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Title: Timber harvesting within a supply and value chain optimization context
Author: Motsa, Cornelius
Subject Keywords Supply chain;Value chain optimization;Operative planning perspective;Timber harvesting;Primary transport;Secondary transport
Issue Date: 2011-04
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-07-20
Series/Report no. University of British Columbia, Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses, 2010 winter session, FRST 497
Abstract: In the forest sector, the supply chain starts with growing stock and proceeds to single or multiple series of transformation. Value chain optimization is an approach that maximizes value across the entire supply chain (Karlsson, Ronnqvist and Weintraub, 2007). The chain starts with raw material (standing timber), where physical activities have been implemented to get the raw material to different markets. This paper aims to discussing forest supply chain from an operative planning perspective within forest operations: timber harvesting, primary transport, and secondary transport to various markets. Short-term planning (harvesting and distribution) needs to become integrated with sawmilling planning and production. In order to optimize value across the entire supply chain, it is crucial to realize that timber harvesting operations have a major influence on the value being optimized. Arguably, for a holistic supply and value chain optimization, harvesting operations should be aimed at value maximization in consideration of the entire supply chain. The real challenges in forest harvesting supply and value chain optimization are bucking, production and logistics planning.
Affiliation: Forestry, Faculty of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/36214
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Undergraduate

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