Catalogue of Results (JC2017)

Cutting-Edge Forest Technologies and Management Solutions

European forestry faces a number of challenges, from lack of resource efficiency and modernisation, to decline in available skills and human resources in the sector, and not to mention the need to ensure minimal environmental impact. As a key sector which provides rural jobs and affects other industries, innovative tools and thinking is needed to ensure the sustainability of European forest resources moving forward.

The project group on Cutting-Edge Forest Technologies and Management Solutions forms the projects of the ForestValue ERA-NET Cofund initiative. They have brought out innovative solutions for the sustainable management of multifunctional forests as well as innovative industrial production and processing technologies, products, concepts and services.

If you are a player in the forestry sector, then browse through our catalogue of results and see how you can benefit!

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All together, these projects bring forward the following:

  • New processes for producing wood products
  • Better understanding of the properties of wood and technologies for its analysis
  • New techniques and technologies to support the valuation and valorisation of forests and wood
  • An understanding the players in the wood economy from the grassroots and introducing methodologies and tools to improve their performance
  • Research on the effects of policy on the wood economy and providing insights for improvement
  • New or improved wood products for industrial application
  • Methodologies and tools to improve wood economy performance
  • Techniques and technologies to support the valuation and valorisation of forests and wood

Catalogue of Results

The projects have produced 49 results that are organised into the following categories:

    Forestry players are encouraged to browse through our catalogue and get in touch with the result owners to see how these results can benefit you!

    High-Value Added Wood Products

    Result Result
    Project Contact
    FunEnzFibres Production Tools for Cellulose Oxidizing Enzymes

    Technologies to produce high quantities of oxidative enzymes with low contaminating background activities and using simple conditions.

    Tools FunEnzFibres
    FunEnzFibres Enzymatic oxidation to produce cellulosic fibres with improved solubility

    Contributes the sustainable conversion of wood fibres to textiles.

    Process FunEnzFibres
    FunEnzFibres Enzymatic oxidation to produce new type of micro-fibrillated cellulosic materials

    New material properties for packaging, and reduction of water and energy consumption in production.

    Process FunEnzFibres
    FunEnzFibres Effect of enzyme & cellulose type and reaction condition on enzymatic oxidation of cellulosic fibres

    Scientific and technical knowledge about LPMO oxidation of cellulose, especially for material applications.

    Study FunEnzFibres
    StrongComposite Cellulose laminate stacking process at large scale

    A sustainable high-strength fibre composite, which allows to substitute less eco-friendly materials in various applications.

    Process StrongComposite
    StrongComposite cellulose composites with a biobased matrix

    A sustainable high-strength fibre composite, which allows to substitute less eco-friendly materials in various applications.

    Prototype StrongComposite
    StrongComposite high-strength cellulose materials

    Shows the concept and potential of this novel cellulose material.

    Prototype StrongComposite
    StrongComposite strong cellulose-matrix composites

    Proof of concept that high-strength cellulose composites can be achieved.

    Prototype StrongComposite
    StrongComposite functional cellulose materials

    Proof of concept of innovative approaches to produce hierarchical, multifunctional, and sustainable cellulose-based materials.

    Prototype   StrongComposite


    Wood Grading Solutions & Technologies

    Result Result
    Project Contact
    READiStrength State-of-the-Art Reports on Strength Grading

    Covers grading methodology, underlying regulations for applying strength grading procedures and industrial views on their applicability.

    Publications READiStrength Anders Lycken
    FIRENWOOD testing and classification system for adhesives for structural fire applications

    A classification method improving fire design models by thorough experimental validation.

    Classification System FIRENWOOD
    Final CLICKdesign model

    A performance-based specification protocol to enable provision of a software tool for architects and specifiers to embed service life performance specification for wood.

    Software CLICKdesign Ed Suttie
    FIRENWOOD State-of-the-art report

    A detailed overview of where wood elements can be applied with which requirements to fire resistance rating, and which field of use is currently excluded.

