The virtual forest developed by Metsä Group, Tieto and CTRL Reality runs on all VR devices, and it can simulate different forest management methods and their impact on income and the landscape, for example. Nearly 2,000 forest owners have already tested Metsä Group and Tieto’s virtual forest. The solution can replace actual visits to the forest, and it helps to illustrate the impact of forest management activities, among others, to forest owners.
"Being the digital pioneer in its industry, Metsä Group built the first version of its virtual forest in autumn 2017. The version has been tested with forest owners ever since and, on the basis of feedback, we are developing the final version, which will be completed in autumn 2018," says Juha Jumppanen, senior vice president for member services at Metsä Group.
The virtual forest is a true VR experience, and it runs on all VR headsets, and also on mobile devices and in web browsers. In the service, users can move from one site to another, see what harvesting and forest management activities should be carried out each time, and run estimates on the income and costs of each activity.