Nordic-Baltic Network for Operational Research

Coordinator: Professor Rolf Björheden, Skogforsk, Sweden,
Funding: 450 000 SEK/year for 5 years
Duration: 2016–2020

Currently, Rolf Björheden at Skogforsk is the CAR Coordinator and the Coordinating committee consists of Magnus Thor (Skogforsk), Antti Asikainen (Luke), Heikki Pajuoja (Metsäteho), Andis Lazdins (Silava), Vivian Kvist Johannsen (KU) and Bruce Talbot (NIBIO).

The Focus areas and the coordinators/contact persons are as follows:
Reduced impact logging, Isabelle Bergkvist,
Value recovery & Big data, Maria Nordström,
Mechanized and improved silviculture, Dagnija Lazdina,
Contractor forestry, Eva Skagestad,
Transport technology and low volume roads, Pirjo Venäläinen,
New and emerging forest products, Maria Iwarsson Wide,
Please feel free to contact us for information on developments and activities within the NB NORD work topics!


Sign up for this years big event in Nordic-Baltic forest operations R&D !

Forest Operations in Response to Environmental Challenges

NB-Nord Conference  June 3-5, 2019 (Honne, Norway)

More information and registration here!


Events in 2018:

Mechanized and improved silviculture workshop “Small machines for small trees”

November 14-15, 2018 Latvia, Riga & Salaspils& Incukalns

NB Nord Workshop on Timber transport and forest roads: Cost modelling approaches and latest news from the front 

Oslo 11-12 September 2018


The Roads & Transportation Focus Area of NB NORD focuses on research in logistics, transportation, infrastructure and on environmental impacts of transportation.

The Focus Area organized a workshop on Cost modelling approaches and latest news from the front in Oslo, Norway, on 11-12th September 2018. The Workshop was attended by 25 researchers and specialists from the Nordic-Baltic area. The workshop consisted of four sessions with themes including: 1) transport costing approaches, 2) development of system performance, 3) seasonality in transport and 4) forest and public road networks. The list of presentations/scientific programme for the workshop is available here.

The abstracts of the workshop presentations can be found in the proceedings.
All presentations from the Workshop are publicly available here.


NB-NORD workshop on Big data from forest machines 19-20 June 2018

Programme and practicalities

The abstracts can be found here


IT barometer, Tieto, Magnus Hell

Big data in animal production and breeding, Karoline B Wethal

National perspectives on big data from forest machines

Even Bergseng

Ingeborg Callesen/Bo Brockman

Janis Gercans

Leo Bont

Rolf Björheden

Tapio Ränsänen

Workshop presentations

Automated stand delineation and striproads (Timo Melkas and Kirsi Riekki)

Big Databases in forest planning and operations_(Erik Willen)

Feedback to operators based on harvester data (Maria Nordström)

Forwarding speed (Simon Berg)

GPS precision estimation (Bruce Talbot)

Harvester data as a base for management and feedback (Johan J Möller)

Harvester data for efficiency and economy (Even Bergseng)

Improving forest-to-industry integration (Lars Wilhelmsson)

Mathematical optimization and big data (Leo Bont)

Potential of harvester data (Tapio RÑsÑnen)

SB LOGG (Isak Hasselvold)

Single-tree positioning using harvester (Terje Gobakken)

StanForD2010 (John Arlinger)

Using external datasets for SAE NB-Nord (Liviu Ene)



Information about former OSCAR projects:
The achievements from OSCAR’s first five-year-period were presented in News & Views No. 6, 2010. Its networking activities will continue with a similar organisational structure, the main purpose being to maintain the technological leadership of the Nordic countries. Research on competitive and environmentally sound raw-material supply is of central importance to meet fierce competition from other regions. Preliminary project areas for this CAR are: energy efficiency in forest operations; reduced impact on soil and water; extracting forest bioenergy; training machine operators; mechanised and improved silvicultural operations; and forestry business engineering (to purchase and sell services in forestry). Find out more on the OSCAR2 website.


Annual report 2018

Annual report 2017

Annual report 2016

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