Elaborating on silvicultural aspects (WP2) and also building on soil and stand damage analysis (WP4), WP3 will provide the basic data (e.g. productivity levels, fuel use rates) for benchmarking tasks (WP5 and WP6) and impact assessment (WP7). It also provides results for dissemination and exploitation opportunities (WP8) – while maintaining ecological and social sustainability in line with EU forest strategy.
The primary objectives of work package 3 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).