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Published: 20 Jun, 2018

Formas grant for planning and optimizing route planning for forestry machines

NEWS Eddie Wadbro from UMIT Research Lab / Department of Computing Science is teaming up with Ola Lindroos at SLU and researchers from LTU and Oregon State University to minimize the damage made by forestry vehicles in the terrain using 3D-laser scanning and optimal route planning.

The forests of Scandinavia provide resources such as timber and clean water, and are also important for the plant and wildlife diversity as well as a recreation area for people.

To make forestry more efficient, we need to consider more objectives than maximizing the profit of forestry operations. It is pivotal to preserve the recreational areas and the resource supplies, such as clean water, while at the same time getting the most out of the forest.

One of the challenges of todays’ forestry operations is how to plan the routes of the machinery. It is vital that this is done when the first machine enters the forest as the first machine that enters dictates the tracks to be used in all subsequent operations.  

SLU together with UmU, LTU and Oregon State University has made this a common cause and has been granted 4.5 Msek from Formas for project ‘Reduced forest soil damage by advanced machine routing and motion planning’.

From Umeå University and UMIT Research Lab / Department of Computing Science Eddie Wadbro participates. Eddie works at UMIT in the ‘Computational design optimization’ group which works with various types of local and global optimization methods applied to a broad range of fields from route optimization to optimization of electromagnetic transceivers.

Editor: Mats Johansson