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.

Field trials: Cable-assisted timber harvesting on steep terrain

In cable-assisted timber harvesting forces on the cable are enormous. But how strong exactly are they?

As part of TECH4EFFECT WP3 , Markus Engel and Andreas Mayerhofer (ÖBf – Austrian Federal Forests ) and Thomas Holzfeind from BOKU carried out investigations on winch assisted harvesting machines in the ÖBf forest district Flachau (Austria). They recorded the inclination of the machine during operation on steep terrain using a tilt sensor installed on the winch assisted Valmet 840TX forwarder. At the same time, the tensile forces in the cable were measured with a load shackle. In addition, all activities of the machine were recorded by an action camera, which will be analysed later together with inclination data and the tensile forces. The results are intended to shed light on the tensile forces that occur in the cable of the machine as a function of the work processes and the machine inclination.

 

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Cable assisted forwarder operating on steep terrain; pictures: Holzfeind Thomas

Newsletter January 2018

Read our second newsletter here:

TECH4EFFECT Newsletter January 2018

  • TECH4EFFECT explained in 2 minutes – animation
  • What is the TECH4EFFECT efficiency portal?
  • Already five countries to send data to the Efficiency Portal
  • From biomass to consumer products: BBI Stakeholder day

 

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New Infographics Section!

Our first infographic has just been uploaded to our new Infographics section in the media corner! Soon you will find there not only infographics about TECH4EFFECT but also about sustainable forest mangement and forests in general!

TECH4EFFECT basic infographic