NSW haulage firms trans­form timber haulage op­er­a­tions with Trim­ble Forestry’s lo­gis­tics so­lu­tion

Australian Forests and Timber - - Software -

In 2015, a con­sor­tium of three haulage con­trac­tors work­ing for Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion of NSW (FCNSW) com­mis­sioned a white pa­per study to bench­mark cur­rent haulage pro­duc­tiv­ity within their fleets.

The data was modelled to gain an in­sight into po­ten­tial ini­tia­tives that could in­crease fleet pro­duc­tiv­ity. The rec­om­men­da­tion was that a pos­si­ble in­crease of 4 – 7% on loaded run­ning could be achieved if they shifted away from a Har­vest and Haul op­er­a­tion, col­lab­o­rated and moved to­wards a Cen­tral Dis­patch model.

In 2016, FCNSW de­cided to award the haulage con­sor­tium the cartage for the en­tire hard­wood es­tate pro­vided they meet a num­ber of key ob­jec­tives for im­prov­ing the over­all sup­ply chain process. Th­ese were iden­ti­fied as:

• Vis­i­bil­ity - Real-time vis­i­bil­ity of the sup­ply chain al­low­ing for them and their stake­hold­ers to make in­formed and timely de­ci­sions

• Con­trol - Man­age­ment tools that al­low for more ef­fec­tive con­trol of the over­all process and its in­di­vid­ual parts

• Max­imise Value Elim­i­nate or min­imise el­e­ments of the process that lead to sub­op­ti­mal value re­cov­ery

• Stream­lined Data Man­age­ment - Min­imise over­head in man­ag­ing data re­quired for and de­rived from, the log sup­ply process, in­clud­ing pa­per­less E-ticket

• Proven Tech­nol­ogy - A part­ner with spe­cific do­main fo­cus and com­mit­ment to re­search and de­vel­op­ment, aligned with con­sor­tiums strate­gic ob­jec­tives for op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence

• Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity – The tools to ac­tively man­age the haulage fleets le­gal re­quire­ments un­der OH&S, Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Fa­tigue Man­age­ment rules

Trim­ble Forestry’s Wood Sup­ply Ex­e­cu­tion (WSX) sys­tem was de­ployed to man­age the Cen­tral Dis­patch op­er­a­tion and to en­sure the re­quire­ments of both the haulage com­pa­nies and the FCNSW were met.

Trim­ble’s WSX so­lu­tion is de­signed specif­i­cally for plan­ning and ex­e­cut­ing the wood­flow process for log har­vest and haulage op­er­a­tions. WSX fa­cil­i­tates tight con­trol over the up­lift and de­liv­ery of logs and pro­vides end-to-end vis­i­bil­ity of the timber sup­ply process, in­clud­ing web ac­cess and re­port­ing.

Dra­matic rise in ef­fi­ciency

In the first 12 months of the new op­er­a­tion, truck util­i­sa­tion and ef­fi­ciency in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly with the av­er­age per­cent­age of loaded kilo­me­tres in­creas­ing by up­wards of 10+%.

The flow-on ef­fect has been that the con­sor­tium has been able to con­trol haulage costs, move logs from bush to mill in a more timely fash­ion with the flow-on ef­fect al­low­ing FCNSW to cap­ture im­proved mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties by mov­ing a greater vol­ume of logs with fewer trucks. For the haulage con­trac­tors the im­proved pro­duc­tiv­ity of their fleets re­sulted in in­creased in­vest­ment into their op­er­a­tions and a more prof­itable busi­ness.

“The key rea­son for the pro­gram’s suc­cess was the way in which the haulage firms in­volved them­selves in the de­sign of the new lo­gis­tics service model in con­junc­tion with Forestry NSW, its cus­tomers and Trim­ble Forestry,” said Tony John­son, Sales and Dis­tri­bu­tion Man­ager for Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion of NSW.

Trim­ble Lo­gis­tics so­lu­tions em­pow­ered the con­sor­tium and FCNSW man­agers to re­spon­sively con­trol their fi­bre sup­ply op­er­a­tions to mit­i­gate risk, op­ti­mize pro­duc­tion, and in­crease ef­fi­ciency. Stake­hold­ers have im­proved their com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage within the mar­ket they op­er­ate, and im­prove the value of the un­der­ly­ing for­est as­set.

