Elaborating on WP2 results (determining silvicultural aspects) and also building on WP4 analysis (soil and stand damage), WP3 will provide the basic data (e.g. productivity levels, fuel use rates) for benchmarking tasks (WP5) and impact assessment tasks of WP6. It also provides results for dissemination and exploitation opportunities (WP7) post project – while maintaining ecological and social sustainability in line with EU forest strategy.
The primary objectives of WP3 are:
- to enhance the accessibility of wood resources (improved forest road and strip road/cable line network and novel application of state-of-the-art technology).
- to develop improved methods for increasing the efficiency and output of timber harvesting and transportation processes (machine data analysis, real-time controlling of forest operations and IT supported decision making).
- to reduce the fuel consumption of timber harvesting and transport by at least 15 % (implementation of novel supporting devices, use of electrical and energy recuperating technology and operator performance perfection training).