Forest products industry -- Management, Work breakdown structure, Project management, Sawmills -- Oregon -- Databases
Oregon’s forest products industry is evolving and processing progressively smaller logs of a limited range of tree species. The result is a weakening of markets for many private nonindustrial woodland owners. Because a comprehensive, central database of Oregon sawmills/log buyers does not exist, a key challenge lies in locating contact information and capabilities for processors.
The Forestry Extension team at Oregon State University has launched a project to address these issues. A subset of the project was addressed by this team project – the development of a statewide log buyer database.
The team began by utilizing project management tools such as Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Responsibility Interface Matrix (RIM) to define the project scope and assess resources needed. Customer needs were assessed via discussions with private woodland owners and log processing firms. Benchmarking was done by examining websites and existing databases of other states. This exercise provided the most useful information for the design of an Access database.
With the database completed, the team focused on the transition to the next phase, Website Design & Development. Since a different group with different skill sets will complete the next phase, knowledge transfer became an important part of the project’s termination.
Note: The presentation associated with this report is included here as a supplemental file.
Bland, James; Christensen, Wendy; Keil, Diane; Leavengood, Scott; and Nguyen, Khanh, "Oregon Log Buyers Database" (2002). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 1494.