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New truck scheduling system could save the forestry industry big money

FastTRUCK, brainchild of Research Fellow Mauricio Acuna, has been hailed as a major step forward in trucking and logistics in the forestry industry.

To facilitate the decision-making process during dispatching and to help forestry transport managers organise fleets and plan log and chip facilities, Mauricio developed a truck scheduling system called FastTRUCK, that plans the whole day in advance, listing every pickup and delivery for every truck in the fleet.

FastTRUCK creates the schedules by a simulation and a metaheuristic (simulated annealing) process minimising the number of trucks required and the waiting times at origins and destinations.

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