Forest Machine Connectivity

Improving efficiency in the timber harvesting supply chain by collecting and analyzing Industrial IoT data

Project Overview

Updated January 15, 2024.

The Problem

In order to stay competitive in the global wood products manufacturing industry, Canfor and Mosaic recognize the need to digitally transform and modernize the timber harvesting supply chain. 

Both companies, in collaboration with the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry, are leading the Forest Machine Connectivity project to deploy the first application to solve the industry’s technical barriers impacting efficiency. 

How We Are Solving It

The Forest Machine Connectivity project is using an Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, which is a network of smart devices that can collect, monitor, exchange and analyze data as well as deliver valuable insights. The data and insights will allow contractors, machine operators and forest managers to identify bottlenecks and improve productivity in real time and develop best practices throughout the supply chain. 

The Result

The Forest Machine Connectivity project cements Canada’s leadership in the digital transformation of the forest industry. In close collaboration with project partners Mosaic, Canfor, and UBC, Lim Geomatics has developed innovate tools to gather, consolidate and analyze data from all stages of the timber harvest cycle and supply chain. This new technology delivers significant improvements in operational visibility and efficiency to industry users, and its growing implementation will offer valuable research opportunities to forestry program graduates for years to come.

Project Lead

  • MosaicForest

Project Partners

  • canfor@2x e1632691066942
  • dts ubc logo e1632687012996
  • limgeomatics1 e1632691120202