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New log supply chain software reduces environmental footprint BY SANDRINE MARRASSÉ | PHOTOGRAPHY TIM CUFF

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ou may find it ironic that a forestry company has implemented a new system designed to eliminate paper, but that’s exactly what Nelson Forests’ newest software system is all about. Innovation and technology are at the forefront of modern forestry and the latest clever business application by Nelson Forests is a great example of that, and a first in New Zealand. The software is the brainchild of Rotorua-based company, Trimble.

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“We thought, goodness, we can get on a plane and fly from here to Australia without a paper ticket, why can’t we move a truckload of logs?” NIG EL BRABYN

“The way we’ve done things forever, is that every load of logs that gets shifted out, every time you see a truck coming out of the forest, there has been a paper docket associated with that load that has all the details about where the wood is coming from

and who it’s going to,” says Nigel Brabyn, Nelson Forests’ Business Performance Analyst. “The harvesting crew kept a carbon copy of the docket, the wood went via truck to a weighbridge and the load weights are added to the docket, a copy was left at the weighbridge, the truck driver had a copy, a copy went to the customer and then Nelson Forests ended up with the docket book after that.” Paper dockets are laborious to organise and delicate and susceptible to the elements – think windy days, muddy harvesting sites, smoko break coffee spills, not to mention the ongoing issue of who’s got a pen when you need one … “There was a whole industry associated with moving these paper dockets around,” says Nigel. “They all had to be collected, checked, and people would have to come and get new docket books. There’d be couriers running backwards and forwards moving a mountain of paper backwards and forwards.

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