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Integrated proceSsing and controL systems fOr sustainable forest Production in mountain arEas

Objective

Mountains in Europe occupy ~35% of the land area and are mostly covered by forests.
Forestry operations in mountain areas are seldom performed by the harvester/forwarder system, being the sector still characterized by manual felling and extraction of timber by cable cranes. Due to the limits posed by steep terrain conditions, poor road network of mountain areas, limited storage and operational room, harvesting and extracting systems are more expensive and less flexible compared to the cut-to-length systems based on wheeled machines, commonly found in flatland forests of EU Nordic Countries.
Powerful and intelligent machines must be developed for forest works in steep terrain. This is the gap that SLOPE will try to fill in by developing an integrated system, from forest information system to logistic transportation, that allows optimization of the forest production in mountain areas.
The project will integrate information from remote sensing, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and on-field surveying systems, to support macro and local analysis to characterize forest resources. Spatial information will be integrated with multi-sensor data in a model for Sustainable Forest Management and for optimization of logistics during forest operations.
Intelligent technologies will be integrated in the cable crane/processor head to measure different data for the assessment of the assortment variety. Different Non-Destructive Testing methods, as well as pioneering chemometric analysis, will be tested during the project. Different traceability systems will be coupled to chemometric data, to trace the material, from the site throughout the supply chain.
Information about material origin, quality and availability will be integrated in a unique system, accessible online and available in real time to a series of operators.
The integration and post-processing of data collected by SLOPE will be used for further optimization of the “mountain forest models” and finally silviculture routines

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SME-7
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE GRAPHITECH
Address
Via Alla Cascata 56/c
38123 Trento
Italy

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniele Magliocchetti (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 740 905

Participants (10)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 453 665,36
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ario Ceccotti (Prof.)
COMPOLAB SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 581,92
Address
Via Dell Artigianato 53
57121 Livorno

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Buratti (Mr.)
COASTWAY LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 251 236
Address
Tougher Business Park Newhall Survey House
K1 Naas Kildare

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enda Nolan (Mr.)
WUUDIS SOLUTIONS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 468 048
Address
Kiillekuja 1
50130 Mikkeli

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Seppo Huurinainen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 376 546
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karl Stampfer (Prof.)
FLYBY SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 239 502,72
Address
Via Aurelio Lampredi 45
57121 Livorno

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Masini (Dr.)
GREIFENBERG TELEFERICHE SAS DI GRAIFENBERG DIEGO & C
Italy
EU contribution
€ 372 870
Address
Via Longa 7
38027 Terzolas (Tn)

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diego Graifenberg (Mr.)
TREEMETRICS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 293 470
Address
6 South Mall
T12 Cork

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enda Keane (Mr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 257 877
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Viñas Ruiz (Mrs.)
KESLA OYJ

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Finland
Address
Kuurmankatu 24
80100 Joensuu

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simo Sastamoinen (Mr.)