Knowledge transfer tools

DiagFor

DiagFor is short for Diagnostic for Forest contractors. It is an online questionnaire designed as a benchmarking and continuous improvement tool for forest contractors. This diagnostic tool is part of a personal and ongoing improvement process for contractors. It will enable you to compare your answers with the median of all other participating forest contractors.

DiagFor

ProCalc

With ProCalc, you can easily calculate the hourly cost of forestry machines, compare their productivity under different conditions or compare different harvesting systems on the same site, making it an indispensable tool for setting your next budgets!

ProCalc

FPJoule

Harvest residues are an important source of bioenergy.
The monetary value of the biomass depends partly on its heating value which is the amount of energy that can be obtained when burning. FPJoule calculates the amount of usable energy in the biomass.

FPJoule

FPGeoDesign

FPGeoDesign was developed as part of the research work of the transport and infrastructure group of FPInnovations in collaboration with members of the forest industry. Its objective is to guide users in the structural design and mechanical reinforcement of unpaved roads on subgrade soils with very low bearing capacity using the following geosynthetic materials. This tool is used to determine the required thickness of compacted aggregate when geosynthetic reinforcement is used and to make a comparative analysis between a reinforced section and an unreinforced section. The nature and properties of the subgrade soil and aggregate base course materials as well as the expected traffic are the main inputs to the tool. Different geosynthetic reinforcement options can be compared amongst each through simplified cost analyses. Several types of geosynthetics can be compared side by side.

FPGeoDesign

Small scale harvesting technology solutions

The objective of this compendium is to contribute to the improvement of knowledge and information about small-scale harvesting technology in British Columbia. The project also aims to provide unbiased information for forestry professionals and to strengthen entrepreneur’s ability to support innovative energy systems based on forest biomass by promoting technical, logistical and organisational improvements of small-scale biomass utilization.

Small scale harvesting technology solutions

Scoping the challenges of sustainable forest operations in soft soils

Maintaining continuous year-round forest operations while ensuring both sustainable and sound environmental practices can pose challenges, especially as the weather appears to become much more variable.

Scoping the challenges of sustainable forest operations in soft soils

Tutorial on Best practices to ensure the quality of processed logs and data from on-board computer

This learning tool brings together a wealth of useful information in one place in the form of videos, photos and simple examples on the following topics:

  • Main components of processor and harvester heads: their purpose, inspection and maintenance.
  • Operating mode of on-board computers and parameter adjustments.
  • Concepts of error in diameter, length and volume as well as some of their causes.
  • Control measurement methods
Tutorial on Best practices to ensure the quality of processed logs and data from on-board computer

Maintenance strategies for contractors

This tool presents the different basic principles surrounding a forestry machinery maintenance strategy: planning, purchasing of parts and replacement, repairs and improvements, training of work teams, etc.

SMART DRIVER FOR FORESTRY TRUCKS

To help forest truck drivers reduce their fuel consumption, the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada, in collaboration with FPInnovations, created the “SmartDriver” online training program. This course includes five modules and is a review of driving techniques that save fuel and ensure safety and environmental sustainability.

A tree planter’s guide to reducing Musculoskeletal disorders – For Eastern Canada

A guide for tree planters in Eastern Canada. It includes information on MSD risk factors, signs and symptoms of MSDs, and warm-up and injury prevention exercises.

VIRTUAL TOUR: FOREST GENOMICS: FROM SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

Learn about the production of spruce plants through genomic selection, as well as the operational gains and research behind this innovation. This tour contains six scenic stations, 35 tooltips and 9 video vignettes.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Long-term research site – Shelterwood systems adapted to black spruce boreal forests

This is the first research site that shows shelterwood cutting in black spruce and that has modalities adapted to mechanized operations. It answers an important question in boreal silviculture: can we find solutions to total cutting in order to respect other forest uses? This tour contains six panoramic stations, 32 tooltips, and 9 video clips.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Eastern white cedar silviculture

View the stations in 360-degree mode and move horizontally and vertically within the panoramas in search of written or video information capsules. You can also move from one station to another either by using the map in the interface or by following the steps in the forest. This tour is the result of the last workshop that took place in the East Brompton region of the Beauce.

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