Roads built over weak soils reduce allowable truck payloads, inhibit vehicle traction, pose a safety hazard, and lead to higher road maintenance costs over time.
FPInnovations is moving full speed ahead with its automated-harvesting project to usher in a new era of forestry machinery with an eye to one day operating fully autonomous machines.
As part of its work on massive wood construction, FPInnovations recently published the Design Guide for Timber-Concrete Composite Floors in Canada.
In 2018, FPInnovations had published an article about its successful and promising partnership with Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY.
Designers and regulators are increasingly rationalizing for climate change in stream crossing designs. While the baseline practice in forestry is “add 20% to the design flood”—which originates from a 2012 Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia Guidance publication—professionals are now starting to use publicly available climate tools that give more localized estimates.
Scientists cracked the code for kraft lignin made from black liquor in the 1940s, but with global attention on climate change and governments around the world focused on lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while supporting sustainable economies, efficient lignin production and improved quality have never been hotter topics in biorefinery circles than they are now.
Pete Van Amelsfoort, General Manager of Quality Hardwoods Ltd. in Powassan, Ontario has saved his wood products company over $3.9 million dollars in the past 12 years. How? By switching from heating with fuel oil to heating with wood pellets!
PIT Group’s comprehensive market review of electromechanical brakes (EMBs) for commercial vehicles, namely Class 8 trucks, completed for the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations, reveals that the cost of a sufficiently safe, redundant and robust system, as well as the regulatory framework, are currently impeding the development and use of EMBs.