Improving Log Transportation with Data Based Monitoring and Analysis in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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 Research Brief Final Report

Primary Investigator

Richard D. Stewart
Old Main 135, P. 0. Box 2000
Superior, Wisconsin 54880-4500


GPS tracking devices will be purchased by participants interested in improving efficiency of log transportation by trucks. Data will be collected by the research team to form a baseline scenario of log movements. Data will be analyzed to identify opportunities for improved operating efficiencies, safety and overall understanding of the log truck operations. After implementing suggested recommendations, second round of data collection will be conducted to compare the effects of improvements in the efficiency of log transportation by trucks.


The objective of this proposed research is to use inexpensive GPS tracking devices to further the understanding of inefficiencies in current log truck movements and to use the data to improve the performance of log transportation system in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


  1. Obtaining the GPS data collectors, implementing the system and collecting the baseline data
  2. Analyzing the data to identify trends, patterns and potential inefficiencies. Using the analysis to recommend improvements for participating truckers.
  3. Obtaining second set of data with improvements in place. Analyzing data and performing comparative analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of suggested improvements.
  4. Summarizing the results and developing recommendations for expanding the study to cover larger portion of the log trucks in mid-west.

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2011
  • Budget: CFIRE: $75,000; Total $89,353
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student and three undergraduates
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 04-10
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