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Lecture – Continuous surface assessments of wheel rutting compared to discrete point measurements – do the benefits justify the efforts?
Bruce Talbot, Simon Berg, Rasmus Astrup
Academic – Innovative productivity improvements in forest operations: a comparative study of the Assortment Grapple using a machine simulator
Jussi Manner, Simon Berg, Martin Englund, ...
AuthorsJussi Manner Simon Berg Martin Englund Back Tomas Ersson Anders Mörk
Because of generally small log piles, loading forwarders during thinning is time consuming. The Assortment Grapple, an innovative grapple with an extra pair of claws which facilitates the handling of two assortments during one loading crane cycle, has been designed to decrease forwarders’ loading time consumption. A standardized experiment was performed in a virtual thinning stand using a machine simulator with the objectives to form guidelines for working with the Assortment Grapple and to analyse its development potential. Four experienced operators participated in the study. According to the results, the Assortment Grapple’s accumulating function is beneficial only when there are no remaining trees between piles loaded during the same crane cycle. In such cases, none of participating operators lost time, and 3 of 4 operators saved time notably. The problem with the remaining trees is the extra time required to steer the crane tip around them. Therefore, a harvester should place those log piles that are later to be forwarded together in the same space with no remaining trees between the piles. Furthermore, we recommend that the Assortment Grapple’s usability will be improved by adding an own rocker switch on the forwarder’s controls to command the extra claws.
Academic – Quality variation in comminuted forest fuels delivered during the winter in north Sweden
Simon Berg, Dan Bergström
Academic – Forest Operations in Response to Environmental Challenges - Proceedings of the Nordic-Baltic Conference on Operational Research (NB-NORD)
Bruce Talbot, Simon Berg
Academic – Forwarding during final felling: work element-specific distributions of driving distances at the stand level
Jussi Manner, Simon Berg, Back Tomas Ersson
AuthorsJussi Manner Simon Berg Back Tomas Ersson
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Lecture – Precision planting for reducing infection rates of root rot in spruce
Kjersti Holt Hanssen, Tyrone Nowell, Simon Berg
Division of Forest and Forest Resources
SFI SmartForest: Bringing Industry 4.0 to the Norwegian forest sector
SmartForest will position the Norwegian forest sector at the forefront of digitalization resulting in large efficiency gains in the forest sector, increased production, reduced environmental impacts, and significant climate benefits. SmartForest will result in a series of innovations and be the catalyst for an internationally competitive forest-tech sector in Norway. The fundamental components for achieving this are in place; a unified and committed forest sector, a leading R&D environment, and a series of progressive data and technology companies.