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MODELLING FOREST GROWTH AND OPTIMIZE TIMBER HARVEST UTILIZING MICROCOMPUTER…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
17349
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
17349
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Maclean Consultants Limited
Po Box 655 637a N. Superior Road Houghton, MI 49931
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: MODELLING FOREST GROWTH AND OPTIMIZE TIMBER HARVEST UTILIZING MICROCOMPUTER BASED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMSTECHNOLOGY.
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $48,866.00
 

Abstract:

THE FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY HAS MADE USE OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS), FOREST GROWTH AND YIELD MODELS (FGYM), AND TIMBER HARVEST OPTIMIZATION ROUTINES (THOR) FOR MANY YEARS. HOWEVER THE PRIMARY DEVELOPMENT OF THESE TECHNOLOGIES HAS BEEN PROPRIETARY, LIMITED TO CERTAIN GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY, AND/OR RESTRICTED TO USE ON MAINFRAME COMPUTERS. LIMITED PUBLISHED RESEARCH IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTEGRATION OF THESE VALUABLE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES. THE PROPOSED PROJECT INTENDS TO DEVELOP A HIGHLY INTEGRAGED PACKAGE THAT WILL ALLOW THE FOREST MANAGERTO USE FOREST STAND INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN A GIS AS INPUT INTO A FGYM. SPATIALLY ORIENTED PROJECTIONS OF FUTURESTAND VOLUME WILL BE CREATED FOR INCORPORATION INTO THE GIS. THE PROJECTIONS WILL ALSO BE USED AS INPUT INTO A THOR. THE OPTIMIZATION ROUTINE WILL GIVE THE FOREST MANAGERTHE ECONOMICALLY OPTIMUM AND SCHEDULING SOLUTION THAT MEETS MILL, HARVESTING EQUIPMENT, AND PERSONNEL CONSTRAINTS. THISPACKAGE WILL BE MICROCOMPUTER BASED AND RELY ON THE ERDAS "GISMO" GIS MODELLING LANGUAGE. INITIAL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENTWILL FOCUS ON THE GREAT LAKES REGION. THE PROGRAM ARCHITECTURE WILL BE ROBUST, THUS PERMITTING EXPORT TO OTHERFOREST REGIONS AND TO AGRICULTURE.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Gordon A. Maclean
President
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Maclean Consultants Limited
Po Box 655 637a N. Superior Road Houghton, MI 49931

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No