    FIRENWOOD small-scale and model-scale testing

    Fire development and fire properties testing methodology.

    Methodology FIRENWOOD
    FIRENWOOD design models for structures with I-joists, CLT and glued-in fasteners

    Improved fire design models by thorough experimental validation.

    Design Models FIRENWOOD
    READiStrength Strength grading models based on log characteristics

    Solutions for manufacturers that can be implemented in different technical systems for scanner systems.

    Models READiStrength

    Magnus Fredriksson firstname.1.lastname[at]

    Andreas Weidenhiller firstinitial.lastname[at]

    Andreas Briggert firstname.lastname[at]

    Udo Sauter

    Olof Broman

    READiStrength models for timber strength grading based on board characteristics

    Mathematical solutions for different technological grading applications which can be used by scanner manufacturers.

    Models READiStrength

    Andreas Weidenhiller firstinitial.lastname[at]

    Olof Broman

    READiStrength Combined wood log and board strength grading concepts

    Combinations of different state-of-the-art scanning technologies on log and board basis could provide new concepts for material flow through sawmill production.

    System READiStrength

    Andreas Weidenhiller firstinitial.lastname[at]

    Magnus Fredriksson firstname.1.lastname[at]

    Franka Brüchert firstname.lastname[at]

    READiStrength Timber strength prediction concept for CT data generating models of boards

    Wood board finite element models generated from CT data provide an advanced understanding of the wood strength

    Process READiStrength Johannes Huber
    firstname.lastname[at]ltu.seAndreas Weidenhiller firstinitial.lastname[at]

    Olof Broman firstname.lastname[at]

    Framework for grading of secondary timber

    An approach for assigning design properties for a batch of timber, when the situation is out-of-scope of EN 14081

    Methodology InFutUReWood Karin Sandberg
    firstname.lastname[at]ri.seDan Ridley-Ellis


    Wood Construction Material Innovations and Guidelines

    Result Result
    Project Contact
    hardwood_joint implementable design rules

    Allows practitioners to implement developed solutions into building practice.

    Methodology   hardwood_joint
    Quantification of structural damping in as-built tall timber buildings

    Provides exact tall timber building#e2efd9 behaviour data allowing validation of calculations or optimising future designs.

    System DynaTTB Marie Johansson
    Identification and quantification of the effects of connections and non-structural elements

    Provides architects & civil engineers better insight on different building technologies and how they affect the overall behaviour of tall timber buildings.

    Publication DynaTTB Marie Johansson
    Finite element models for tall timber buildings

    Includes approaches used to model different kinds of tall timber buildings.

    Model DynaTTB Marie Johansson
    Taller timber building wind design guidelines

    Covers specific design advice, state of the art (timber construction systems, finite element modelling, in-situ measurements, …) and case studies.

    Publication DynaTTB Marie Johansson
    Numerical modelling of asymmetrical CLT structures on seismic areas

    Design recommendations for multi-story timber buildings built in earthquake areas.

    Study InnoCrossLam Boris Azinović
    Adaption of a 3D Multisurface failure criterion for clear wood

    The Abaqus user material subroutine includes multi-surface failure criterion with ideal plasticity.

    Source Code InnoCrossLam Josef Füssl
    State of the art in design of CLT structures

    Common practices and solutions for typical challenges in structural design for engineers dealing with CLT.

