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The objective of timber evaluation is to determine the maximum price that should be paid for timber and where a particular timber supply fits into the overall supply picture.
The procedure is to cruise the timber, or to use cruise data for similar stands, and then to determine the value of the products that will develop, less the harvesting, hauling costs and conversion costs. The analysis may be applied to a single stand, or to a group of stands such as a timber sale or cutting permit.
HALCO's WOODMAN™ system may be used to simulate the bucking (i.e. cross-cutting) of the stems in the woods and at the mill, and the processing through to end products at the conversion facilities. A report is produced showing the mix of products that can be produced, the harvesting, hauling and conversion costs, and a corresponding financial projection.
Since the conversion facilities will normally be run on a mix of timber supplies that have been acquired over a period of time, WOODMAN™ policy runs may be made first, to determine the optimum operating policies to be used when the timber is processed, and where the bottlenecks in the processing are expected to occur for a given mix of timber supplies.
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