in the Forest Industry
As in other sectors, digitalization is proceeding apace in the forest and timber industries. At INTERFORST, which will take place at the Munich exhibition grounds from July 18 to 22, 2018, this topic will be reflected in the accompanying scientific congress, the special shows and the exhibitors' booths alike. All relevant groups of forest management and forest technology will gather at the five-day industry highlight where representatives of science, politics and practice will exchange views, experiences and ideas.
Timber volumes, data volumes, databases
The topic of digitalization is accorded ever-greater importance, not only in the industry but also in forestry. Managing and cultivating forests according to silvicultural principles is a great challenge, which is not becoming easier but increasingly more complex despite state-of-the-art technology. Nowadays, the amount of data recorded in the forest is huge-for example inventory data such as geographical or geological data or those referring to wildlife biology. In addition, there are operational data, feasibility studies, risk analyses, accident statistics, forest-damage surveys, timber inventory, sales and much more. The comprehensive evaluations of these data contribute to improving forest protection and management.
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Decision-making processes in forest management must take account of a vast number of different components, and processes are to undergo continuous optimization simultaneously, just as in the industry. In this context, the significance of information and communication technologies is on the increase, regardless of whether the structure of forest ownership is private or public. Large databases are required to cope with and analyze such data quantities. At the same time, the use of mobile networks, the mobile "office", is increasingly becoming an everyday experience, even if network coverage in rural areas is not yet completely implemented.
"Digitalization within forestry consortia offers great time-saving potential", says Dipl. Forstwirt Gerhard Penninger [graduated forester], Managing Director of the Holzkirchen Forest Owners' Association [Waldbesitzervereinigung Holzkirchen w.V.]. "The new information and communication technologies mean an extension of capacities for the existing staff provided that digitalization is actually taken advantage of. It is important and not always easy to develop the readiness of potential users to create and maintain the required databases. If this works out well, staff members use this tool frequently and successfully", states the WBV Managing Director. In his lecture at the INTERFORST CONGRESS, Gerhard Penninger will present digital solutions for forest owner associations.
Images (Intro): R. Eberhard, messekompakt.de, EBERHARD print & medien agentur gmbh
Source: Messe München