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The Log - Issue three - Profile: Martin Strandgard

log3-09-strandgard2 Martin Strandgard is a forester with 26 years experience working in government forestry businesses and at the University  of Melbourne. He is one of the original members of the Program Three team, involved since the program began in 2005. His research work now focuses on the use of technology to improve productivity in mechanised harvesting systems.

I have been working as a research fellow for the CRC for Forestry Harvesting and Operations program since its inception in 2005.

In the 1980s I completed my Bachelor in Forest Science (Hons) and Masters of Forest Science degrees at the University of Melbourne. After completing my Masters, I started work at the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)—working initially in the area of plantation inventory and management and then with the native forest harvesting group and finally with the native forest inventory section. The major focus of my work was the development and support of field-based software tools. These tools have been used significantly in the harvest planning and recording areas. After leaving DSE in 1998, I returned to the University of Melbourne to develop several plantation management systems which simulated the growth and harvest of radiata pine and eucalypt plantations under user-specified management regimes. This work and the work at DSE has been directly applicable to my work with Program Three, particularly with measurement accuracy and optimisation of product out-turn.

My major area of work to date with Program Three has involved improving returns from plantation sawlogs through reduced log rejection and through optimisation. The initial stage in this work has been to estimate potential losses from inaccurate harvester log measurements and to identify cost-effective means of improving accuracy. I recently started evaluating data on machine delays captured by Multidat onboard loggers. This data is useful both for short-term harvesting trials and for long-term continuous improvement programs. Multidats are currently collecting data for both short- and long-term use at two eucalypt plantation sites.


Martin Strandgard

Research Fellow
Tel: 03 9250 6872
mnstra@unimelb.edu.au