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Info-FORAC is a bilingual newspaper published once a year by the FORAC Consortium. It provides easy to understand information on current research projects and transfer activities set up by the Consortium.



Coordination: Julien St-Louis & Sophie Bélanger-LeBel
English review: Dwain Richardson
Graphics: Sphynx Pub Inc.

  • Production systems and the human equation
  • Estimating carbon mtrics with machine learning
  • Productivity benchmark for Quebec harvesting contractors
  • Wood log detection and localisation
  • Forest resource allocation in uncertain environments
  • Tactical log-truck scheduling and routing problem with queuing
  • Developping sorting and transportation strategies from forests to mills
  • Designing a cold room network to store packaged seedlings
  • Next-generation online training tool for forest logistics

INFO-FORAC-2022  – PDF 5.1 Mo

Coordination: Edith Brotherton & Sophie Bélanger-LeBel
English review: Dwain Richardson
Graphics: Sphynx Pub Inc.

  • Management tools for supply predictability
  • .Ktr file reader: evaluating the accuracy of measurement data
  • Stand-specific working methods for harvester operators
  • Monitoring and managing the performance of a forest entrepreneur fleet
  • Linear neural network assisted ecoforestry map production
  • Artifical intelligence supporting scalers: validating species of a load of wood
  • An optimization tool for lumber production allocation and distribution
  • Supporting research and building strong relationships with the industry: it's worth it!
  • Acceleration of debitage simulations using deviation analysis
  • Forest product demand analysis and forecasting tool
  • Optimizing the allocation of modes of transportation in the Kruger distribution chain
  • Collaboration for a control loop for a smart planer
  • Autonomous navigation of a forwarder
  • Strategic management of a log yard for coordination purposes

INFO-FORAC-2021  –  PDF 4.6 Mo

Coordination: Edith Brotherton & Sophie Bélanger-LeBel
English review: Aliké Harel
Graphics: Sphynx Pub Inc.

  • The new normal
  • Playing to better manage the industry logistical challenges
  • Training and skill monitoring heavy machinery operators with a digital twin
  • Characterization of wood piles at roadside
  • Identifying cost-effective harvest systems for fragmented forests
  • Automatic felling cut detection on trees
  • FORAC ID: A forestry data integration (and exploitation) platform
  • Multi-site reforestation value chain planning under uncertainty
  • Integrating spraying and harvesting planning during an outbreak of spruce budworn
  • Optimizing production allocation for a forest product value chain
  • Developing a decision-making tool for coordinated production and inventory management
  • Anticipating the production associated with debitting of a batch of logs
  • Retroaction loop for a smart planer

INFO-FORAC-2020  –  PDF 2.8 Mo

Coordination: Edith Brotherton & Sophie Bélanger-LeBel
English review: Aliké Harel
Graphics: Sphynx Pub Inc.

  • FORAC 4.0: Growing natural intelligence to support AI
  • Data acquisition for a smart planer
  • Configuring and operating a smart sawmill
  • Towards the automation of basic forestry operations
  • Backhauls and collaboration: impact on GHG emissions
  • Planning the biomass supply chain for a new biorefinery in Mauricie
  • Decision making in the forest value chain
  • Coordination and management tools for the forest value chain
  • Using more accurate and reliable frost depth data to improve transportation
  • Supply-production coordination tool for agile management under uncertainty
  • NSERC industrial chair for smart supply systems within the connected forest value chain
  • Improving wood supply system for a more competitive forest product industry
  • Increasing wood mobilization from private forests by coordinating production systems


INFO-FORAC-2019  –  Document PDF 3.2 Mo

Coordination: Edith Brotherton
English review: Aliké Harel
Graphics: Sphynx Pub Inc.

  • Building the future together… with FORAC 4.0
  • Forest supply chain design (Spruce budworn infestation)
  • Calibration of Ponsse H7 harvester head: efforts and benefits
  • Increasing the value-creation potential of strategic forest management plans
  • Forest companies pooling their production capacities
  • Improving the forest plants order and delivery process for reforestation
  • Improving wood supply predictability
  • Reducing transport cost with a better usage of transit wood yards
  • Roadmap for the wood yard 4.0: first steps toward an automated management system
  • Evaluating tactical-operational coordination mechanisms for sawmills
  • Integrated demand management approaches for the softwood lumber industry
  • Modelling forest logistics networks with a labour factor
  • Collaborative transportation: start within the company

INFO-FORAC-2018  –  PDF 9.9 Mo

Coordination: Edith Brotherton & Catherine Lévesque
English review: Aliké Harel
Graphics: Sphynx Pub Inc.

