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dc.contributor.supervisor Prentice, Barry (Supply Chain Management) en_US
dc.contributor.author Wychreschuk, Alena
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-14T19:50:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-14T19:50:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/8252
dc.description.abstract The Canadian boreal forest has substantial natural resources located in remote isolated areas that are of economic interest. Requirements of the log extraction operation are to minimize impact on the ecosystem and its inhabitants. Transportation is one of the largest direct costs of forestry operations and many potential harvest areas are left untouched because of the high costs to build and maintain logging roads and water crossings. Alternatives to the traditional surface transportation system could benefit the industry, the residents and the ecosystem. The economics of a Lighter-Than-Air UAV Logger concept for log transportation is compared to the current truck and road build option using a cost comparison model and three harvest area case studies. At the engineered price estimate of $4.1 million, the results suggest that the UAV Logger is an uneconomic transportation alternative in the boreal forest at current product prices and supply availability. Conditions that favour the UAV Logger as a competitive economic alternative include small harvest volumes and high road build costs. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject airship en_US
dc.subject transportation en_US
dc.subject forestry en_US
dc.subject UAV en_US
dc.subject economics en_US
dc.title The UAV logger as a potential alternative for timber transportation in the Canadian boreal forest en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Management en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee McLachlin, Ron (Supply Chain Management) Davidson-Hunt, Iain (Natural Resources Institute) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2012 en_US


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