Next Generation Timber Harvesting Systems: Opportunities for remote controlled and autonomous machinery (PRC437-1718)

This project was developed to help facilitate the opportunity for developing next generation harvesting systems, and is a comprehensive review of opportunities that exist within our current harvesting practices for either remote or autonomous control, including:

  1. Felling and processing at the stump.
  2. Extraction to the roadside or designated processing location
  3. Loading on to the secondary (i.e. truck) transportation system.
  4. Transportation of logs and or stems to either a log yard or final destination.
  5. The harvesting process will include tree felling, extraction, processing, loading out, and trucking.

The report highlights and recommends the most immediate opportunities where Research and Development efforts should be focussed.  

Findings Report: