FPInnovations’ FPDat/FPTrak technology platform has provided significant efficiency gains to its many users across the country. To facilitate further penetration of the technology, particularly in northwestern Ontario, a region where large volumes of timber are harvested annually, the Ontario Centre for Research & Innovation in the Bio-economy (CRIBE) is supporting a showcase project developed in partnership with Domtar Inc. (Dryden division), FPInnovations, Lakehead University, and KBM Consultants (Thunder Bay).
The project will involve installing FPDat units in harvesting machines belonging to two of Domtar’s contractors and monitoring their performance improvement resulting from the implementation of the system. The project will also demonstrate for the first time the use of 2D and 3D anaglyphs (3D aerial photos) to provide the machine operators with enhanced information about the topography of the block that they are working in. The project will start this winter and continue into the summer. Workshops, site visits, and seminars to present the results are planned.
For more information, please contact Dean Caron, Industry Advisor Member Relations East, Forest Operations.