Current Research

These project form part of the Forest Operations Project at Stellenbosch University, jointly funded by York Timbers, Mondi and Sappi.

Progress report on current research – 2019

This document contains summaries of three student projects (two Masters and one intern) recently completed or in progress under the supervision of Prof. Pierre Ackerman and Simon Ackerman. These project form part of the Forest Operations Project at Stellenbosch University, jointly funded by York Timbers, Mondi and Sappi. 

Project 1: Multi-product forwarder based softwood timber extraction: Time consumption and productivity analysis of two forwarder models over multiple products and extraction distances 

Kayla Gagliardi 

Project 2: Unlocking the potential of harvester on board computer data in the South African Forestry value chain 

Marius Terblanche 

Project 3: Ergonomic risks assessment of manual and moto-manual pruning methods of Pinus patula stands in KZN Midlands in South Africa 

Zimbili Sibiya 

Technical papers