Advanced Technology

Research Presentations in Advanced Technologies

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Two of the largest components of the cost of wood when it is delivered to the mill are harvesting and transportation. These high costs directly impact forest landowners' bottom line by reducing the income they receive. Significant transportation costs and energy savings to the industry can be realized if a coordinated geospatial-technology-based harvesting and transportation approach is used. In such a system, it is possible to collect data on location and volume of trees as they are felled during the harvest. These data can be shared through the entire procurement and manufacturing chain to improve efficiencies. Example uses include optimizing the skidding or forwarding process using the product type and location data of logs on the ground, and optimizing trucking scheduling by knowing the inventory and location of logs harvested. Therefore research is being conducted to reduce harvesting and transportation costs using geospatial technologies and other newly developed technologies.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011