Recently, Sweden's three wood measurement associations – VMF Nord, VMF Syd and Qbera, and SDC, an industry association whose tasks include collecting statistics on timber harvesting and quality assuring measurements taken by harvesters in the forest, merged to become Biometria.
Tasked with conducting an impartial measurement of the timber that flows between forest and industry so that all of Sweden’s forest owners can rest assured in their timber business,Biometria has also announced new rules for pulpwood measurement. As a new name on the Swedish forestry and forest industry value chain, Biometria is participating at the upcoming SkogsElmia forestry tradeshow that takes place in Bratteborg June 6-8, 2019, outside Jönköping, Sweden.
We’ll be demonstrating telemetry and telling people about the new classification rules for pulpwood. We do more than that, which is what we’ll be showing at SkogsElmia, said Simeon Adler of Biometria.
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 pulpwood classification rules
Many visitors to the fair are Swedish forest owners, and for them, Biometria’s participation ought to be of particular 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, which could have an effect on energy wood prices the coming heating season.
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. The new classification rules also affect timber buyers, harvesting machinery operators, hauliers, and timber administrators, who all also have good reason to visit Biometria at the fair to learn what the rules will be after they come into effect on August 1, 2019.
At SkogsElmia, 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 about SEK 25 million (≈ EUR 2.34 million) annually, Adler said
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.
It has been over three decades since the previous forest road inventory and much has happened since then, not least trials with high capacity transport (HCT).
We also plan to present our merged organisation with 850 employees throughout Sweden plus the other services we offer, Simeon Adler concluded..