  • 1, 2, 3, ... 4.0, and GO!
  • Decision theatre approach for participatory planning
  • Saving transportation costs with backhauls
  • Evaluating production planning and order management strategies for sawmills
  • Collaboration and dynamic risk sharing in the forest supply chain
  • Planning of wood drying operations: a transfer success
  • Human-computer interaction to refine drying operation planning
  • Towards the design of a logistical centre common to several forest companies
  • Improving log yard performance
  • Development of a sustainable and balanced tactical forest management plan: a case study
  • Innovative logistic solutions for forest biomass procurement
  • Visual bark classification using deep learning
  • Collaborative forest procurement planning: the system-integrator

INFO-FORAC-2017  –  PDF 8.2 Mo

Coordination: Edith Brotherton & Catherine Lévesque
English review: Julia Power
Graphics: Sphynx Pub Inc.

  • Forest fibre network design: a case study in newfoundland
  • Benchmark and best practices guide for sorting/transit yards
  • Creating sustainable value through the introduction of new products
  • Designing a pilot plant for the biorefining of forest ressources
  • Automatization of spatialized data preprocessing
  • Real-time reoptimization of forest supply plans
  • Optimization of wood procurement: benefits and requirements
  • Anticipating lumber production for a better wood allocation
  • Overview of ongoing research initiatives in collaborative road transport
  • Assessing transportation strategies for carbon emission reduction
  • Should we increase agility or improve supply predictability?
  • Estimating the value creation of fibre supply using the annual allowable cut

Info-FORAC-2016  –  PDF 1,8 Mo

Coordination: Edith Brotherton & Catherine Lévesque
Graphics: Service de reprographie de l’Université Laval
English review: Julia Power

  • Development of the forest biomass sector
  • Woody biomass development in eastern québec
  • Bucking automation: productivity and quality
  • Maintenance management system for harvesting contractors
  • Shared value park and new business model
  • Improving wood yard performance
  • Annual allowable cut and real harvest rate
  • Science fair program
  • Fire and strategic forest planning
  • Kiln drying operation scheduling
  • Order acceptance policies for sawmilling industry
  • Decision support tool integrating environmental impacts
  • Foreseeing the products of sawmilling
  • Improving a hardwood flooring cutting process
  • Planning process for a multi-plant system

Info-FORAC-2015  –  PDF 1,3 Mo

Coordination: Catherine Lévesque & Tasseda Boukherroub
Graphics: Service de reprographie de l’Université Laval
Review: Catherine Savard and Julia Power

  • Agility: a necessity for competitiveness
  • Carbon, biomass and forest management planning
  • Supply strategies in a timber auction context
  • Biomass supply from disturbed forests
  • Science fair program
  • Network optimization: supply and transportation of wood chips
  • Planning tools: from theory to practice
  • Commercial spatial analysis tools development: methodology and framework
  • Evaluation of lumber market opportunities
  • Replanning production operations while minimizing perturbations

Info-FORAC-2014  –  PDF 813 KB

Coordination: Catherine Lévesque & Line Simoneau
Graphics: Marie-Pier Laliberté & Réjean Gariépy
Review: Julie Richard & Julia Power

  • Collaboration: reaping the rewards
  • An educational game in collaborative logistics
  • Control strategies for a forest supply chain
  • Procurement planning process performance
  • Carbon and wood products: obligations and opportunities
  • Technology transfer: scheduling of lumber finishing operations
  • Wood yard design

Info-FORAC-2013  –  PDF 272 KB

Graphics and coordination: Amélie Tremblay
Science fair coordination: Anis Ben Amor
Review: Julia Power

  • The times they are a-changin’
  • Dashboards: positioning for the future
  • Collaboration in wood transportation
  • Geographic information systems are here to stay
  • Science Fair program: FORAC 10th anniversary: ideas, concepts... RESULTS
  • Knowledge management and procurement planning
  • Anticipating fibre consumption in forest management planning
  • Optimization of forest and sawmills tactical planning

Info-FORAC-2012  –  PDF 409 KB

Coordination: Anis Ben Amor
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay & Marie-Pier Laliberté
Review: Phyllis Daly & Valérie Wulleman

  • Excellence, Networking, relevance and communication
  • Wood supply chains: description and evaluation
  • Combinatorial timber auction
  • Planning wood finishing operations
  • Science fair 2012 program
  • Designing bioenergy networks
  • LogiLab and SilviLab: Integrated forest management
  • Demand management in the softwood lumber industry

Info-FORAC-2011  –  PDF 339 KB

Coordination: Amélie Tremblay & Anis Ben Amor
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Phyllis Daly & Amélie Tremblay

