Timbertrail will help Moelven Skog create better planning in forest operations

After a test and evaluation period during spring, Moelven Skog has chosen to start using the planning support tool Timbertrail in its forest operations. Timbertrail is a decision support system that uses AI to identify optimal extraction routes based on digital information about e.g. forest volume, slope and soil moisture. Timbertrail has been integrated with the current planning system, Timbertrack, from Sokigo. The integration in Timbertrack enables an efficient workflow in the planning of forest operations.

In the development of Timbertrail, we have had a strong focus on making the service easy and accessible to integrate with other systems to enable Timbertrail to be used in the best way possible, says Mikael Frisk at Creative Optimization.

During autumn, the system will be rolled out into the business and will be included in the planning of all logging areas.

We have started using Timbertrail in forest operations planning and the result have turned out well both with us and with the contractors. We see this as an effective tool that helps us plan better and more efficiently. – Carl-Axel Östensson, Moelven Skog.

How will Timbertrail be used at Moelven Skog

Timbertrail will be used in different parts of the planning process. At an early stage, it is used as a planning tool to explore alternative extraction routes and landing locations. With Timbertrail, proposals are then created for optimal extraction routes that accompany the logging area information to the harvesting contractor. The proposal means that the harvester easily can open the area at the right place and create the optimal extraction routes from the beginning. It will also contribute to a better dialogue with landowners and contractors to jointly create a higher value. Carl-Axel Östensson believes that the use of Timbertrail also will reduce the risk of soil damage by the extraction route proposals taking soil moisture into account.

Reduced risk of soil damage is the main focus in planning. With better planning and data, we can put the extraction routes at the right place and increase accessibility. We have already seen occasions where Timbertrail has solved problems in the forest operations planning. Another advantage is that Timbertrail gives us an estimated forwarding distance, which is valuable in the dialogue with both landowners and contractors. – Carl-Axel Östensson, Moelven Skog