Tool


Title

Forest Residue Trucking Simulator
(FoRTS)
Version: 5.0
Developer(s):
  • US Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Forest Operations Research
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Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • biomass transportation
  • FoRTS - Forest Residue Trucking Simulator
  • hauling routes
  • loading and hauling costs
  • spreadsheet calculator
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Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 7652

Description

ANNOTATION: FoRTS is a spreadsheet based calculator designed to help compare alternative methods of moving biomass from the forest to a wood-using facility. It will estimate loading and hauling costs for different combinations of equipment, evaluate the best mix (numbers and types) of equipment, compare different hauling routes, examine reloading, or two-stage hauling opportunities. FoRTS does not provide actual costs because it does not include factors such as profit and overhead. It is intended to represent a relative comparison among options. DATA REQUIREMENTS: Road travel route description; biomass materials (species, moisture content, etc); equipment selection (in-woods, transportation, processing).

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