  • Director’s Letter
  • Decision Framework for Investments and Production Strategies
  • Knowledge Management and Decision-Making Performance
  • Synchronization and Sustainability for Forest Industry
  • Science Faire 2011 Program
  • Decision Support Systems for Planning Operations
  • Strategic Planning for Bioenergy Industry
  • Downtime and Productivity in a Wood Planing Mill

Info-FORAC-2010  –  PDF 702 KB

Coordination: Amélie Tremblay & Jean-Roch Leclerc
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Phyllis Daly

  • The Forest Industry: What Solutions to the Crisis?
  • Study of Variation and its Financial Impact
  • From Standard Enterprise to Agile and Learning Entreprise
  • Strategic Re-Engineering of a Distribution Network
  • Science Fair 2010 Program: The Next Generation Forest Industry
  • Plan Harvesting in Order to Optimize the Forest Value Chain
  • Optimize One's Network With LogiLab: a Step Ahead for the Industry
  • Revenue Management in the Softwood Lumber Industry


INFO-FORAC-July-2008  –  PDF 155 Ko

Coordination: Amélie Tremblay
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Constance Van Horne & Phyllis Daly

  • To give industry ways to stand out
  • An efficient network to better serve the final customer
  • Meeting forestry challenges through innovation
  • Become a leader in a commodity market
  • Fitting our offer to demand
  • Procurement management: overcoming challenges!
  • Solutions adapted to your firm
  • Specialized software for lumber industry

INFO-FORAC-June-2008  –  PDF 356 Ko

Coordination: Marie-Josée Roy & Amélie Tremblay
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Constance Van Horne

  • Inter-enterprise collaborations and incentives
  • Managing revenue through supply chain management processes
  • Towards a more agile and learning furniture company
  • Adaptive planning agents
  • Collaboration in transportation: a business opportunity!
  • Sales & operations planning in a supply chain
  • Agent-based simulations for advanced supply chain planning
  • Creating and capturing value

INFO-FORAC-November-2007  –  PDF 291 Ko

Coordination: Mylène Lavoie
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Constance Van Horne

  • Science Fair 2007: a reflection on our research
  • Sharing territory, not always as easy as it sounds!
  • Simulate client demand for better decision making
  • The competitive advantage of mass customization
  • Science Fair program
  • The value of S&OP process in OSB industry
  • Transportation as a competitive advantage
  • Advertisements

INFO-FORAC-March-2007  –  PDF 546 Ko

Coordination: Mylène Lavoie
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Constance Van Horne & Pascale Plamondon

  • The Quebec furniture industry
  • Technology and entreprise agility
  • Sawmill production planning
  • Improving logistics in transportation
  • Study on allocation of manufacturing capacity
  • Some avenues for solutions for SMEs
  • Business development: structuring marketing for SMEs
  • To learn with the Web
  • It's moving at FORAC!
  • Planning  change, source of success
  • Integrated services offer
  • Advertisements

INFO-FORAC-November-2006  –  PDF 327 Ko

Coordination: Mylène Lavoie
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Constance Van Horne & Pascale Plamondon

  • Software solution for sawmill planning
  • A multi-behavior agent model for planning
  • Tool for jumbo rolls
  • Managing key business processes
  • Marketing research!
  • The changing face of the Extranet!
  • Internship at Anthony-Domtar
  • An example of synergy between internships and the SME program
  • MAIBEC : Adding value
  • Student News
  • Advertisements

INFO-FORAC-June-2006  –  PDF 338 Ko

Coordination: Mylène Lavoie
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Constance Van Horne

  • Investing in logistics to better manage costs
  • You are my best supplier!
  • Inter-Firm Collaboration
  • The value of collaboration in the OSB industry
  • FORAC Summer School - Presentation and Schedule
  • Analysing business models in the furniture industry
  • The mass customization in the furniture industry
  • FORAC/Q-WEB Conference
  • PARIM: Research Partnership in the Quebec furniture industry
  • Advertisements

INFO-FORAC-March-2006  –  PDF 884 Ko

Coordination: Mylène Lavoie
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Constance Van Horne

  • New challenges await FORAC researchers
  • Demand management for a network of sawmills
  • Experimental platform: testing and validation
  • What is tactical planning?
  • Distributed wood procurement planning
  • Word from the honorary president
  • Maintenance: a critical problem
  • Mass customization of prefabricated wood framing systems
  • Continuous improvement: an exemple of intervention
  • The CED–FORAC Partnership
  • Advertisements

INFO-FORAC-November-2005  –  PDF 438 Ko

Coordination: Mylène Lavoie
Graphics: Amélie Tremblay
Translation: Constance Van Horne

