Forest Operations Productivity Initiative

“Using good data to support your forest operations”

Stellenbosch University in conjunction with the South African Forest industry has developed a robust and internationally aligned Time Study Standard and Data Repository Protocol for use by forest managers, practitioners/contractors and researchers.  As part of ongoing support for forest operations The Forest Operations Productivity Initiative includes several machine and systems costing models which will also soon include silvicultural operations as part of the overall forest productivity package. The objectives of these efforts are to improve, if not optimise, silviculture and timber harvesting operations in the face of ever increasing international competition and to provide planning tools to not only the South African Forest Industry but to international partners as well.


Time Study App Available

An Android-based Time Study app has been developed and is now available for download and installation. The app is designed for Android-based smartphones running version 4.0.3 or higher. This app allows the user to conduct element time studies using the standardised...

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Pietermaritzberg Short Course Complete

A industry partner short-course on time study planning and implementation was held at the ICFR in Pietermaritzberg on the 3rd and 4th of May 2018. The course was successfully completed with 20 attendees from many different companies.  We look forward to seeing data...

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