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The Log issue four (Nov 2009)

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Research Programme Three: Harvesting and Operations
Issue four-  November 2009 e-newsletter
The Log - practical forest harvesting improvements

From the program leader, Mark Brown ...

The Log intro - forest workers As we continue to go from strength to strength in the program, there is no shortage of progress to share with you in this latest edition of The Log. In this article, program leader Mark Brown explains some recent personnel changes in the program, gives an update of research progress, and introduces the main articles included in this edition ... [read more]

Profile: Damian Walsh, Research Fellow

Damian Walsh Damian Walsh recently joined the Program Three 'Harvesting and operations' research team within the CRC for Forestry as a Research Fellow with the University of Tasmania, based at Melbourne University's Burnley Campus. In this profile article, Damian introduces himself—outlining his background as well as commenting on some opportunities and challenges he sees in his new role ... [read more]

News from Canada and Sweden

Elmia Wood In June 2009, Research Fellow Martin Strandgard visited FPInnovations and Corner Brook Pulp and Paper in Canada to explore onboard systems for operations management, and visited Sweden to discuss improving harvester measurement accuracy with Skogforsk and to explore the equipment on show at the largest forestry trade fair in the world, Elmia Wood (pictured, left).  [read more]

Forest logistic system for the Australian forest industry

log truck - thumbWith the support of ITC Limited, Research Fellow Mauricio Acuna has recently completed the operational version of a Windows-based forest logistics system called FastTRUCK, which optimally schedules logging trucks. The second version of this support system is now being tested by all Program Three industry partners and an extended version is planned based on industry feedback ... [read more]

Western Australian machine evaluation studies

machines in the field In this article, John Wiedemann updates us on the results coming out of his extensive observational studies of machine performance in specific operating conditions, and how these studies are coming together to provide a broader perspective on productivity. With over 60 field studies complete, useful machine performance relationships are emerging ... [read more]

Bulletins: latest off the press ...

research bulletins program 3 - thumbTwo new bulletins have been released since the last issue of The Log. Evaluation of an in-field chipping operation in Western Australia by Mauricio Acuna, John Wiedemann and Martin Strandgard (April 2009) and Effects of different stocking densities on harvesting of blue gum stands in Western Australia by Mauricio Acuna, John Wiedemann and Ernie Heidersdorf (June 2009) ... [read more]

Have your say

We welcome your comments on issues in The Log and please contact Program Manager Mark Brown if you would like to contribute to future editions. Please always feel free to contact any of the 'Harvesting and operations' program team members—Mark Brown, Martin Strandgard, Mauricio Acuna, John Wiedemann, Damian Walsh—if you have any questions about current or future activities, or would like greater detail on anything reported in this newsletter.