A new Transportation Scheduling module will soon be available for Remsoft Operations. The module adds capabilities for assigning fleets to road-side inventory, and creating delivery schedules from the unit to the mill.
Remsoft announced that a new Transportation Scheduling module will be available by mid-year for Remsoft Operations, the company’s cloud-based operational planning system for forestry.
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.
Centralising all harvest, delivery and destination information
Remsoft Operations centralises 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 organisations to view their plans on maps to simplify scheduling and identify efficiencies.
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.
Planners can define fleet capacity and the cycle-times between units and destinations, to 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.
Create optimised transportation schedules automatically
The ability to leverage Remsoft’s industry-standard optimisation models is an underlying strength of Remsoft Operations, enabling organisations to solve complex scheduling problems such as annual planning, log allocation, woodflow and crew scheduling. The new Transportation Scheduling module adds to this by allowing users to automatically create optimised transportation schedules.
As with all Remsoft Operations modules, collaboration support and automated variance tracking are built-in attributes. The results of transportation scheduling can be viewed across the organization with accessible graphs, dashboards and maps, and planned delivered volumes and revenues can be compared against actuals.
“Forestry supply chains are complex and dynamic,” says Jones. “Planners need to be able to compare different scenarios to help find the best path forward, view and analyse the impact of changes to the harvest and delivery schedules – and make adjustments. This is true for forest operations of all sizes, and Remsoft Operations, with its cloud architecture and modular design, can scale to any company’s needs.”