    Blueprint InnoCrossLam Martin Schenk
    A tool for assessing the reuse potential of timber buildings

    An indicator system to assess if a building is designed for disassembly in accordance with ISO 20887

    Publication InFutUReWood Ylva Sandin
    Design for deconstruction and reuse of timber structures– state-of-the-art-review

    It discusses technical premises for a potential circular use of timber in building construction in low-rise timber buildings, up to 3 storeys, in seven countries



    InFutUReWood Carmen Cristescu
    Ylva Sandin
    Estimating the material stock in wooden residential houses in Finland

    Quantifying the amount of wood available in Finnish residential houses in 2017

    Publication InFutUReWood Bahareh Nasiri
    Development of a life cycle inventory database and life cycle impact assessment of the building demolition stage: a case study in Germany

    Project-specific inventory data for the calculation of life cycle assessments for the building’s demolition stage

    Publication InFutUReWood Raphaela Ivanica


    Forest Management and Logistics Solutions

    Result Result
    Project Contact
    NOBEL Auctioning platform

    A web platform to enable payments for ecosystem services built based on NOBEL’s 3 business models providing a platform for exchanges between providers, companies, and government agencies.

    Software NOBEL
    SMALLWOOD Multi-tree harvesting, and combined harvesting and chipping techniques

    Wood harvesting and extraction innovations aiming to increase sustainable utilisation of small diameter wood.

    Methodology   SMALLWOOD
    MULTIFOREVER Demonstration Plots with Somatic plants

    Demonstrates performance of advanced somatic seedlings and benefits of new management strategies for plantation multi-varietal forestry.

    Prototype MULTIFOREVER Andrea Rupps
    Multi-objective Optimization tool

    The tool allows to define ecosystem service demands important for society and analyse the optimal management strategy to reach the targets.

    Tool MultiForest Mikko Mönkkönen
    Up-scaling and automation of somatic embryo production

    Improved in-vitro culture techniques making somatic embryo production more effective, up-scaled and automated.

    Methodology MULTIFOREVER Ulrika Egertsdotter
    Virtual supply chain laboratory environment for professionals

    Enables value-tracking and interactive testing of harvesting and transport responses to challenging climate scenarios.

    Virtual Environment GreenLane
    Trees ‘memory’ of stress applied during early somatic embryogenesis (priming)

    Conifer trees can memorize stress experienced during early development which could be used as an innovative ‘breeding’ method to introduce new traits of interest.

    Methodology MULTIFOREVER Paloma Moncaleán
    Somatic embryogenesis initiation from bud explants

    New methodology of initiating cultures from older trees allowing the direct vegetative propagation of elite trees with known characteristics.

    Methodology MULTIFOREVER Tuija Aronen
    Harmonized output data comprising stock, growth and yield, harvest amounts, and soil carbon

    The forest growth modelling output for five important timber producing countries in the EU using different management strategies and climate change scenarios will provide basic data on potential forest growth, harvest output and basis ecosystem services

    Dataset ValoFor
    Productivity ranges of forest machines

    Based on empirical work studies, optimal working radii were derived for different models of forestry machines, also under the influence of operator assistance such as IBC or rotating cabs. The results served as a foundation for the development of the coach.

    Data set/ Model/ Publication AVATAR Florian Hartsch
    Sensor platform for detection of forest machine environment

    In a field study, a harvester was equipped with a sensor platform that can record the machine environment and the position of the harvester head in relation to the forest machine.

    Prototype AVATAR Csongor Horvath
    Head-Up-Display in forest machine cabin to display machine surrounding and working ranges

    In a field study, the cabin of a harvester was equipped with a HUD that displays the machine environment (data collected from sensor platform) to the operator to help with optimal positioning.

    Prototype AVATAR Florian Hartsch

    Csongor Horvath

    Esteban Arboix

    List of advantageous and disadvantageous work practices of forest machine operators

    Based on extensive interviews, a list of advantageous and disadvantageous work practices of forest machine operators was developed, which can be used in future machine operator training to better assess strengths and weaknesses of young and also experienced operators

    Data set/
    Publication (pending)
    AVATAR Florian Hartsch


    Martin Englund


    Stem diameter measuring accuracy algorithm

    Based on empirical data, the accuracy of harvester head measurements can be assessed.

    Data set  AVATAR Maria Nordström

    Policy Reports and Recommendations

    Result Result
    Project Contact
    Sectoral policies drive forest management and ecosystem services

    Provides leverage points for policymakers to increase coherence among future policies and improve implementation of multiple uses of forests.

