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The Log - Issue four - From the program leader, Mark Brown

The Log image - forest workersAs 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.

As you are all no doubt aware (as much by his great work in the early days of his new role at Private Forests Tasmania, PFT, as by his absence with the CRC for Forestry), Tom Fisk has moved on to take up the CEO position with PFT. While Tom is certainly missed, we look forward to working with Tom in his new role to further improve our engagement with industry and land-owners. Tom’s departure has led us to adjust responsibilities: Mark Brown has taken on industry engagement responsibilities across the CRC for Forestry, and Damian Walsh has joined Program Three. Damian will be a great addition to the team, and details of Damian’s background are included in the profile article in this newsletter.

On the research side, good progress has been made on all the active projects, and the Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) gave positive feedback on the update delivered to them earlier this month. Of note, during the PCC meeting in Mt Gambier, both FastTRUCK (truck schedule optimiser) (see article in this edition) and ALPACA (machine productivity and costing model) were released after initial industry feedback. In addition to the program update, participants also visited two harvest operations implementing optimisation to look at the benefits and challenges of the two approaches.

In this edition of The Log:

  • Martin Strandgard provides details of his study visit to Canada and Sweden exploring onboard systems for operations management, and he updates us on his meetings with StanForD about the Australian need for more effective implementation [read more]
  • Mauricio Acuna gives us a first look at FastTRUCK for optimised truck scheduling, which was released to the PCC this month for initial testing and industry feedback [read more]
  • John Wiedemann updates us on the results coming out of his extensive observational studies, and how these are coming together to provide a broader perspective on productivity [read more].

All of us in Program Three look forward to keeping up the momentum, and we hope to hear from you soon with your questions, if we don’t get to cross paths in the field first!


Mark Brown

Program Leader, Harvesting and Operations
Tel: 03 5321 4188
mwbrown@unimelb.edu.au