Forest Research Institute Seminar Series - Forest Transport Payload Management in the Delivery of Efficient Forest Supply Chains - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Forest Research Institute Seminar Series - Forest Transport Payload Management in the Delivery of Efficient Forest Supply Chains

All welcome to join via Zoom Tuesday 27th July 9.30am - Meeting ID : 769 140 4965

The program will include a welcome and overview (5 minutes), the research presentation (20 minutes) and discussion (20 minutes).

Mark Brown

Mark is a research leader with nearly 25 years' experience in forestry industry applied research. His focus is on research implementation across the entire forest product and biomass supply chain.

As the director of FIRC, Mark's experience in partnership building and implementation is being applied with forestry and biomass collaborators internationally.

Mark has extensive international collaborations, playing leadership roles in an EU COST Action, IEA Bioenergy TCP and board roles with international journals.

Forest Transport Payload Management in the Delivery of Efficient Forest Supply Chains

This seminar will summarise a body of research that improves the understanding of the relative importance of strategic, tactical and operational decisions in effective payload management for efficient forestry supply chains.

The work is a consolidated overview of the relative importance of the three levels of payload management for efficient forestry transportation in Australia.

In looking at daily operational management of payload, widely available and utilised technology allows for very effective management of payload within legal GVW, while there is strong evidence that effective incentives for operators and accurate communication with in the operations as to what legal GVW is allowed are key to the ultimate outcome.

Tactical management around vehicle selection and tare weight was found to offer significant potential payload gains, even without pushing new untested technology and designs in the operations.

Pushing further into strategic management to increase legal GVW through innovative vehicle design, like options to reduce tare showed significant potential improvements in transportation efficiency. A long-term review of operations with a range of legal GVW and tare weight demonstrated a portion of the potential benefits unlocked by increased legal GVW and reduced tare weight but certainly not to the level that is identified in the potential and not with the consistency desired.

In short efforts at the strategic and tactical level are only realised with effective operational management and the benefits of good operational management can only be as good as the potential payload available within the legal GVW and tare weight.

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Please feel free to circulate this information with others that may be interested. The seminar series invitation is open to all​.

Questions? Please email mtucker1@usc.edu.au