Climate change poses challenges for logistics – EUR 4.5 million funding for the LEVITOI pro-ject

Published: 4 February 2022 at 08:00 :: Press Releases

Business Finland has granted EUR 4.5 million funding for the LEVITOI project coordinated by Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Climate change is changing operating conditions outside the road network worldwide. For example in Finland, rising temperatures and increasing rainfall are weakening the bearing capacity of the soil. New technological solutions are needed as the volume of logistics in agriculture and forestry grows globally. The LEVITOI consortium is exploring new machine and equipment solutions to overcome the logistics and handling challenges of primary production. 

The field studies and experiments of the LEVITOI project investigate the feasibility of technical alternatives and their effects on productivity and operational capacity in the changing conditions of primary production. In addition project will explore new ways to identify and manage soil changes caused by vehciles and machinery. The research results will help companies utilize simulation and modeling to develop new products and also more broadly in their business.

– The LEVITOI project strengthens Finnish know-how in agricultural and work machine technology, especially the ability to bring new and tested products to market quickly. The results of the project will be used in our NUVE-LAB research environment to test machines operating on low-bearing soils under conditions similar to the final operating environment, says Jukka Säkkinen, Development Manager and Director of the NUVE-LAB Research Group at Oulu University of Applied Sciences. NUVE-LAB is R&D environment for energy-efficient and autonomous utility vehicles.

Nokian Heavy Tyres Ltd, part of the Nokian Tyres Group, is involved in this project researching the performance and potential of its advanced smart tires among agriculture, forestry and heavy transport end uses. 

– In this project, our special interest is in soft terrains such as fields and forest floors, and in identifying the special features of these terrains. The information obtained through the smart tire can play a significant role in preventing excessive soil compaction and possible damages both in the forest and on unpaved roads, says Mika Haapalainen, Development Manager at Nokian Tyres.

Nokian Tyres plc, Sampo-Rosenlew Oy, Junkkari Oy, West Coast Roadmaster Oy, Mevea Oy, Metsäteho, Pro-Agria, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology and University of Oulu are participating in the LEVITOI project.

More information:
Jukka Säkkinen
Development Manager, Oulu University of Applied Sciences
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+358 50 595 7951 

Mika Haapalainen
Development Manager, Nokian Tyres plc
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+358 40 159 4559