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Forest inventory by smartphone in chile

Based on the katam's disrupting forest measurement technology, the project will research and develop new algoritms, adapted to chilean forestry management methods. The prototype will be tried out in real forest environments by chilean forest companies with objective to improve yield and logistics.

Katam has developed a new disruptive smartphone based method for terrestrial measurement of standing forest. The method has been tested and evaluated in Swedish forest environments and by Swedish forest companies and is approaching initial commercial launch. The current status of the method is in particular appropriate for accurate measurement of tree diameter growth in forest environments that is clean from bushes and undervegitation. The forest sector in Chile, particularly that associated with commercial plantations of exotic species, has played a key role in the economic growth of Chile. The management of e.g. fast-growing Pinus Radiata based plantations requires extensive measurement and monitoring of both quantitative and qualitative growth. Today most of the measurements are done by using manual and analogue measurement equipment. By using the Katam measurement method, the Chilean forest industry would get a more efficient and accurate tool for forest measurement, in particular for forest plantation where the tree diameter growth is an important factor to monitor. The product concept KATAM Forest has potential to result in improved utilization and increased yield of the forestry raw material as well as optimization of forest management, such as production and logistics planning before and after harvesting. This Eureka project objective is to develop and adopt the current KATAM Forest measurement method for Chilean forest environment and forest management as well as prepare for a commercial launch within the region. The new methods will be evaluated and tried out by potential end customers in Chile. The project will be executed in cooperation with the Chilean forest companies CMPC and Arauco. TSST Energy will be the local Chilean hosting partner, responsible for CMPC and Arauco contacts on daily basis. TSST Energy will also activly participate in the software development, in particular when it comes to local verification and system integration. In more detail, the main topics for the project are: • Evaluate and asses the benefits of the current KATAM Forest measurement method in Chilean forest environment • Specify needed improvements and adoptions to the Chilean forest management • Research and development of new measurement algorithms • SW implementation of new functionality including initial verification (in Sweden) • Perform field tests, including operator usability tests (in Chile) • Define new operator measurement processes and how to utilize the new forestry information • Define needed data interfaces and how to integrate KATAM Forest with customers internal IT systems • Define appropriate business models for commercial set-up, including analyses of the customer benefits of new measurement method • Evaluate business relevance to offer commercial consultancy based forest measurement service, based on Katam measurement method
Acronym: 
FOREST_SMARTPHONE
Project ID: 
12 230
Start date: 
01-05-2018
Project Duration: 
12months
Project costs: 
270 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Sylviculture, Forestry
Market Area: 
AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHING

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