From log to LOGR, tracking logs in real-time

29 January 2021

The evolution of forestry practices has greatly evolved over the last decade. One of the leaders in innovation is SFM Environmental Solutions, a leading provider of independent plantation management across Australia. SFM has implemented a new software platform that has elevated their chain of custody tracking giving their customers peace of mind- in real time.

LOGR is a haulage and weighing solution that simplifies tracking of trucks through its mobile app, eliminating the use of paper dockets and data entry allowing data to be shared with forestry companies, its contractors and customers, instantly. LOGR consists of a cloud-based administration dashboard and companion mobile app for drivers transporting timber, and a solution suite that assists in the management of transporting forestry products from collection to delivery.

SFM’s Finance Manager and Production Coordinator Tammy Price was the lead on implementing the new technology and says the new software solution has transformed the way they look at their supply chain.

“LOGR replaces the old paper docket system so all interested parties can keep track of what’s being harvested and transported. A driver creates a docket at the start of their route and real-time figures and data are made available along their route, all the way to their final destination. We can see how many trucks we have on the road at any given time, where they are and what they’re carrying,” explains Price.

Having the software built into their existing database by a local design company, Price says it’s been a smooth and speedy transition. “We’ve been using LOGR for six months, and the access to real-time data has been a huge benefit to us and our customers. We’ve eliminated all paper so the issue of not being able to read handwriting, losing dockets or confusion around payments has been eliminated. Before, it could have taken almost a half a month for processing and now it can be completed within a day,” says Price.

Being able to track each truck has also help improve their chain of custody. “Our chain of custody is much more rigorous now. We can tie down any information that we’re after with the click of a button. If someone wants to know where a truck is or what roads they took to get to their final destination, we can track that.”

While SFM is new to using this technology, Price says the industry only continues to adapt and change as new technologies become available. “I think that there are a number of forestry businesses that are going to start to go down this kind of path, using systems that allow for data to be collected in real-time. It really is the way forward.”

LOGR is one of a number of innovative automated measurement, log scaling and tracking systems that have been developed and implemented by leading Australasian forestry companies and some of the larger international forestry operations which will be detailed as part of the upcoming HarvestTECH 2021 on 13-14 April. Full details can be found on the event website. Please also note, that live virtual or on-line live options for the event are being offered for the first time to forestry, harvesting and log haulage companies from outside New Zealand.

Source: Tasmanian Timber