RMK timber trucks to start determining the stacking coefficient with the help of Timbeter 30.09
The State Forest Management Centre (RMK) implemented the use of a measurement application, developed in cooperation with start-up Timbeter, the winner of the Ajujaht competition, which will be used to determine the volume and stacking coefficient of timber on RMK timber trucks.
According to Rainer Laigu, Chief Specialist of Forest Management at RMK, 55% of RMK timber trucks driving on the roads of Estonia transport paper and fuel wood, the volume of which is determined with a stacking coefficient, showing how large a part of the stack in the cargo is formed by wood without bark and air. “In essence, RMK’s entire wood delivery chain is digitalised, with only the stacking coefficient information having to be entered by the drivers at a glance, which has sometimes resulted in disputes between the parties,” Laigu explained.
From now on, the drivers can determine the stacking coefficient with Timbeter; the information is transferred to the e-conveyance document and a digital footprint is retained of each measurement. Such an arrangement enables determining the stacking coefficient more precisely and reduces the number of disputes.
RMK has cooperated with Timbeter since its foundation, after winning the Ajujaht competition, and participated in the development as the main test user. “We support in every way the dissemination of novel applications in the Estonian forest sector and ensuring that all important forest information is digitalised,” said Rainer Laigu, who remains confident that by using Timbeter, market transparency and traceability will definitely increase.
According to Anna-Greta Tsahkna, a management board member of Timbeter, the start-up also wants to contribute to a more paperless and efficient forest sector. “Digitalised information enables cross-usage of data and reduction of bureaucracy and paperwork,” Tsahkna noted and added that the solution also helps to prevent situations where the stronger party to the transaction dictates the fixed stacking coefficient, which the other party cannot dispute in the interests of continuing to work together. “Transparent measurement most definitely helps to increase trust between parties,” she said.
Timbeter, founded by Estonians, is also today a participant in the legalisation process of photo-optical measurement in Lithuania and Germany, which enables using the measurement results of wood as an official basis for settlements.
Timbeter launched the timber measurement application for paper and fuel wood this spring, having been developing it together with RMK since 2013. Using Timbeter’s application, the measurer takes a picture of the pile with a smart device, and after a few simple clicks, and a couple of minutes, receives an answer about the volume, number of logs, location, etc. The application can be downloaded from the Google Play environment and is readily usable for both private forest owners as well as enterprises.
RMK is the keeper, protector and manager of the forest and other natural biotic communities belonging to the Estonian state. RMK earns a profit for the state through forest management, growing reforestation material, and organising forest and nature conservation works. In addition, RMK provides opportunities for nature walking in recreational and protected areas and shapes nature awareness. Last year, RMK’s nature reserves and recreational areas were visited 2.2 million times, with visitor numbers growing from year to year. RMK consists of the Sagadi Forest Centre, the Elistvere Animal Park, AS Eesti Metsataim and the Põlula Fish Farm.
Chief Specialist of Forest Management at RMK
Tel: 510 1411
Member of the Management Board of Timbeter
Tel: 524 7773