Roundwood Scaling

Roundwood scaling is the operation which allows to know with accuracy the volume of wood content in the millions of trees harvested (annually), both in public and private forest.

The data issued from roundwood scaling is extremely important in forestry.
For example, that information is essential for:

  • ensure the respect of forest sustainability.
  • establish the governmental royalties for wood harvested in the public forests by the guaranteed supply holders.
  • establish the volume and price of wood bought at the time of the auctions carried out by the wood marketing office (BMMB).
  • remunerate forest workers.
  • manage a forestry company: cost of wood supply, mill yield, financial results, etc..

In addition, over the years, wood scaling is subject to standards and tools more and more complex. Several good reasons explains this increasing complexity :

  • the existence of several precise methods of scaling, created in order to better adapt to the multiple contexts of the forest operations and the wood auctions.
  • for reasons of effectiveness, the scaling methods integrate very sophisticated statistical techniques of sampling.
  • always for reasons of effectiveness, but also in order to respect the requirements of the government, the scaling operations involves use of computer tools (hand held computer, data transmission via Internet, etc).

The importance and complexity of roundwood scaling are thus two very good reasons for a company to develop reliable procedures for scaling and performed by a competent staff.

You can contact the roundwood scaling team at the following email: