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Technology Transfer in Steep Terrain Timber Harvesting

Project Leader
Kühmaier Martin, BOKU Project Leader
Beyond Europe - Cooperative R&D Projects - Experimental Development
Type of Research
Technological Development
Project partners
Koller Forsttechnik GmbH, Kufsteiner Wald 26, 6334 Schwoich, Austria.
Contact person: Manfred Hofer;
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, 8140 Christchurch, New Zealand.
Contact person: Rien Visser;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of the Sunshine Coast, Locked Bag 4, 4558 Maroochydore DC, Queensland, Australia.
Contact person: Mark Brown;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Stampfer Karl, Sub Projectleader
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Engineering
Funded by
Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
Steep country harvesting has been identified as the main bottleneck to achieve greater profitability in the forestry sector of New Zealand and Australia. The forest industry has had serious problems in efficiency, work safety and environmental impacts. The vision of the forestry sector is to develop innovative harvesting technologies to realise substantial productivity gains, improve work safety in steep terrain harvesting and to minimize environmental impacts.
An improvement should be realized by developing an advanced steep terrain timber harvesting system based on innovative Austrian technology. The company Koller has the experience and knowledge to produce and to assemble a system which fits perfectly to the requirements of the target countries. The focus will be on capacity improvements, automation and the implementation of on-board monitoring systems.
By implementing the new system, the efficiency of harvesting operations should increase at least by 30%, achieved through product innovations and better organisation of work. Furthermore, working safety should be increased by reducing the number of accidents by 20%. Fuel consumption should be decreased by 20%, amongst others by use of hybrid technology.
The developed system will be applied, tested and validated in the target countries in order to demonstrate the system to relevant stakeholders, to train operators and to quantify the improvements of the new technology in terms of productivity, costs, fuel consumption, ergonomics, work safety etc. On-the-job training is a key element in order to improve one's acceptance, capability, capacity, and performance in using novel technologies. This should also help to establish the new technology on a long term perspective. The results of the project will be disseminated in various channels. An exploitation strategy promotes the advanced harvesting system in the forestry market sector
Forest engineering; Forestry;

** Kuhmaier, M; Harrill, H; Ghaffariyan, MR; Hofer, M; Stampfer, K; Brown, M; Visser, R Using Conjoint Analyses to Improve Cable Yarder Design Characteristics: An Austrian Yarder Case Study to Advance Cost-Effective Extraction.

FORESTS. 2019; 10(2), 165 WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

Wassermann, C; Kühmaier, M; Stampfer, K (2019): Marktübersicht - Europäische Mastseilgeräte.

Österreichische Forstzeitung, Jänner 2019, 1-8; ISSN 1012-4667

Argnani, A; Stampfer, K; Grigolato, S; Kühmaier, M (2019): Life cycle inventory of forest operations.
[4th Student Conference, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences 2019 , Vienna, Austria, 19.06.2019]

In: Rewald, B. (Ed.), 4. Student Conference, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, 2019 – Book of Abstracts.; ISBN: 978-3-900932-68-8

Stampfer, K; Kühmaier, M; Harrill, H; Ghaffariyan, M.R; Hofer, M; Brown, M; Visser, R; (2019): Using conjoint analyses to improve cable yarder design characteristics: An Austrian yarder case study to advance cost-effective extraction.
[52 nd International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization FORMEC and 42nd Edition of the Council on Forest Engineering COFE 2019, Forchtenstein, Austria, 06.10.2019 - 10.10.2019]

In: Czupy, I; University of Sopron Press, Sopron, Hungary 2019, Exceeding the Vision: Forest Mechanisation of the Future. Proceedings of the 52 nd International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization. Sopron, Hungary 2019. e-book 651 p.; ISBN: 978-963-334-343-2 FullText

Vorraber, M; Stampfer, K; Kühmaier, M (2019): Influence of an energy-recovering carriage on productivity. [Poster]
[4th Student Conference, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences 2019 , Vienna, Austria, 19.06.2019]

In: Rewald, B. (Ed.), 4. Student Conference, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, 2019 – Book of Abstracts; ISBN: 978-3-900932-68-8

Hofer, M; Kühmaier, M; Visser, R; Ghaffariyan, M (2018): Interim report on technology transfer in steep terrain timber harvesting.

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Stampfer, K; Wassermann, C; Kuehmaier, M; (2018): State of the Art of European Tower Yarder Manufacturers and Models.

51st International Symposium on Forestry Mechanisation (FORMEC) , SEP 24-28, 2018, Madrid, SPANIEN

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