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Optimization of cable yarding operations through laser-based forest monitoring

Project Leader
Stampfer Karl, Project Leader
Waldfonds - DAFNE 90 - Maßnahme 8
Type of Research
Applied Research

Further information:

Simon Pierre, Project Staff
Euler-Rolle Mathea, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Engineering
Institute of Forest Growth
Funded by
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Stubenring 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
In this project, a new digital tool for planning and realizing of timber harvesting in steep terrain with cable yarders is being developed. Personal laser scanners (PLS) are used to create accurate 3D models for terrain and standing timber (digital twin of the forest). By means of newly developed software routines, the individual trees coordinates, diameters, heights and taper curves are automatically calculated. Simulations in the digital twin of the forest are used to optimize the subsequent routing of the cable corridor layout and to forecast the accruing harvest volumes and timber assortments. Restrictions in the form of habitats and biotopes are taken into account. Scenario analyses evaluate the cost efficiency, energy efficiency, and potential environmental impacts of timber harvesting through a comprehensive sustainability analysis. One focus of the project is on transfer of the new methods and tools to forest practice. For this purpose, the methods/tools are developed and practically applied under real conditions within an extensive case study.
Forest engineering; Forestry; Forest growth;
timber harvesting; harvest planning; Laser Scanning; cable yarding; forest monitoring;

Stampfer, K; Nothdurft, A; Kühmaier, M; Gollob, C; (2021): Forschungsaktivitäten im Bereich Forsttechnik und Digitalisierung .

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