Ann's paper characterizing the proximity of ground workers to hazards during active logging operations published in Forests
Congratulations to Ann on publishing her first thesis chapter as part of our NIOSH-funded research using real-time GNSS systems to improve logging safety. This work is the first published example of using multi-transponder GNSS-RF systems to monitor logging safety and opens the door to new ways of studying and thinking about forest operations in the future. Download the paper at this link.
...And congrats to Eloise on her new paper in Sensors! Hazards in Motion: Development of Mobile Geofences for Use in Logging Safety. Click here for full text...
Congratulations to Ryer on his first publication, continuing to advance our knowledge of real-time GNSS-RF positioning systems for forestry: doi:10.3390/f8020044
Come join us for two days in Coeur d'Alene this November 2-3, 2017 to learn about the state of the art in real-time positioning systems for mobile devices in natural resources. We'll have a day in a half of presentations followed by a half day work shop trying out devices on the Experimental Forest. Get more info at this website.
It was a busy week for all of us. Our lab group gave 5 presentations at the 2016 Society of American Foresters National Convention in Madison last week. Eloise, Ann and I each presented on our NIOSH-funded work using real-time GNSS systems for logging safety. Ryer and Xuexian presented on their BANR research!
Last month we did this presentation on real-time GNSS for logging safety as part of the Washington DNR forestry webinar series.
Federal Grant Supports UI Logger Safety Research Monday, August 10
The University of Idaho has a received an $825,000 from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to develop techniques to save the lives of those working in the woods.
Researchers from the College of Natural Resources working in UI’s Experimental Forest will use the funds to install GPS technology on the heavy equipment used in logging. The technology will allow other equipment operators to track the locations of their fellow workers without leaving the equipment cab.
“Federal support of research to improve the safety of employees engaged in this dangerous, yet highly necessary, industry is timely and relevant to the industry,” said Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. “I can’t think of anywhere more suited for conducting this research than on the UI Experimental Forest.”
Logging is among the most dangerous professions in the United States and improvements in safety are critical to the industry.
“Logging safety is always a concern, and being able to conduct research to save lives of our Idahoans is the most important research we can do,” said Rob Keefe, assistant professor in the College on Natural Resources.
The grant is an example of how the College of Natural Resources uses state money through the Forest Utilization Research budget to leverage further competitive funding for relevant research impacting Idaho’s economy. Natural resources and the associated industries contribute more than $5.4 billion to Idaho’s economy each year, according to UI’s Policy Analysis Group. The Associated Logging Contractors also supports the project.
See KLEW coverage of the BANR project by clicking here.
Read the UI press release on the BANR project by clicking here.