Transportation scheduling for Remsoft Operations

Friday 24 Apr 2020

Remsoft has announced that a new Transportation Scheduling module will be available by mid-year for Remsoft Operations, the company’s cloud-powered operational planning system for forestry. The new module adds capabilities for assigning fleets to road-side inventory, and creating delivery schedules from the unit to the mill.

Launched in 2018, Remsoft Operations targets coordination challenges across forest operations planning and scheduling. Key among these are lack of visibility into critical and connected planning activity - roads, harvest, transportation, wood flow, inventory and contract management - and the fragmentation of planning information which resides in separate spreadsheets, schedules and systems, making it difficult to source and share data to drive time-sensitive decisions.

Remsoft Operations centralizes and makes all harvest, delivery and destination information instantly accessible via an intuitive and web-based interface, creating a unified view of the forest supply chain that supports collaborative, real-time planning and scheduling. Integration with Esri’s ArcGIS web platform drives the value of spatial analytics across forestry operations, enabling organizations to view their plans on maps to simplify scheduling and identify efficiencies.

“Hundreds of global users, across different teams, are now actively planning and scheduling with Remsoft Operations, and the system is being used to manage thousands of harvest units and several millions of tons of fibre,” said Doug Jones, Remsoft Senior Vice President, Client Solutions and Innovation. “It’s been exciting to see our vision become reality and the addition of Transportation Scheduling takes us one step further towards digital enablement and modernization of the forestry supply chain.”

The new Transportation Scheduling module builds on the powerful crew scheduling and allocation planning functionality within Remsoft Operations, enabling transportation planners to assign fleets to roadside inventory and create delivery schedules from the unit to the mill.

With the ability to define fleet capacity and the cycle-times between units and destinations, planners can create transportation schedules that accurately display both the daily product volume expected at a mill and the number of days it will take a transportation fleet to complete a delivery assignment.

Detailed haul costs can be tracked to allow planners to balance and compare the financial impact of transportation and delivery decisions, providing managers with a better understanding of the impact of transportation on the overall profit margin for a harvest unit.

Remsoft will be presenting as part of the HarvestTECH 2020 – Wood Transport series that is still being planned to run for both the Australian and New Zealand industries once the COVID-19 situation becomes clearer.

Source: Remsoft

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