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Operations Research in Forestry and Forest Products Industry

  1. Sophie D'Amours1,
  2. Rafael Epstein2,
  3. Andres Weintraub2,
  4. Mikael Rönnqvist3

Published Online: 15 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms1044

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

How to Cite

D'Amours, S., Epstein, R., Weintraub, A. and Rönnqvist, M. 2011. Operations Research in Forestry and Forest Products Industry. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Université Laval, FORAC Research Consortium, Québec, Canada

  2. 2

    University of Chile, Department of Industrial Engineering, Santiago, Chile

  3. 3

    The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 FEB 2011

Abstract

Over the years, operational research (OR) has been used extensively to support the forest products industry and public forestry organizations in their respective planning activities concerning the flow of wood fiber from the forest to the customer. The planning decisions range from long-term strategic planning decisions related to forest management or company development to very short-term operational decisions, such as planning for real-time log/chip transportation or cutting. This chapter presents an overview of the different planning problems and explains how these are solved in the field of forestry using operational research.

Keywords:

  • forest management;
  • harvesting;
  • transportation;
  • routing;
  • supply chain management;
  • forest products industry;
  • production and distribution planning