“Fueling the Future”
COFE annual meeting
June 6 – June 9, 2010
Sunday, June 6 – Auburn University Conference Center
3:00 pm Registration opens
6:00 – 8:00 Ice-breaker social, Conference Center Ballroom B
(sponsored by Caterpillar)
Monday, June 7 – Auburn University Conference Center – Auditorium
7:00 am Registration opens
8:00 am Welcome – Dr. Jay Gogue, President, Auburn University
Dr. Dick Brinker, Dean, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Tom Gallagher, Annual meeting Chair
9:00 am Keynote Speaker – Tom Kelly, retired logging engineer, Scott Paper,
Mobile, AL - Logging practices from South Alabama – could they still
10:00 - 10:30 Break (sponsored by MeadWestvaco)
10:30 – 11:00 Bruce Narveson, Industry Manager, Forestry Division, Caterpillar
Equipment Company, Lagrange, GA – CAT in the marketplace and new
innovations for biomass.
11:00 – 11:30 Sam Houston, Manager of Supply Chain Services, Forest2Market -
Biomass supply and demand.
11:30 – 12:00 Bryce Stokes, Senior Advisor, Navarro Research & Engineering Inc.
– Role of Wood for Energy.
12:00 – 1:30 Awards Luncheon (sponsored by John Deere) Ballroom B
1:30 – 2:00 Doug Domenech, Secretary of Natural Resources, Virginia
Commonwealth – How will the alternative energy market affect a
2:00 – 2:30 Tim West, Product Application Consultant, John Deere - What John
Deere brings to the table.
2:30 – 3:00 Steve Taylor, Director, Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, Auburn
University – Biomass to Liquid Fuel Conversion Technology
3:00 – 3:30 Break (sponsored by Caterpillar)
3:30 – 4:00 Bill Waller, Procurement Manager, Green Circle Bio Energy – From
Wood to Energy.
4:00 – 4:30 How will the logger function in a biomass market? – Joseph Parnell,
Parnell Logging, Maplesville, AL
4:30 – 5:00 John Garland – Professor Emeritus, Forest Engineering, Resources and
Management, Oregon State University – Ideas fuel the future: the
changing role of forest engineers and foresters.
6:00 – 7:30 Ice-breaker social, Conference Center Ballroom A
Monday Spouse/Guest Tour
10:00 am leave from Hotel for walking tour of campus
Noon back for awards luncheon
1:30 bus to June Collins Smith art museum
Tuesday, June 8 – Field trip
7:45 – 8:00 Leave from the front of the Conference Center at 7:45 am for several
stops, followed by a social and evening meal at the Mary Olive Thomas
tract south of Auburn (spouse transportation at 5:00 from Conference
RMS roads and operations
AL Power Dare Park on lake – lunch and hear from AL Power
Wednesday, June 9 – School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building
7:30 am Registration opens – School Conference Hall
Session A- Room 1221 – BMP’s/Roads – moderator - John Fulton, Assoc. Professor,
Biosystems Engineering, Auburn
8:00 – 8:20 Modeling Streamflow Responses to Road Density in the Coweeta
Watershed, North Carolina - Salli Dymond, W. Michael Aust, Steve
Prisley, Virginia Tech, Mark Eisenbies, Mississippi State, James Vose,
and Andrew Dolloff, USDA Forest Service.
8:20 – 8:40 Designing for effective evaluations of soil erosion and storm runoff - J.
McFero Grace III, Mark Dougherty, Emily Carter, and Ali Baharanyi,
USDA Forest Service and Auburn University.
8:40 – 9:00 Development of a Correlation Equation between Clegg Impact Values
and California Bearing Ratio for In-Field Strength - Simon Fairbrother,
Robert McGregor and Ivan Aleksandrov, University of Canterbury.
9:00 – 9:20 Methods, BMP's, and costs of skidder and truck stream crossings in
Virginia - Scott E. McKee, Luke Shenk, M. Chad Bolding, W. Mike
Aust, Virginia Tech.
9:20 – 9:40 Estimating construction and maintenance costs of various standard forest
roads and bridges - Miles C. Groover, M. Chad Bolding, and W. Mike
Aust, Virginia Tech.
Session B- Room 1223 – Markets and Procurement - moderator – Tim McDonald, Assoc.
Professor, Biosystems Engineering, Auburn
8:00 – 8:20 Changes in Wood Procurement Strategies in Virginia: Coping with
Market Volatility - William S. Ford and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia
8:20 – 8:40 Hardwood Supply Logistics for Ethanol Production - Dr. Dalia Abbas,
Dr. Ajit Srivastava, and Dr. Chris Saffron, Michigan State University.
8:40 – 9:00 Consequences of Mill Closures, Parcelization, and Wood-to-Energy
Expansion for the U.S. South’s Wood Supply Chain - Joseph L. Conrad
IV and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia Tech.
