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Articles and Technical Papers

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Optimize Your Optimizers (16 pages)
By Brad Turner, Vice-President, HALCO Software Systems Ltd.

Wood Supply-Chain Optimisation (13 pages)
By Brad Turner, Vice-President, HALCO Software Systems Ltd.

Application of Linear Programming to Forest Resource Planning (4 pages)
By Howard A. Leach, Founder

Linear programming (LP) is a widely-used method of determining optimum resource allocation in industrial operations. This paper describes the fundamentals of linear programming modelling and describes its application to forest resource planning. The procedure for model development is discussed, along with typical benefits from LP modelling and practical considerations for successful implementation of an LP model.

SAWSIM® and Linear Programming: A Case Study (6 pages)
Howard A. Leach, Founder

This paper discusses an actual application of SAWSIM® and Linear Programming to optimize the operation and resource allocation of a combined sawmill/pulpmill complex. The development of the model, along with the benefits realized from its application, are discussed.

Optimising Production to Satisfy a Market Requirement (8 pages)
By Alex Rapoport, General Manager, and Brad Turner, Vice-President, HALCO Software Systems Ltd.

This paper discusses application of linear programming techniques to optimize production in mills which must satisfy a strict product mix requirement.

Optimizing the Resource for Several Mills (8 pages)
By Howard A. Leach, Founder

This paper discusses optimizing the resource for several mills and products. It was presented at the Canadian Woodlands Forum Workshop, "Optimizing Softwood Log Quality".

Difficult Decisions
By Scott Jamieson
Published in the Canadian Forest Industries Magazine, April 2001

This is an article about an Operations-Wide Optimization project which was carried out by Weldwood of Canada for its Alberta operations in partnership with HALCO.

Optimization with a Highly-Constrained Product Mix (3 pages)
By Howard A. Leach, Founder

This article describes an optimization procedure that is suitable for a sawmill that manufactures a wide range of lumber products in volumes that are tightly constrained by market demands.

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