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Forest Technology and Economics

Our depatment carries out applied research on forest and natural-resource based value chains. Our aim is to contribute to increased profitability for forest products and services, within a sustainable framework.

With competencies including technology, ergonomics and economics from forest to industry our strength lies in our ability to provide a comprehensive perspective on forest operations within the new bio-economy.

Department of Forest Technology and Economics offers expertise on innovation and business development,  infrastructure planning and operational management of timber harvesting, forest roads, transport and logistics from the forest to the end user.  We carry out analyses of returns on investments, productivity rates and profitability of all elements in the forest-based value chain, but also work with technical machine and machine component development, sensors and automated data capturing, as well as occupational health and safety issues.

Projects in our section involve a wide spectrum of activities from the strategic planning of timber harvesting at a landscape level to the allocation of specific timber assortments to the wood industry. In most cases projects are carried out in cooperation with our industrial partners, who jointly formulate project aims and contribute in making case studies data and personnel available.  Through participation in joint Nordic and international projects and networks we ensure that the focus and methodologies used in our research are both appropriate and at the leading-edge of the state-of-the-art in forest research. The staff also bears responsibility for teaching and supervision of forest operations, roads and logistics in the forestry program at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.  

A tall tower to catch tall trees. Photo: Lars Sandved Dalen/NIBIO
Contact person:

Even Bergseng
Head of Department
(+47) 976 66 173