Project description

The project EFFORTE aims to create novel knowledge and adoption of new methods and technology that will lead to substantial increase in work productivity of tree harvesting and silvicultural activities as well as increase of productivity of wood production. Development of work procedures and enhancement of forest work productivity is based on the premise that environmental influence of forest work will concurrently be decreased. The project is coordinated by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and involves 23 partners from five countries. EFFORTE has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Big data’ (geospatial as well as data from forestry processes and common information e.g. weather data) provides a huge opportunity to increase the efficiency of forest operations. In addition, it adds new possibilities to connect knowledge of basic conditions, efficient silviculture and harvesting actions with demand and expectations from forest industries and the society. Accurate spatial information makes it possible for forestry to move from classic stand-wise management to precision forestry, i.e., micro stand level, grid cell level or tree-by-tree management. EFFORTE aims at achieving substantial influence on the implementation and improved use of Big data within forestry and through this increase cost-efficiency and boost new business opportunities to small and medium size enterprises (SME) in the bio economy.

Creative Optimization’s contribution

Creative Optimization’s contribution included testing and validation of the Bestway decisoin support together with Skogforsk and Södra Skogsägarna.

Project results

The EFFORTE project resulted in several reports detailing different improvements and advancements in the use of data in forestry. The results from the evaluation of Bestway were summarized in a report made by Skogforsk and in workshop event together with Södra Skogsägarna, which was the company testing the prototype. Insights in user experience and model results were presented at the workshop.

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Efficient forestry by precision planning and management for sustainable environment and cost competitive bio-based industry (EFFORTE).

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