9:00 – 9:20 Status of Technology for Harvesting Forest Biomass - Results of a
National Survey of Logging Contractors and Industry - Andres Enrich,
Jason Cutshall, Shawn Baker, and Dale Greene, University of Georgia,
Amanda Lang and Brooks Mendell, Forisk Consulting LLC.
9:20 – 9:40 Characteristics of Logging Businesses Harvesting Biomass for Energy in
the Virginia Piedmont - Scott M. Barrett, M. Chad Bolding, and John F.
Munsell, Virginia Tech.
9:40 – 10:10 Break and poster session – School Conference Hall
(sponsored by International Paper)
Session C – Room 1221 – BMP’s – moderator, Mathew Smidt, Assoc. Professor, School
of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn
10:10 – 10:30 Developing Woody Biomass Retention Guidelines in Maine - Jeffrey G.
Benjamin, University of Maine, Donald J. Mansius, Maine Forest
Service, and Kate Albert Read.
10:30 – 10:50 GPS and GIS Analysis of Mobile Harvesting Equipment and Sediment
Delivery to Streams During Forest Harvest - Daniel Bowker, Jeff
Stringer, Chris Barton, Songlin Fei, University of Kentucky.
10:50 – 11:10 Soil Disturbance and Site Impacts Related to a Thinning Operation in
Kentucky - Emily A. Carter and Jason D. Thompson, USDA Forest
11:10 – 11:30 Comparison of potential erosion following conventional and cable
yarding timber harvests in the Appalachian Plateau - Bill Worrell, W.
Mike Aust, and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia Tech.
11:30 – 11:50 Evaluation of Bladed Skid Trail Closure and Cover BMPs for Erosion
Control - Charlie Wade, W. M. Aust, and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia
Session D – Room 1223 – System Design – moderator - Dana Mitchell, Research
Engineer, US Forest Service
10:10 – 10:30 Potential Improvements to Equipment and Processes for Harvesting
Forest Biomass for Energy - Bruce Hartsough, Peter Dempster, Nicholas
Gallo, Bryan Jenkins and Peter Tittmann, UC – Davis.
10:30 – 10:50 Developing a New Generation of Woody Biomass Harvesting
Equipment - Bob Rummer, USDA Forest Service, Steve Taylor, Auburn
University, and Frank Corley, Corley Land Services.
10:50 – 11:10 Validation of a new conceptual cable harvesting system using an
independent device for lateral yarding - Tetsuhiko Yoshimura, Shimane
University and Bruce Hartsough, UC - Davis.
11:10 – 11:30 Some like it hot, some like it cold: Experience with biomass collection
in western Oregon - Elizabeth M. Dodson, University of Montana.
11:30 – 11:50 The effect of harvesting system on forest residue production in Fiji -
George Vuki, Rien Visser, University of Canterbury.
11:50 – 1:20 Business Luncheon and poster session – School Conference Hall
(sponsored by Caterpillar)
Session E – Room 1221 – Productivity and Costs – moderator – John Klepac, General
Engineer, US Forest Service
1:20 – 1:40 Are equipment replacement models adequate for Canadian logging
contractors? - Ricardo P. Cantú & Luc Lebel, Laval University.
1:40 – 2:00 Impact of Timber Sale Characteristics on Harvesting Costs - Shawn
Baker, Dale Greene, and Tom Harris, University of Georgia.
2:00 – 2:20 Evaluating a Web Based Machine Productivity and Fuel Consumption
Monitoring System - Jason D. Thompson, John Klepac, USDA Forest
2:20 – 2:40 Productivity and financial analysis of a field deployment of mobile
pyrolysis for the in-woods production of bio-oil and biochar from forest
treatment residues - Dr. Nathaniel Anderson, Dr. J. Greg Jones, and Dr.
Woodam Chung, University of Montana and USDA Forest Service.
2:40 – 3:00 Establishing a standard work sampling method for mastication
productivity analysis - Brian Vitorelo and Han-Sup Han, Humboldt State
Session F – Room 1223 – Safety and Environment – moderator – Bob Rummer, Project
Leader, Forest Operations, US Forest Service
1:20 – 1:40 The effect of shift duration on the performance of forest harvesting
operations - Luc Lebel, Laval University and Bruno Farbos, Montreal
1:40 – 2:00 Factors Associated with Logging Truck Accidents in Georgia, 1988-
2008 - Jason Cutshall and Dale Greene, University of Georgia.
2:00 – 2:20 Modeling forest biomass in atmospheric carbon reduction in West
Virginia - Benktesh Dash Sharma, Jingxin Wang, West Virginia
2:20 – 2:40 Discussion economy and energy balances of forest biomass utilization
for Bio-energy at Sano city, Tochigi prefecture, in Japan - Kazuhiro
Aruga, Ayami Murakami, Masashi Saito, Kaname Ito, Reiko
Yamaguchi, Chikara Nakahata, Utsunomiya University.
