal laser and measuring stick, a personal laser scanner (PLS) fitted on a backpack,  and the use of a digital surface model from derived from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flown at low altitude.  Results of both the track and machine combinations, and the measurement methods will be analysed and disseminated in autumn.

Publication: Effects of intensified silviculture on timber production and its economic profitability under changing climatic conditions

The aim of this study by Routa et al. from LUKE was to examine how intensified silviculture affects timber production and its economic profitability based on forest ecosystem model simulations. The study was conducted on Norway spruce and Scots pine stands located on medium-fertile upland forest sites under middle boreal conditions in Finland, under current climate and minor climate change.

Read about the results in their publication, which is now available open access:

Read the abstract or download the full text!

Publication: Sustainability impacts of increased forest biomass feedstock supply

Sustainably managed forests provide renewable raw material that can be used for primary/secondary conversion products and as biomass for energy generation.

Tuomasjukka et al from EFI evaluated the economic, environmental and social sustainability impacts of making the potentially available timber available with current and technologically improved value chains.

Their publication ‘Sustainability impacts of increased forest biomass feedstock supply – a comparative assessment of technological solutions’ in the International Journal of Forest Engineering is now available open access:

Read the abstract or download the full text!

T4E Bucking App ready for download

Two years of development and a lot of testing by Latschbacher and the Institute of Forest Engineering of BOKU led to this mobile device based application for value-optimized motor-manual bucking. Get our T4E Bucking App now for free from GooglePlay Store!

More information in our Results section!
http://www.tech4effect.eu/results/bucking-app/

Field test: Controlling of cable yarding operations

BOKU and Konrad are working on enabling advanced operation progress monitoring and performance evaluation through pooling sensor information on cable yarders.
The first field test has taken place during a downhill yarding operation with a Konrad Mounty 4000 yarder to test the system under real-life conditions, contributing to work package 3 – harvesting.

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