  • A new energy for 2007-2011
  • A potential solution for lumber trade dispute?
  • Markets and design of supply chains
  • From the forest to the furniture mills
  • Interns in action!
  • Always closer to SME
  • Statistics applied to forestry
  • Kruger
  • Advertisements

INFO-FORAC-June-2005  –  PDF 858 Ko

By Mylène Lavoie, Philippe Marier, Charles Pomerleau, Amélie Tremblay, Constance Van Horne

  • From vision to action
  • Advanced planning software solutions for sawmill
  • The value of innovative knowledge and innovation
  • FORAC research projects summary
  • Research diffusion: gauging our success
  • Science fair 2005
  • Bowater
  • Our team's profile
  • Upcoming conferences
  • News

INFO-FORAC-March-2005  –  PDF 1.81 Mo

By Mylène Lavoie, Philippe Marier, Charles Pomerleau, Amélie Tremblay, Constance Van Horne

  • Brazil: an eye opening experience!
  • Supply Chain flow planning integration
  • The Bullwhip Effect
  • Strategic planning model for pulp and paper industry
  • Summer School 2005
  • Vision 2015
  • Q-WEB/FORAC Conference
  • Regional Seminar "Client centered thinking"
  • New course: Applied statistics for forestry
  • Assistance for SMES
  • Shermag: in constant improvement
  • News

INFO-FORAC-November-2004  –  PDF 937 Ko

By Mylène Lavoie, Philippe Marier, Charles Pomerleau, Constance Van Horne

  • China: Attractive market or not?
  • FORAC Science Fair
  • Developing a value creation network: from fiber to paper
  • Synergy between internships and research projects
  • Summer and Fall 2004 internships
  • The Quebec Wood Supply Game: innovative and realistic
  • FERIC: New FORAC’s Technological Partner
  • News

INFO-FORAC-June-2004  –  PDF 1.13 Mo

By Mylène Lavoie, Hanen Bouchriha, Philippe Marier, Nadia Lehoux, Constance Van Horne

  • Hierarchical operations planning in the lumber industry
  • IKEA: A supply chain example in the forest product industry
  • Forest level bucking problem
  • For an improved management of the value creation network of the Quebec furniture industry
  • Optimizing sawmill operations in the case of pattern generation using price lists
  • Quality presentations at the FORAC Summer School
  • Robert Beauregard Profile (Associate Professor FORAC)
  • A winning strategy: focusing on the needs of our clients (DOMTAR)

INFO-FORAC-March-2004  –  PDF 666 Ko

By Mylène Lavoie, Hanen Bouchriha, Philippe Marier, Nadia Lehoux, Constance Van Horne

  • The Client: At the Center of our Thinking
  • Emerging Markets: New Clientele for the Lumber Industry
  • Demand Management: Synchronising Client Needs and Sawmill Production
  • Bullwhip Effect: The Impact on the Client
  • E-Marketing and Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Changing Client Requirements: Where do Shippers Turn for Long-Term Supply Chain Excellence?

INFO-FORAC-November-2003  –  PDF 340 Ko

By Mylène Lavoie, Hanen Bouchriha, Martin Cloutier, Philippe Marier, Line Simoneau, Nadia Lehoux, Constance Van Horne

  • Wood procurement planning in a multi-firm environment
  • Inter-enterprise collaboration and collaboration tools
  • Optimisation of forestry transportation routes
  • FORAC, more than just research
  • Forintek-FORAC: a partnership with synergy
  • The fall interships have begun!
  • Profile: Alain Martel
  • Visit by Mikael Rönnqvist
  • Visit to Chilli
  • Client centred thinking: a strategic decision
  • Did you know that?

INFO-FORAC-June-2003  –  PDF 316 Ko

By Mylène Lavoie, Hanen Bouchriha, Martin Cloutier, Philippe Marier, Line Simoneau, Constance Van Horne

  • The network: a prerequisite for value creation
  • Reorganising the value creation network
  • A winning synergy in the production of knowledge: the case of three FORAC Doctoral projects
  • Timber drying: aiding planning operations to increase profitability
  • Knowledge management, to better grow together!
  • Organising knowledge at FORAC
  • The CRIQ - a centre of expertise and innovation
  • Satellite seminars of the XII World Forestry Congress
  • FORAC summer school - A success!
  • Return from New Zealand
  • News

INFO-FORAC-March 2003  –  PDF 260 Ko

By Mylène Lavoie, Hanen Bouchriha, Sophie D'Amours, Philippe Marier, Alain Rousseau, Constance Van Horne

  • The FORAC objective: to generate value!
  • Survey on the state of e-business
  • Contract management: an important problem
  • Profile: Denis Brière
  • On-line training by FORAC: One more step towards knowledge
  • Experiment action platform
  • News