Precision Forestry

Digital technologies are revolutionizing forestry and wood processing industries around the globe. The returns on investment for Precision Forestry technologies are high, comparable to the shift from animal-powered or manual harvesting to mechanized processing. Corresponding gains can be found from digital forest inventory, advanced simulation and optimisation platforms, and improved wood supply chain management.

What if you could get more with less?

From generic management models to Precision Forestry

In the forestry sector many operators still rely on frameworks built on manual and analog processes. This leads to inaccurate data and models, simplified plans with generic management prescriptions, and inefficiencies in the supply chains.

Even the digital forerunners are facing challenges both in improving data quality and in making use of data incoming from various sources along the supply chain. The need to balance between diverse objectives for commercial performance and sustainability goals is also posing new types of challenges for the systems in place. 

Precision Forestry approach builds on accurate resource data and learning models, resulting in site-specific management and enabling optimisation with varying objectives at different levels.

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“This is a large step forward.”

– Tõnis Tõnisson, Forest Resource Manager, Tornator Eesti

Our Solutions for Precision Forestry

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Integrated Forest Information System

Integrated Forest Information System supports private or public forest management in overseeing forestry operations and predicting the future development of their forests. We provide stand-alone forest information systems as well as integrated digital solutions feeding into various IT ecosystems.

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Forest Management Optimisation

Forest Management Optimisation at strategic and operational levels finds the best possible combination of harvests and silvicultural operations while considering the current forest structure, forest growth conditions, business objectives and sustainability criteria.

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Forest Supply Chain Management

Forest Supply Chain Management solutions support forest managers to plan, optimise and track their forestry operations. Tracking operations are done by mobile applications and IoT-sensors, feedback loop improve machine and operator performance, and geospatial optimisation is done to minimize operational costs.

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Solution

Forest Inventory and Analysis

Digital twin based on accurate forest inventory is the backbone of Precision Forestry. Inventory analyses draw on various methods and technologies to determine tree volume, carbon stock and other metrics. Simosol offers solutions using drone and satellite-based remote sensing and AI.

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Benefits for forest owners, timber buyers, nature and climate

With current inventory technologies data can be obtained at tree-level with reasonable costs, which enables modeling at the same resolution. Tree-level simulation and optimisation results in accurate forecasts at timber assortment level, introducing various benefits for forest managers, such as;

  • Increased productivity and higher wood yields
  • Increased return on investment
  • Decreased uncertainty in asset transactions/valuations

And timber buyers;

  • Value-based timber pricing
  • Lower delivered costs for wood
  • Shorter raw material lead times

Significant beneficiaries are also the nature and climate through; 

  • Improved resource efficiency (producing more from less and relieving pressure on natural forests)
  • Improved carbon balance of forestry (maximal carbon sequestration through yield maximization and decreased emissions through optimised operations) 

In order to optimise a wood supply chain, one needs to have real-time visibility to the harvesting and transport operations. 

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Our People to Help You

Atte Saukkola

Head of Precision Forestry Services

+358 503663233

Atte is heading Simosol’s Precision Forestry Solutions. He utilizes Simosol’s software to produce a variety of services for our clients. He has versatile skills from the field of forest resource management, silviculture, wood procurement and forest industry. In addition to academic background from forest resource management, he has worked as an expert in several forestry and forest industry related assignments in various countries.

Jussi Rasinmäki

Principal

+358 400382364

Jussi is one of Simosol’s founding partners. He has extensive experience in the field of biomass resource analysis and sustainable utilisation optimisation. Having earned his PhD from the Department of Forestry in University of Helsinki in forest management planning, Jussi has led the teams at Simosol on projects in five continents to put the research into practise.

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