Thème V

Theme V

 

Knowledge Modeling and Sharing

The forest value chain is a complex network of units with different goals and beliefs. These units need to work together to generate the different values. In order to study these value chains and their impact on the different units of the network, a common representation and understanding of the different components of the value chain must be gained. This will permit evaluating forest and industry strategies, supply chain configurations and planning approaches using simulations.

A Canadian standard is to be agreed upon for value chain modelling, including forest, products, processes, business units, markets, as well as planning and coordination approaches. An agent-based approach  will be favoured to facilitate the assessment of different scenarios. The proposed agent-based architecture will define the generic principles, mechanisms and software components required to design and configure a model of a value chain and its planning systems within an experimentation environment. 
Proposing such a framework poses many challenges. The forest value chain is made up of semi-autonomous business units which are really different from one another, while interacting together. Few authors have proposed agent modelling of such complex value chains, and here an additional level of complexity is related to the fact that we also need to model the planning and coordination mechanism in order to evaluate them. The interesting contribution of “agents” to the field comes from their modelling capacity that defines, beyond static characteristics, the behaviour of the modelled components. For example, the dynamic modelling feature of agents enriches the representation of the connectivity between business units of a value chain, of growing models of the forest, in fact, of any stochastic behaviour of processes or markets. Moreover, the social ability of the agents forces the analyst to model the interactions between the entities. Therefore, the framework should allow modelling static data regarding transformation capacity (e.g., products, processors, processes, customers, suppliers, transporters, business units, planning units), business flows (information, product and financial), but also flows of the virtual artefacts used for local planning and coordination/synchronization at all operational, tactical and aggregated levels.

 

M.Sc. Projects


5.3 Value chain-based accounting (cost and carbon) approach for decision making
- Completed
Student
Damien Chauvin
Director 
Mikael Rönnqvist
University
Université Laval

Ph.D. Projects


5.5 Robust planning in in the forest supply chain under uncertain supply and demand - In progress
Student
Omid Sanei Bajgiran
Director
Mustapha Nour El Fath

Université
Université Laval


5.7 Representation of the forest value chain as a dynamic economic system
- In progress
Student 
Flor de Maria
Robles Barreto
Director  
Nancy GĂ©linas
University 
Université Laval

PDF Projects


5.1 The development of a metamodel for supporting collaborative engineering of decision support systems within the Canadian forest value network - In progress
Student 
Mona Roshani
Director  
Nadia Lehoux
University 
Université Laval

5.4 Scenario planning tools for forest, industry, markets and trade - Completed
Student 
Steven Northway
Director  
Gary Bull 
University 
University of British Columbia 

Internship Projects


5.1WP Working paper the use of agent-based modeling to support collaborative design of planning systems within the forest products industry - Completed
Student 
Riadh Azouzi
Director  
Sophie D'Amours
University 
Université Laval

5.2WP Scenario planning tools for forest, industry, markets and trade - Completed
Student 
Steven Northway
Director  
Gary Bull 
University 
University of British Columbia

Associate Student Projects


5.8AS - Support model for forestry company’s strategic decision based on consequential life cycle assessment - In progress
Student 
Achille-Benjamin
Laurent
Director  
Sophie D'Amours 
University 
Université Laval

5.9AS - Development of a method and metrics for impacts assessment of VCO Network’s projects with companies - In progress
Student 
Patrick GĂ©rard Mbassegue
Director  
Gregory Huet
University 
École de techonolgie supérieure

 

 

 

 

 

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