“It has be­come much eas­ier to bal­ance truck ca­pac­ity re­quire­ments when trucks might oth­er­wise have been parked or log­ging op­er­a­tions and mills could fall short of their up­lift or de­liv­ery needs,” said Lisa Hoff­man, Op­er­a­tions Man­ager for Hoff­mans Haulage Pty Ltd.

Spe­cific so­lu­tion

De­vel­op­ment of WSX has been driven by cus­tomers who are im­mersed in the forestry sup­ply chain chal­lenge. It has been specif­i­cally geared to sup­port th­ese stake­hold­ers to do their jobs, to track log pro­duc­tion and in­ven­to­ries and sched­ule log haulage fleets for up­lift and de­liv­ery to meet cus­tomer pri­or­i­ties.

The so­lu­tion not only in­cludes com­pre­hen­sive track­ing and alert­ing but a range of tools in­clud­ing proac­tive fa­tigue man­age­ment, and a cus­tomis­able OH&S suite. Th­ese have been de­signed to meet the Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity re­quire­ments of the Aus­tralian heavy trans­port in­dus­try while mon­i­tor­ing and re­port­ing, in real time, on a driver’s be­hav­iour and con­for­mance.

To­day, Trim­ble Forestry Lo­gis­tics pro­vide lo­gis­tics sys­tems and/or ser­vices for timber haulage op­er­a­tions de­liv­er­ing over 50 mil­lion tonnes an­nu­ally to fa­cil­i­ties in Aus­trala­sia, Europe and North Amer­ica. Cus­tomers range from haulage con­trac­tor co­op­er­a­tives to in­ter­na­tional forestry com­pa­nies.

In Aus­trala­sia - Trim­ble Forestry Lo­gis­tics is pro­vid­ing Cen­tral Dis­patch ser­vices to a num­ber of large forestry com­pa­nies and haulage com­pa­nies in­clud­ing con­sor­tiums of haulage con­trac­tors which op­er­ate un­der a range of lo­gis­tics mod­els (Har­vest and Haul to a fully man­aged Cen­tral Dis­patch service).

While each of the stake­hold­ers had a dif­fer­ent mo­tive for im­ple­ment­ing the Cen­tral Dis­patch Man­age­ment Sys­tem they all recog­nise the key ob­jec­tives that un­der­pin their abil­ity to plan, con­trol, and man­age their op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing;

• Con­trol up­lift and de­liv­ery op­tions by Con­trac­tor &/or Op­er­a­tion

• Com­pre­hen­sive web re­port­ing plat­form pro­vid­ing real time vis­i­bil­ity of op­er­at­ing met­rics (plan v ac­tual), to con­trac­tors and stake­hold­ers,

• Mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion for truck driver and/or loader op­er­a­tor on in-cab de­vice

• Pa­per­less E-ticket so­lu­tion that pro­vides trace­abil­ity for all users, in­te­grates with their en­ter­prise so­lu­tions and has a com­pre­hen­sive re­port­ing suite.

• In­te­grated In-Cab Tech­nol­ogy (ICTS) and Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity sup­port

Trim­ble Forestry of­fers land, for­est and fi­bre man­age­ment so­lu­tions that im­prove the pro­duc­tiv­ity and op­er­a­tions for some of the world’s most rec­og­nized in­te­grated for­est prod­uct com­pa­nies, for­est land own­ers, tim­ber­land in­vest­ment, con­ser­va­tion, state and fed­eral de­part­ments as well as in­ter­na­tional food pro­cess­ing com­pa­nies in­volved in en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic land man­age­ment.

The Con­nected For­est so­lu­tions man­age the full raw ma­te­ri­als life­cy­cle of plan­ning, plant­ing, grow­ing, har­vest­ing, trans­port­ing and pro­cess­ing. WSX is a key com­po­nent of the Con­nected For­est port­fo­lio.

The Con­nected For­est al­lows forestry busi­nesses to trans­form data and pro­cesses into strate­gic ac­tions that pro­mote new think­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tive in­dus­try ap­proaches and in­tel­li­gent work­flows.

■ Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion NSW log­ging site.

■ Hoff­mans Haulage ... ”eas­ier to bal­ance truck ca­pac­ity

■ 31 me­tre pole at South Grafton.

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