Using the hand controllers, machine operators can flag and register in the production file that an environmental object (such as a high stump or a retained stand) is being left standing next to the tree being harvested. This new function makes it easier for the client to see the number of flagged trees, as well as their coordinates. Using this function, clients and landowners can more conveniently plan their environmental work and use the information for environmental audits. The computerised planning system back at the office can then present the outcome of the environmental considerations made during a harvesting assignment.

This MaxiXplorer function is available on all harvesters, provided that the codes are registered in the bucking instructions that the client provides for the machine. The function ensures that the right information reaches the client. The function has been developed in a collaboration between Skogforsk, forestry companies in Sweden and Komatsu Forest AB.

Visualisering av stamkoder

The figure shows a visualisation example from Skogforsk based on an assignment for Stora Enso in Sweden.  This was a trial involving the registration of stumps and newly discovered cultural objects using stem codes in the harvester in conjunction with final logging in northern Uppland. The example shows 26 high stumps (4.7 per ha). In addition, one protected tree (retained tree) and two stands have been registered.