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The Log issue three (March 2009)

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From the front lines and back rooms: news highlights

image of harvester at workWelcome to the third issue of The Log, the newsletter of the CRC for Forestry’s Program Three: Harvesting and Operations. We have been very busy since the last newsletter wit­h more field work ramping up across Australia, the first three industry bu­lletins being published and three more being prepared, a very positive CRC for Forestry Annual Science Meeting, and another packed Program Coordinating Committee meeting. [Read more ...]

Profile: Martin Strandgard

Martin Strandgard profile-thumbMeet Martin Strandgard—a forester with 26 years experience working in government forestry businesses and at the University of Melbourne. He is one of the original members of the Pro­gram Three team, involved since the program began in 2005. His research work now focuses on the use of technology to improve productivity in mechanised harvesting systems. [Read more ...]

New Program Coordinating Committee members

Aidan Flanagan - thumbAidan Flanagan (pictured, left) replaces Sean Riley as Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) representatives for the Forest and Forest Industries Council (FFIC) in Tasmania. Ross Runnalls is the PCC rep for our new industry partner, VicForests. Andrew Widdowson is the PCC rep for ITC Limited. Andrew Wiggill, previously with ITC, is now with Great Southern and assists Justine Edwards with PCC responsibilities for that company. [Read more ...]

Snippets from Andrew Wye's trip to South America

tall trees - Andrew Wye - thumbLast year, Forest Enterprises Australia (FEA) sent Andrew Wye and Darryn Crook to look at harvesting and processing systems in Uruguay and Brazil. A highlight of the trip included seeing eucalypts with growth rates exceeding 35 cubic metres in mean annual increment (MAI)—something that Australian foresters very rarely see. Andrew Wye reports here on some of his observations on the harvesting and processing systems he encountered. [Read more ...]

'Focus on Forest Engineering': Mauricio Acuna attends conference in Uruguay

Uruguay conference - mauricio acuna - thumbIn November 2008, Mauricio Acuna attended the international conference ‘Focus on Forest Engineering’ in Uruguay. The objective of this conference was to contribute to the development of the forestry sector by promoting training and benchmarking and bringing together well-known professionals and researchers from internationally known companies and research programs. [Read more ...]

The good, the bad and the ugly: Loren Kellogg reflects on a year with Program Three

Loren Kellogg portrait thumbIn this article, Loren Kellogg reflects on his year with the program, particularly noting the program's strong connection with industry and other end users of the research; its healthy range of research projects, cutting-edge trials, and software development; its relevance in contributing to reducing operating costs and increasing product values; and its impressive line-up of collaboration with other leading international harvesting research organisations and visitors. [Read more ...]

Timbercorp trial uses shift-level data to explore productivity and cost of harvesting systems

Mauricio Acuna conference collecting - thumbA comprehensive set of trials investigating the main factors affecting productivity and costs of mechanised harvesting systems for varied stand conditions has begun in Western Australia. The trials will provide quantitative data to assist operations managers to match harvesting systems to plantations in WA. The first of these trials was based on the Timbercorp harvesting system. [Read more ...]

Study recommends strategies to improve estimates of bark thickness in radiata pine

Radiata pine logs - bark thickness - thumbA recent study of radiata pine bark thickness has identified three factors that determine errors in harvesters' estimations of bark thickness. Bark thickness is used to estimate underbark diameter which is critical to log volume and value calculations and optimisation.  Errors in bark thickness estimation can reduce harvesting returns through rejection of undersize logs and poor optimisation. This article gives a brief overview of several approaches that better predict bark thickness, and more detail will be reported in an upcoming industry bulletin. [Read more ...]

Program Three now finalising machine evaluation framework

Machine Evaluation Framework - Ernie Heidersdorf - thumbWe are moving into the finalisation and implementation phase of the machine evaluation framework that Mauricio Acuna and visiting researcher Ernie Heidersdorf have proposed for Australia, and ultimately, the Southern Hemisphere, to define standard performance measures for better control and understanding of forest operations, permit the exchange of information on a common basis and allow for the pooling of data from different sources. [Read more ...]

Course offers opportunity for professional development in forest operations

Forest Operations Course flyer image thumbMembers of the Program Three team are playing an important role in presenting, once again, the Forest Operations Course of the Master in Forest Ecosystem Science offered by the University of Melbourne. This course—offered from 22 June to 3 July 2009—is a perfect opportunity for industry partners to provide some professional development for their staff that will add value to their business. And it won’t take staff away from the front line for any more than two weeks! [Read more ...]

Three research bulletins available now and three more to come

research bulletins program 3 - thumbProgram Three is committed to rapidly distributing research results to our industry partners and to do this we have designed a new communications medium we call the ‘research bulletin'. Each bulletin provides a concise summary of a research trial, highlighting the major findings in a format that we believe busy operational managers will appreciate and hopefully read. We have distributed three bulletins so far, and three more are being prepared. [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, Tom Fisk, Martin Strandgard, Mauricio Acuna, John Wiedemann—if you have any questions about current or future activities, or would like greater detail on anything reported in this newsletter.