    Publication MultiForest Mikko Mönkkönen
    ValoFor Report on forest owner characteristics, legal frameworks and forest behaviour

    Provides recommendations for practice, policy and industry on national and EU level specifically on small forest owners’ perception towards the bioeconomy, forest management, climate change adaptation and forest conservation

    Study, Methodology  and Model ValoFor
    I-MAESTRO Recommendations for Practice and Policy

    Policy recommendations on management strategies to ensure resilience and high levels of ecosystem services provisioning at different scales, ranging from stands and landscapes to the European level.

    Publication I-MAESTRO
    I-MAESTRO European Database on Forest Disturbances

    The updated database will provide a precise overview of past events and trends, and better predictions for the future.

    Dataset I-MAESTRO
    I-MAESTRO analysis of impacts of disturbances, management and climate change scenarios on ecosystem services with forest models

    Uses forest simulation models addressing interactions between disturbances, forest management, climate change and structural complexity.

    Study I-MAESTRO
    MULTIFOREVER Somatic plant market analysis survey

    Provides an understanding of the current knowledge and interest of the EU forest-wood sector to invest in somatic embryogenesis technology (Finland: done/submitted for publication; Sweden: ongoing; EU scale: coming soon).

    Study MULTIFOREVER Daniel Gräns
    firstname.lastname[at]slu.seMikko Tikkinen
    Report on small forest enterprise production and profitability

    The report can be used to better understand the economic constrains of small forest owners as a basis for policy development.

    Study ValoFor
    Report on the status of forest ecosystem services and biodiversity in small private forests

    Provides better understanding of the trade-offs between various ecosystem services.

    Study ValoFor


    Wood Material Research and Insights Library

    Result Result
    Project Contact
    CLICKdesign validation and optimisation of the decay, exposure, insect, and resistance models

    A service life model to predict performance of wood in construction

    Study CLICKdesign Ed Suttie
    Determination of the mechanical properties of multifunctional CLT

    Feasibility study and demonstrator for the manufacture of thermally activated wall elements.

    Feasibility Study InnoCrossLam Matthias Arnold
    Mechanical behaviour for CLT elements design

    Covers the mechanical behaviour of cross laminated timber at in-plane shear loading and notched elements at out-of-plane loading – useful for the development of design codes and standards.

    Study InnoCrossLam Henrik Danielsson
    hardwood_joint rough shear plane effects

    Optimising timber joints by activating further load-carrying contributions such as friction through rough shear planes.

    Engineering Models hardwood_joint
    hardwood_joint finalised single-fastener model

    Serves as a basis for the development of realistic joint models.

    Engineering Models hardwood_joint


    [1] Results types are: Blueprint; Commercial solution; Data set / data pool; Demonstrator; Feasibility study; Framework (e.g. software environment, policy document, legal framework); Hardware (e.g. chip, appliance, drone, sensor, system); Infrastructure (e.g. IT infrastructure, transport infrastructure, energy infrastructure, water infrastructure, building etc.); Methodology; Model (e.g. risk model, mathematical model, data model, physical model, business model etc.); Patent (e.g. utility, design patents and plant patents); Policy report; Prototype; Proxy/broker service; Research and/or virtual environment; Scientific publication (Refereed); Scientific publication (Non-refereed); Software (e.g. routine, integrated platform, library, plugins); Standard (e.g. norms, policies); Taxonomy / Ontology; Tool / Toolkit / toolbox; Training (e.g. learning tools, services, modules); White paper or similar publication; Other – please specify.

    Project Group Members

    The projects under the Project Group on Cutting-Edge Forest Technologies and Management Solutions (HRB PDESB FORESTVALUE) have received support from the HRB – Horizon Result Booster – an initiative funded European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Unit J5, Common Service for Horizon 2020 Information and Data.