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CASE STORY Making the most of harvesting information Computers in timber harvesting machines This initiative has already provided significant the information was often only available these days have become so powerful that they gains in value recovery of sawlog products fortnightly or even monthly. mathematically predict the best combinations and will be extended to all plantation The third area identified longer term gains of logs that can be made from each tree before operations during the next 12 months. across the organisation though use of log the critical cuts are made. production and location data collected by theThe project identified three main areas of The machine operator is still in charge, but potential operational and financial gains. harvester head. the computer greatly assists the log making In the long run, this wealth of detailed dataThe first and initially biggest gain was ‘at the process. This involves the operator deciding will greatly assist Forests NSW to better planstump’ through the improved log making the optimal way to cut the tree in order to harvesting strategies and plantationsuggestions made by the new optimising obtain the best log yield. It makes the job of management to ensure the best use of the computers allowing the operators and the operator easier and more productive. State’s softwood plantation resource. machines to be more productive. Forests NSW is tapping into this Scandinavian The second area was at a regional technology and has made significant progress level. Forests NSW needs to ensure that during the past year through an ‘in-forest customers get the quantity and types of optimisation’ project that began in Tumut and logs they ordered. The new computer Bombala during 2011–12. technologies provide an important stream The aim of the project is to improve Forests NSW of information that can greatly assist Forests returns from harvesting its more than 200 000 NSW timber supply teams make better hectares of softwood plantation across the State. decisions and plans. More than 40 harvesting machines currently The supply teams can be informed what was work in Forests NSW softwood plantations, cut on a daily basis and react much more processing around 3.5 million cubic metres quickly to change cutting patterns to better yearly and the majority of these machines are match customer needs. Wastage is reduced now ‘in-forest optimisation’ capable. and customers better served. Previously, Photo: Forests NSW Image Library Native forest sustainability 2 000 000 100 80 1 500 000 Native forest available for harvesting (ha) Percentage 60 / Volume per hectare (m 1 000 000 40 3 /ha) 500 000 20 0 11–12 10–11 09–10 08–09 07–08 06–07 05–06 04–05 03–04 02–03 01–02 00–01 99–00 Native forest available Percentage of hardwood Average volume per for harvesting (ha) allowable cut hectare harvested (m3/ha) Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance 49


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