2020 年 35 巻 4 号 論文ID: 35.223
Transportation distance and time are important factors for efficient timber transportation and driver management in forestry industries. A low-cost or free, and an intuitive and simple operation to estimate transportation distance and time would be useful for forestry industries. The purpose of this study was to build a system for estimation of transportation distance and time including the inside of forests using Google Maps routing system, taken between artificial forests and a woody biomass power plant as an example. Mie Prefecture, located in central Japan, was selected as our study site. As a result, the system was built to estimate the transportation distance and time including the inside of forests using the winding factor of forests roads. The transportation distances from forests to the biomass plant in the city of Tsu ranged from 15.54 to 173.30 km, and transportation time ranged from 0.54 to 5.86 h. The estimated harvestable area was smaller than the result calculated using the transportation distance and time that had been used in previous studies. Our system can estimate transportation distance and time in the forests based on actual road routes in Google Maps instead of radius circular range. Therefore, this system would contribute to efficient timber transportation and driver management.