TECH4EFFECT at FORMEC 2018

The 51 International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization from 25-27 September 2018 in Madrid has an impressive list of talks from TECH4EFFECT partners, on a wide range of topics. Most of our project is covered in those talks: advances in forestry mechanization, our efficiency portal, fuel efficiency in harvesting, an app for motor-manual bucking and much more. Have a look at the list of TECH4EFFECT-related presentations on our events page!

Newsletter August 2018

Just out! Read our third newsletter:

TECH4EFFECT NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2018

  • Two new partners in TECH4EFFECT
  • Field tests: Cable-assisted timber harvesting on steep terrain
  • Consortium meeting and field trip to Warsaw
  • Field tests: forest road bearing capacity
  • Latest publication on fuel savings

 

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Field tests: forest road bearing capacity

What´s going on under your truck wheel? BOKU is preparing for field tests in the North of Austria. Special soil sensors have been burried to investigate the impact of harsh weather conditions on forest road bearing capacity. High resolution soil parameters and weather data are captured and transmitted to BOKU for analysis, contributing to work package 3 – harvesting.

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Two new partners in TECH4EFFECT!

Confirming the high relevance of research and innovation in TECH4EFFECT, two additional organisations have recently joined the TECH4EFFECT consortium. The Department of Forest Work Science and Engineering from the University of Goettingen (Germany) is continuing the work previously done at Freiburg University on timber harvesting and site impact. The South African Stellenbosch University is a key connection point to the South African forestry sector, especially to provide machine derived data to the efficiency portal and associated research.

 

 

Publication: Modifying the settings of CTL timber harvesting machines to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Following extensive field trials, LUKE just published results on experiments with Ponsse harvesters:

  • Adjustment of machine settings had an effect on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • Large energy saving potential in the Nordic and Baltic regions alone:
  • Potential savings may amount to almost 50 million litres of diesel per year.
  • Stem size also had a strong effect on fuel consumption and productivity.

Read the abstract or download the full pdf!

Whatch the video produced during the field trials: http://www.tech4effect.eu/fuel-economy-tests-harvesters/

 

Figure 1: The machines studied in the experiment, upper-left the Ponsse Beaver, upper-right the Ponsse ScorpionKing, below the Ponsse Ergo.

2 Positions in precision forestry at NIBIO

Two positions are currently available at NIBIO in precision forestry, one post doc position and one researcher position:

For details on the post-doc position check out: Post-doc job add

For the researcher position: Researcher job add

Publication out: operational UAV based approach for stand-level assessment of soil disturbance after forest harvesting

The first TECH4EFFECT publication in 2018 coming from Bruce Talbot et al. from NIBIO is now avialable for free download, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research:

Operational UAV based approach for stand-level assessment of soil disturbance after forest harvesting

Read the abstract or download the whole publication: http://www.tech4effect.eu/media-corner/publications/

Consoritum meeting in Warsaw

The Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) is hosting our third consoritum meeting from 14-16. March 2018. We are looking forward to progress on sustainability and efficiency in forestry using data and technolgy! Videos of our field trip coming soon!

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Data from Canada for the Efficiency Portal

FPInnovation’s Jean Plamondon has recently installed and is testing the first data transfer green box (FeltBoks) on a Tigercat  855HC running a Logmax 7000 XT head in Quebec.  The data,  which is collected via an android app running on the operator’s device,  feeds into the TECH4EFFECT Efficiency Portal and will allow the contractor to not only store or analyse his own data,  but compare it with others operating in similar conditions.  FPInnovations bring considerable technical know-how and years of experience with their own FPSuite products (http://fpsuite.ca/) to TECH4EFFECT.