Timber measurement can be complicated. Different log scaling formulas, bark factor, misshapen logs are merely some of the key factors that raise questions concerning accuracy.
We discussed with several of our users about using Timbeter more effectively. Here is a compilation of the most frequently asked questions concerning using Timbeter for measuring log scaling.
The first question is about timber barks. The majority of countries do volume calculation, excluding the barks. Timbeter detects the contour area of a log under the bark and converts it to a symmetrical circle, so the bark is excluded from the diameter as well.
Only a couple of countries are actually measuring log diameters over the bark. If you require calculating the volume over the bark, then simply add 10-12% as this is the most common ratio for the measurement with the bark.
#2 Odd-shaped Logs
Question 2: Can I measure odd-shaped logs? Absolutely, yes you can! Timbeter detects the whole surface of the log, converts it to a symmetrical circle and calculates the exact average diameter based on this as explained earlier.
When measurements are made manually, then typically the person measures the widest and the narrowest part of the log and hence calculates the average. Using Timbeter, you’ll obtain the exact average diameter of the log so there is no need to worry about the log shapes.
#3 Cubic Meter vs Board Feet
The third question is the unit systems. Timbeter’s HQ is in Estonia, so you might believe that Timbeter solutions have only metric systems. However, we know that some of our users need different unit systems such as board feed.
However, you don’t need to worry about this either because Timbeter can utilize both the metric and imperial measurement system to calculate your timber volumes. Thus Timbeter provides you with the calculated result either in cubic meters or board feet, according to your need.
The next question is log length. The length of the logs needs to be inserted by the user. Should a situation arise where the logs are different lengths, the team strongly suggests you to determine the average length of the logs concerned.
Some organizations might want to measure logs with the mixture of different lengths such as 3 m and 4 m, distinguishing those logs by the length. This would need an additional feature that is Timbeter’s QR code detection. If you want to read more about our functionality that detects QR code, click here. If you want to know more about it directly or request a demo, contact us.
#5 Logs in Shadows
What happens if some of the logs are covered by a shadow, and Timbeter does not detect these? Good question. Timbeter’s team suggests you to simply add the logs that were missing during the correction process.
It is easy to re-measure the existing measurement whether you are using the app or viewing your stored measurements in the Storage Module, our Web based platform.
#6 Can I Measure Cord Wood?
The final point of this article is regarding cord wood. Yes, you sure can. Using the pile density measurement option with the coefficient as one, set the depth (length) and obtain the result on the height and width.
To sum up, these above are the most common questions that Timbeter users raise. Something missing from the list? Then let’s discuss together over a call. Email us here to set up a call.