2:40 – 3:00 Energy consumption of small scale production systems for fuel wood
chips - Masahiro Iwaoka, Tsutomu Nakahara, Masayuki Ozawa,
Akiyoshi Kanno, Yuta Inomata and Siaw Onwona-Agyeman, Tokyo
3:00 – 3:20 Break and poster session – School Conference Hall
(sponsored by Resource Management Services)
Session G – Room 1221 – Productivity and Costs – moderator - Dana Mitchell, Research
Engineer, US Forest Service
3:20 – 3:40 A productivity and cost comparison of hog fuel production using slash
forwarding and in-woods grinding of cured harvest - Dr. Nathaniel
Anderson, Dr. Woodam Chung, Dr. J. Greg Jones, and Dan Loeffler ,
University of Montana and USDA Forest Service.
3:40 – 4:00 Productivity Estimates and Product Quality Measures for Chippers and
Grinders on Operational Southern Timber Harvests - Addison Aman,
Shawn Baker, and Dale Greene, University of Georgia.
4:00 – 4:20 Harvesting understory biomass - John Klepac, USDA Forest Service.
4:20 – 4:40 Optimizing the Use of a John Deere Bundling Unit in a Southern
Logging System - Steven Meadows, Tom Gallagher and Dana Mitchell,
Auburn University and USDA Forest Service.
4:40 - 5:00 FPSuite: An Integrated Process Control Platform for Forestry Operations
- Jean-Francois Gingras, Program Manager, FPInnovations
Session H – Room 1223 – Transportation – moderator – Mathew Smidt, Assoc.
Professor, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn
3:20 – 3:40 Biomass recovery and drying trials in New Zealand clear-cut pine
plantations - Rien Visser, Hamish Berkett and Kent Chalmers,
University of Canterbury.
3:40 – 4:00 Trucking efficiency improvement through an analysis of in-woods
turnaround times - Tripp N. Dowling and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia
4:00 – 4:20 Forest Biomass Assessment and Transportation Network Analysis for
Evaluating the Feasibility of Establishing a Biomass - Joshua Clark,
John Sessions, Michael Wing, Christian Schmidt, Oregon State
4:20 – 4:40 Mileage savings from optimization of coordinated trucking - McDonald,
Haridass, Gallagher, Smidt, Valenzuela, Auburn University.
4:40 - 5:00 Estimating Crown and Understory Biomass in Operational Harvests of
Roundwood and Biomass in Southern Pine Plantations - Addison Aman,
Shawn Baker, and Dale Greene, University of Georgia
5:00 – Adjourn – The End
The Poster Session to be held all day Wednesday in conjunction with the coffee breaks
and luncheon will include the following studies and possibly some late arrivals:
Effectiveness and Costs of Five Skid Trail Closure Techniques in the Virginia Piedmont -
B. Clay Sawyers, W. Michael Aust, M. Chad Bolding, and Charles R. Wade, Virginia
Optimization of pyrolysis procedure for improved moisture resistance and reduced
material costs in wood product - Robinson, T.J., Via, B.K., Tu, M., Adhikari,S., Fasina,
O., and Carter, E., Auburn.
Improved Skidding for Small Scale Biomass Harvesting Systems - Taylor Burdg and
Tom Gallagher, Auburn.
A Survey of Forest Engineering and Forest Operations Programs in North America -
Elizabeth M. Dodson, M. Chad Bolding, Ben Spong, Virginia Tech.
Temperatures and sparking from operation of high-speed disk saws - McDonald,
Torrefaction? What’s that? - Dana Mitchell and Tom Elder, USDA Forest Service.
Injury Characteristics for Mechanized Logging Operations in the Southeastern US: 1996-
2006 - Tal Roberts and M. Chad Bolding, Virginia Tech.
Landing size and landing layout in whole-tree harvesting operations in New Zealand –
Rien Visser, Raffaele Spinelli and Natascia Magagnotti, Canterbury University.
FPSuite: An Integrated Process Control Platform for Forestry Operations - Jean-Francois
Gingras, Program Manager, FPInnovations, Feric division, Pointe-Claire, Quebec,
Canada H9R 3J9.
We anticipate allocating 15 hours of CFE’s for this meeting (6 on Monday, 3 for Tuesday
and 6 for Wednesday), but we are still awaiting approval.
Conference hotel: The Hotel at Auburn University, 241 S. College, Auburn, Alabama
334-844-4718. A block of rooms has been reserved at a rate of $96 per night (there is a
lower rate for government employees). Ask for the annual COFE meeting.
Registration and Costs: (go to registration menu)
Early registration After April 30, 2010
COFE members: $350 $450
Non-COFE members: $400 $500
Students: $200 $300
Spouse/Guest (all events): $130 $180
Spouse/Guest Tour only: $40 $50
One day (Mon or Wed): $125 $150
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