Better use of harvester data – a turning point for forest harvesting

Goetz Roth and David Herries of Interpine convened an excellent workshop on data protocols for mechanised harvesters in Rotorua yesterday.   35 attended from forest companies, consultants, contractor entities and machine manufacturers (SATCO, Woodsman, SouthStar and Logmax) and academia.

The StandForD file system allows processors of different brands to communicate in the same language.  This allows for data from machines to be communicated and analysed and for cutplan information and terrain data to be interpreted regardless of machine manufacturer.  This is an outstanding opportunity for the NZ forest industry.

Excellent work in and around this field was discussed by speakers during the day:

Dave Herries gave on overview on the steps needed to bring about successful application of harvester data capture and promoted formation of a group to advance this in NZ.

John Arlinger from Skogforsk (Forest Research in Sweden) spoke about the neutral and cooperative body for data capture and central processing of forwarder and harvester data in Sweden.

Jeremy Gibson of ForestPHD showed us how an Australian forest company left NZ in the dust in its commitment to take the reins of value recovery using harvester data capture to optimise grade outturn and woodflow processes.

Rien Visser from NZ School of Forestry spoke on recent research projects on VR.   PhD student Alejandro Oliverafarias showed how harvester data can be combined with GPS data to provide yield maps for optimal extraction and to inform forest research in silviculture and R&D.

Brent Charlett spoke about field checking harvester and operator performance to ensure least waste and best value recovery.  His service offers improved operator understanding and performance and formalised review of harvester audits and calibration processes.

Andrew Clarke of CHH wood products spoke on how better data from the field can support a log customer to perform better in their processes, through woodflow forecasting, stock control and matching forest stocks to mill requirements.  Looking ahead the addition of sonic testing (Hitman) to processors will be valuable in providing best match of wood density to production.

Hamish Marshall of Margules Groome shared information on in-forest satellite Wifi offering called Bushnet to provide isolated smart forest operations with stable internet access.

Glenn Murphy from Waiariki, a veteran of Forest Value Recovery R&D spoke about Treemetrics’ real time forest intelligence platform – SATMODO and its successful use in Ireland.

Best use of in forest data offers enormous gains to the innovative forest owner, manager or contractor.  StandForD offers the means to accelerate these gains in the forest through capture, processing and intelligent use of harvester data.  Bring it on!!

James Powrie B.For.Sc (Hons)

James Powrie is a Freelance Forester and has worked in all aspects of forestry since starting with the NZ Forest Service in 1984.

He offers Education, Planning Assistance and Coaching for Forest Owners, Directors, Investors and others wanting to Maximise Forest Value Recovery at Harvest.

He is also available for conference sessions and workshops by arrangement.

james@forestvaluerecovery.com    |   +64 272 757757    |    www.forestvaluerecovery.com

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