Woodlands and processing are not independent operations. To maximize profit they must be considered together when strategic plans and operating decisions are made. HALCO's WOODMAN™ system is a business model for operations-wide optimization of forest products operations, from the forest to the finished product. It is designed for any combination of harvesting operations, log purchases and sales, sawmills, panel plants, pulpwood and chip supply to pulp mills.
The system is used to develop scenarios that consider alternative:
As one can imagine the alternative possibilities are endless. HALCO has extensive expertise developing and supporting systems that can handle these big questions and the experience to assist clients make the most of such systems.
The system consists of the following components:
Typical Fibre Flow Diagram
The primary inputs to WOODMAN™ are:
Standing timber data (cruise, LiDAR etc.) or delivered log data (scale)
Woods and/or mill bucking practices
Min/max production volume constraints, by product or "product mix"
Current lumber/veneer/plywood and byproduct prices
Production rate and cost data, for all processing operations
From these inputs, WOODMAN™ produces reports that summarize:
Timber/log supply usage
Log allocation by facility
Key operating metrics of the processing facilities
Volume and value of finished products produced and sold