IERG attended CORS/INFORMS 2015 International Meeting at Montréal, QC

From June 14th to 17th a few members of IERG attended the CORS/INFORMS Joint International Meeting where they presented their research projects.

Here are the abstracts of the presentations:


Title: Process Improvement at a Parallam Mill
Presenting Author: Luke Opacic,MSc Graduate Student, UBC Faculty of Forestry – Industrial Engineering Research Group, 2943-2424 Main Mall, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4, Canada,
Co-Author: Taraneh Sowlati, Associate Professor, UBC, 2934-2424 Main Mall, Vancouver BC, Canada,
Abstract: In this project simulation is used to analyze improvements in the process flow within a Parallam wood composite manufacturing facility. The analysis involves evaluating the impact of investments in new machinery, and operational changes involving specialty and custom pieces.


Title: Supply Chain Planning for Bioenergy and Biofuel Generation from Forestry Residues
Presenting Author:
Diana Siller,The University of British Columbia, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, Canada,
Taraneh Sowlati, University of British Columbia, 2931-2424 Main Mall, Vancouver BC V6T1Z4, Canada,
Abstract: The daily resource allocation for a forest biomass supply chain is simulated. It considers various biomass types, and multiple biomass supply and demand points. The model evaluates the effects of seasonality of supply, productivity curves based on tree characteristics, weather and other delays, and variations in biomass physical characteristics on cost and GHG emissions.


Title: Bi-Objective Optimization of Integrated Bioenergy/Biofuels Supply Chains using Forest Biomass
Presenting Author: Claudia Cambero,UBC, 2943-2424 Main Mall, Vancouver BC V6T1Z4, Canada,
Co-Author: Taraneh Sowlati, University of British Columbia, 2931-2424 Main Mall, Vancouver BC V6T1Z4, Canada,
Abstract: We present a bi-objective optimization model to design integrated bioenergy and biofuels supply chains using forestry by-products. The model integrates technical and economic considerations, as well as life cycle assessment guidelines to generate Pareto optimal solutions that show the trade-offs between economic and environmental objectives: NPV maximization and GHG emissions minimization. A case study in interior British Columbia is presented and analyzed.