Don’t miss the new rules for measuring pulpwood

Tomorrow’s timber measurers will be at SkogsElmia.

“We’ll be demonstrating telemetry and telling people about the new classification rules for pulpwood,” says Simeon Adler of Biometria.

If the name is unknown that’s because the company is new but its component parts are well known: Sweden’s three timber measurement associations plus SDC, an industry association whose tasks include collecting statistics on timber harvesting and quality assuring measurements taken by harvesters.

“We do more than that, which is what we’ll be showing at SkogsElmia, Adler says.

What that ‘more’ is can be summed up by saying that Biometria offers a standardised and quality assured platform for taking measurements. Impartial, uniform and rational measurements are crucial to the digitalisation and automation of the timber flow.

New classification rules

Many visitors to the fair are forest owners, and for them Biometria’s stand is of great interest. This is where they can access knowledge that is worth money and simplifies work in the forest.

Of current interest are the new classification rules for pulpwood. Briefly, they will make it easier to understand how the measuring process is done. The quality of the whole stack, not of the individual logs, will determine the price.

New classification rules also affect timber buyers, machine operators, transporters and timber administrators, who also have good reason to visit Biometria at the fair to learn what the rules will be after they come into effect on 1 August 2019.

Measuring at a distance

The Biometria team at the stand will also be demonstrating telemetry – measuring at a distance. The timber measurers will be working with computer monitors and sophisticated technology at the fair, with the timber itself located elsewhere in the country. This is a major efficiency gain that benefits the entire logistics chain.

The third news is a national inventory of forest roads. It is being done by Biometria and funded by the forest industry, which means that it does not cost forest owners anything.

“In contrast, inadequate information about our forest roads costs 25 million kronor a year,” Adler says.

Benefits of correct data

The survey began in 2019 and will continue until 2023. It will document such features as accessibility, locations of junctions and turnarounds, and bearing capacity. The correct information will enable hauliers to transport more efficiently, timber buyers to plan more easily for felling and transport, and forest owners to make more profitable timber deals. The last time the forest road network was inventoried was 30 years ago and much has happened since then.

“We also plan to present our merged organisation with 850 employees throughout Sweden plus the other services we offer,” Simeon Adler says.

Timber measurement and forest roads affect all forest industry professionals. That fact alone makes a visit to Biometria essential during SkogsElmia on 6–8 June 2019.


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