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dc.contributor.supervisorPrentice, Barry (Supply Chain Management)en_US
dc.contributor.authorWychreschuk, Alena
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-14T19:50:11Z
dc.date.available2012-08-14T19:50:11Z
dc.date.issued2012-08-14
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1993/8252
dc.description.abstractThe 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.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subjectairshipen_US
dc.subjecttransportationen_US
dc.subjectforestryen_US
dc.subjectUAVen_US
dc.subjecteconomicsen_US
dc.titleThe UAV logger as a potential alternative for timber transportation in the Canadian boreal foresten_US
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.typemaster thesisen_US
dc.degree.disciplineManagementen_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommitteeMcLachlin, Ron (Supply Chain Management) Davidson-Hunt, Iain (Natural Resources Institute)en_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Science (M.Sc.)en_US
dc.description.noteOctober 2012en_US
local.subject.manitobayesen_US


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