We’ve already talked about different measurement formulas in one of the blog-posts earlier. There is a wide variety of log scaling methods around the world. Most of them utilize length and diameter information to determine volume in cubic units. Many log-scaling methods require small-end diameter measurement. We often get questions about the difference between formulas.
Here is a comparison of the results that different formulas give
This is an example of volume calculation using unbiased rounding logic and two different formulas (Smalian and Huber).
All of the before-mentioned formulas (except cylindrical) use small-end diameter and log length for the determination of volume. In the future updates we will be implementing more formulas.
Differences in measurement results
Next graph will give a clearer view of the differences based on the results of FOREST PRODUCT CONVERSION FACTORS FOR THE UNECE REGION , GENEVA TIMBER AND FOREST DISCUSSION PAPER 49, published by UNECE/FAO and Timbeter implemented formulas.
For a single log you can get a volume difference of almost 4.9 times (Finland vs US Doyle log rule). It is worth noting that Doyle log rule is meant for calculating the log’s timber capacity.
Comparison of 100 logs
The following example will compare Timbeter’s formulas with a log stack of 100 logs (Birch, 3.2 m long). In the picture we have the small-end diameters facing towards the smart-device.
As a conclusion one may say that different formulas vary from each other quite a lot. Trading timber in different markets demands experience.
With the help of Timbeter it is easier and more transparent, as you can calculate one measurement with different formulas.
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