A methodology study for the application of Precision Forestry approach in logging operation chains
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SubjectGNSS; Forest mechanisation performance; Operational-monitoring; Tower yarder; South-Tyrol; Italy
A new methodology for monitoring the performance of forest chain was here proposed and described. The target of this methodology is to develop a system to analyse operational time monitoring. The aim of this study is to propose an innovative and standardized approach of Precision Forestry in the use of GNSS for performance and productivity relief. GNSS is used as an integrated tool for measuring the efficiency of the forest mechanisation chain. So far, these surveys have been carried out through the application of GNSS only for logging operatio ns. The validation data has been done through the comparison with a clock time relief. The preliminary overview about the application of this approach on harvesting operations has permitted to assess a good feasibility of the use of GNSS in the relief of operative times in high mechanised forest chain. Results showed an easy and completely identification of the different operative cycles and elementary operations phases, with a maximum difference between the two methodologies of 11.49%.