The EU project READiStrength is a cooperation between Austria, Germany and Sweden. We exploit current developments in roundwood characterization technology (X-ray CT scanning and traceability between round and sawn timber), as well as established methods (3D optical scanning, acoustic methods, discrete X-ray scanning) with the aim of developing combined strength grading scenarios for round and sawn timber.
A special focus is on the species fir and Douglas fir, which gain importance due to climate change. This will increase acceptance and use of underutilized softwood species in Europe and will improve the resilience and diversity of European softwood bioresources.
READiStrength is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue by Vinnova & Formas (Sweden), BMNT (Austria), BMEL (via FNR e.V.) (Germany). ForestValue has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020.