Using the Patchworks multiple-product to multiple-destination functionality, transportation issues can be addressed in conjunction with harvest allocations.

Road Planning and Design

The Patchworks software’s road planning and design capabilities implement a unique multiple-product to multiple-destination road layout procedure that fits seamlessly within the strategic and operational planning frameworks. Use Patchworks to consider road costs and road access development while simultaneously exploring long-term ecological, social and economic sustainability.

How Does It Work?

Forest products are flexibly defined and may vary by factors such as management treatments, piece size, or species type. Destinations are geographically located, and each may accept various combinations of product types (e.g. hardwood saw mills, conifer pulp mills, etc). Forest stands are connected to mill destinations by a network of candidate road segments. The Patchworks model selects the treatments, timings and locations, and also chooses the active road configuration which would allow wood to move from roadside to mill. As forest products are forwarded to destinations the model tracks road construction, maintenance and hauling costs.

Setting up a road model is easy with our data preparation tools. Once the road model is developed, road transportation and product delivery goals can be added in combination with other economic or environmental goals in order to realistically portray the issues and logistics facing the woodshed.

As an analyst or planner you can:
  • Use this framework to analyze the interrelationship between access and delivered wood costs or other indicators of sustainability.
  • Determine the limits of economic accessibility and locate economically isolated stands.
  • Calculate road densities and develop long-term plans for roadless areas.
  • Set quotas by product or destination, or use a net present value analysis to determine the balance that provides the best returns.