The main objective of the Work Package is to achieve a complete integration of the different components that are part of the SLOPE platform. This means ensuring that the system works properly and is ready for the field test and pilots in WP7. This WP will contain three basic System Integration phases, summarizing the validation results and providing recommendations for selected pilots of WP7. A further goal of this WP is to analyse the components of the SLOPE platform from the technical and economic point of view, composing the overall cost of the proposed working system and its benefits (economic, qualitative, social and possibly environmental) compared to the current harvesting systems in mountain forests.
The system integration phase will be mainly sub-divided into three main blocks: 1) into the first the forest inventory measurements and the harvesting measurement system will be integrated, 2) during the second the whole forest management system will be integrated and 3) finally a system validation process will be ensured. The assessment will be based on functional, performance and user experience collected feedback. The techno-economic analysis will follow the same pattern as the System Integration Phase, from which it will obtain most of the data, identifying three blocks: 1) the cost of each single element will be estimated within a range of options (e.g. cost of prototype vs. cost of industrial product) as well as an expected productivity and reliability of the operations, this phase will also provide thresholds of sustainability (minimum performances, maximum unit cost, etc.) to be addressed, 2) estimated productivity and cost of the whole system will be assessed under different scenarios (sensitive analysis) by mean of simulations models with the aim to identify bottlenecks and critical elements to be solved and 3) based on the data provided by in forest demos productivity and cost models will be developed, those will be also used for a wider system analysis comparing alternative working systems and addressing several sustainability aspects (economic, qualitative, social, environmental) by mean of multicriteria analysis. This last step will also consider the effect of EU and national politics (e.g. Due Diligence in timber trade) and the market trends on the overall benefits.
|T.6.1||Definition of the integration steps||GRAPHITECH|
|T.6.2||First integration - Forest inventory & harvesting systems||GRAPHITECH|
|T.6.3||Second integration - Forest management||MHG|
|T.6.4||Third integration - System validation||GRAPHITECH|