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NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS RISING STARS: concepts or ideas submitted by young talents (aged 30 or less)
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forestsense is a systemic concept for improved understanding and intervention in forests.

due to the consequences of climate change, the situation of the forest is deteriorating so rapidly that foresters on their own have hardly any control. software could already improve operational management today, would enable more sustainable interventions and the application of artificial intelligence. for this purpose, a system for collecting and analyzing data was developed, which simultaneously enables data recording and allows a connection between the real and the digital world.

What is the geographical scope of your concept/idea?
Does your concept/idea address mainly urban or rural issues?
Mainly rural
Does your concept/idea refer to a physical transformation of the built environment or other types of transformations?
It refers to a physical transformation of the built environment ('hard investment')
Has your concept/idea benefited from EU programmes and/or funds?
Has your concept/idea won an EU prize?
How did you hear about the New European Bauhaus Prizes ?
Word of mouth (colleagues, friends …)
On whose behalf are you submitting the application?
As an individual
Please provide a summary of your concept/ idea

the high complexity of the work led me to summarize the project in a short two minute video. the video helps to understand the project quickly:


due to the consequences of climate change, the situation of the forest is deteriorating so rapidly that foresters on their own have hardly any control. 
software could already improve operational management today and would enable more sustainable interventions and the application of artificial intelligence in the future. however, in order to be able to record and utilize data in the forest, an interface is needed that supports foresters in their everyday work.
for this purpose, a platform was developed that has sensors that create an image of the forest through three-dimensional data and color values. furthermore, spectral sensors enable the forester to detect diseased trees at an early stage. the sensors also establish a connection between the forest and the smartphone, on which data can be evaluated and decisions can be made.
the platform was enclosed in an aluminum extrusion that provides additional protection for the sensors and, with its robustness, is easy to integrate into everyday work. a gimbal enables autonomous data collection.

Please indicate the main themes of your concept/idea with 5 key words
Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of environmental sustainability (including circularity) and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

the system should provide a better understanding of the forest and its developments. immediately, the work in the forest would become more effective, which would, for example, provide more speed of reaction in case of beetle spread. in the future, developments of whole forests could be monitored and controlled in a better and more sustainable way.
the development of these processes does not happen from one day to the next. the forestsense system first takes over the work of data collection, then the evaluation of the data step by step, which enables the forester to make better decisions. if enough data and decisions are collected, machine learning can be used to better control the effectiveness of the decisions.
important in this approach is that the integration of the system is done slowly and sustainably and no hasty decisions are made. it should be used to support the forester's work not as a substitute. thus, from the beginning only an improvement of the work is possible no deterioration.
in the development of the physical platform, special attention was paid to slow durability and robustness in for the working environment, for which the metallic outer shell was used in particular. for improved usability (weight, size, integration of functions), the rest was made of plastic, which could be screwed together. 
the main part of sustainability, however, is not expressed in the physical product, but in the processes it enables. the recording allows for more effective, precise and sustainable intervention in the developments of the forest.

Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of aesthetics and quality of experience beyond functionality and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

for formfinding of the work another video was created that briefly explains why decisions were made:


during the development of the form, the forester as user was in the foreground. user-friendliness is particularly important for the effectiveness of the application, as the system is aimed at a market that has so far only worked digitally to a limited extent. at the same time, the device should integrate into everyday work both functionally and aesthetically. therefore, an outer shell made of an aluminum extrusion was chosen, which makes the device very robust and less vulnerable to scratches due to the uncoated raw material. furthermore, the expensive sensors and batteries are well protected. for the inner molded parts, a pp plastic was chosen that allows more freedom of shape and enables the integration of receptacles and other functions. the battery in the rear part of the device forms a soft surface that is comfortable to hold, even for longer periods of time. nevertheless, battery is well protected and removable.
in the overall impression, the device may well have a more upscale feel, due to the more expensive sensors. likewise, high precision, good everyday usability and strong robustness should be expressed by the look.

Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of inclusion (equal opportunities, public participation, citizen engagement, co-design, universal design, accessibility, affordability, etc.) and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

the system's use could have an impact on the forest industry as a whole, which largely affects our environment and therefore affects us all, so implementing the system would provide many people with a healthier environment.
furthermore, data collected with the devices could be made open source available to the general public. this would allow research and other foresters to benefit from the results of the platform.
the physical design of the device is very much oriented towards forest use and therefore allows for gloves, for example. the interface for the smartphone makes it possible to use devices from different companies and additional covers make the device usable for left-handed people as well. 
the software and hardware have been kept as simple and easy to understand as possible to make it easier for people who have been working with analog devices to get started. for example, care has been taken to ensure that even smaller hands can easily reach all the functions on the display.

Please explain how these three dimensions would be combined in your concept/idea.
Please highlight how this approach can be exemplary

during the development of the work, there were many contradictions that had to be united. the biggest problem that had to be overcome was the unification of the digital work with the real world. the reason for the low diffusion of digital tools in forest work is the poor unification of the complex environment with the abstracted digital interface. for this purpose, a kind of remote control was developed, with the capabilities of data acquisition and data evaluation. the use of this interaction platform is as intuitive as possible, so that it can be adapted by a previously very analog work field. 
the high complexity of the forest, actually also requires a high complexity of functions within the software. on the other hand, this complexity should be reduced as much as possible to make the work as easy as possible. this reduction has been done in the shown app as much as possible.
in addition, it can be said that the complexity can increase over time, since the evaluation of the data by machines also allow intelligent suggestions, which would then allow a higher complexity but also simple usability.

Please highlight the innovative character of the concept/idea as compared to mainstream practices in the field of the concept/idea.

to a large extent, the work to date has been done in analog form. often, analog maps are still used by foresters and notes and descriptions are archived on memos. in addition, there are different ways of documenting the data, which makes it even more difficult to pass on to employees or successors. furthermore, it is very difficult to evaluate or share the analog data.
the surveying of forest areas is partly done with minimal digital tools. in a comparative study, it took 11 hours to survey a 500m^2 forest area. with the 3d scanner and the cameras, this would be done on the fly, so it would take a fraction of the time. since the raw data is then available digitally, it could also be evaluated much faster and later access or a different evaluation is possible afterwards.
all in all, the system would create a whole new, much more efficient way of working, which could make the entire field of work much more economical.

Please detail the general plans that you have for the further development, promotion and/or implementation of your concept/idea.

the elaboration of the project includes many substeps that would follow later in real development. the easiest and most effective way would be to prototype and test the software side. i have already done first tests with 3d scans with worse sensors, an evaluation of the data that would lead to relevant results is next.
i think in the continuation of the project it would be interesting to first check and complete the digital applications in the forest. the hardware side could then be adapted in this or a form later to the results of the data application.

Imagine that your idea/concept is awarded in the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2022. What kind of initiatives would you take throughout the following year (June 2022- June 2023)

since the beginning of my product design studies, i was always afraid about the relevance of my work and projects. but during this project, i found out that new things can be created by looking at many areas that converge in design. through the intensive research and discussion, i am very sure about the relevance and applicability of the concept. conversations with experts from many areas have strengthened my opinion.
i think that the concept has the potential to be used in this way or in another form. in the next step, i would like to get in touch with more people from the industry to discuss further steps and make improvements. the new european bauhaus prize could help a lot in terms of attention and credibility.

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