Transportation and routing in forestry logistics

In the forestry industry, the transportation of timber or logs serves as a vital link between forest harvesting areas and demand sites like sawmills, pulp mills, wood panel mills, and various terminals. Given the extensive forest areas and widespread mill locations in many nations, timber transportation constitutes a substantial percentage—often [...]

December 20, 2023|

What is optimization in practice and theory ?

The word optimize is often used as a general comment without any more detailed meaning on what is being done. For example, it is very easy to say that the route, the design, or the plan is optimized without any type of quantification. Most often, what is meant in practice [...]

December 20, 2023|

Optimization in forest operations and supply chains

The forest industry produces a range of products including paper, lumber, and energy, wielding substantial economic influence in numerous nations. Its significance extends to contributing significantly to each country's GDP, generating substantial revenue, and offering employment to a large workforce, often in rural areas. Beyond economic benefits, forests also play [...]

December 20, 2023|

Integrated bioenergy supply chains for synthetic natural gas and energy production

In the large ongoing transition towards a low-carbon society, bioenergy is an essential part of the new emerging bioeconomy needed to meet several of the sustainable development goals. In this transition, the bioenergy sector has the potential to produces, among other things, heat, electricity, biochar, and synthetic natural gas (SNG) [...]

December 20, 2023|

How is Timbertrail used in forest operations?

In long-term sustainable forestry, it is a matter to take care of the land when the forest is harvested. Harvesters and forwarders must be used in such a way that the soil is protected to the greatest extent possible from both compaction and more serious soil damage. This means [...]

December 20, 2023|

Hugin och Munin – Intelligent digital twin for a efficient and robust value chain

Through digital tools for data collection, management, and intelligent utilization, conditions are created for industrial actors with complex processes to optimize their value chains. That's exactly what the plan is for the Hugin and Munin project initiated by Digital tvilling, Creative Optimization, and LKAB as part of Vinnova's advanced [...]

December 20, 2023|

Transport efficiency with Analyzer

Complexity and challenges To analyze the transportations done during a time period to obtain KPI for transport efficiency is valuable to determine how to better plan for future improvements, identifying inefficiencies and where to allocate resource to reduce costs. SCA is Europe’s largest private forest owner with 2.6 million [...]

December 17, 2023|

Flow optimization using Woodflow

Flow optimization with Mellanskog Efficient logistics planning is a key factor in the profitability of forestry. Studies at the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden show that the use of decision support with optimization for fundamental decisions on allocation of timber volumes can improve planning and reduce logistics costs by [...]

December 17, 2023|

Livestock logistics

Solution to improve logistic difficulties for livestock transportationAnimal transport is increasing in the world, accounting for significant effects on economic value, animal welfare and CO2 emissions. Animal transports also have implications for the spread of infectious animal diseases which can have a dramatic impact on both health and economic values. [...]

December 17, 2023|

Energy efficiency in agricultural logistics

Solutions to improve energy efficiency In a previous pilot study by Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (JTI) it was estimated that more than 20 % of the diesel consumption in agriculture in Sweden was used for transportation. This follow-up project is focusing on innovative solutions to improve [...]

December 17, 2023|


Project description The project EFFORTE aims to create novel knowledge and adoption of new methods and technology that will lead to substantial increase in work productivity of tree harvesting and silvicultural activities as well as increase of productivity of wood production. Development of work procedures and enhancement of forest [...]

December 17, 2023|

Model development for optimal use of the forest biomass

Improving better decision support for biofuel extraction Bioenergy is becoming a more important energy source. An important bioenergy assortment in Sweden is given by primary forest fuels. These account for about 14% of the biofuels or about 4% of Sweden’s total energy supply. There are large volumes of forest [...]

December 17, 2023|

FlexSNG Project

The transition towards climate neutrality by 2050 is one of the main themes in the agenda of the European Union and its member states. To reach this target, the European Union aims at increasing the share of renewable energy sources in both heat, electricity and transport use. Bioenergy will [...]

December 17, 2023|

Advanced and innovative digitalization

Press release: LKAB in collaboration towards the logistics solutions of the futureLKAB, Creative Optimization and Digital Tvilling in collaboration for optimization of LKAB’s entire value chain. By 2025, the work will result in the optimization of the entire value chain across organizational, structural and geographical boundaries.LKAB is one of the [...]

October 18, 2022|

Norra Skog selects Woodflow

Press release: Norra Skog select WoodflowToday we are pleased to announce that Norra Skog has decided to use Woodflow for planning and analysis of its wood logistics. Norra Skog will use the entire Woodflow suite with both Optimizer and Analyzer to increase its ability to both plan and analyze timber [...]

September 27, 2022|

Partnership with Sokigo

Creative Optimization in partnership with Sokigo Sokigo and Creative Optimization have entered a partnership for product integration. Timbertrail from Creative Optimization is an innovative and unique method for automated optimization of forest roads that now is integrated with Sokigo’s reputable system for purchasing, management and forest production – TimberTrack [...]

March 31, 2022|

Innovation group EIP-Agri

Project descriptionWithin the framework of the Swedish Board of Agriculture’s EIP-Agri, Creative Optimization has received a grant to form an innovation group consisting of Hushållningssällskapet, RISE, Svefa and Gröna Klustret Nuntorp. Together with farmers, researchers and advisers, the innovation group will apply for EIP-Agri innovation project. In the proposed project, [...]

December 15, 2021|

Moelven Skog selects Timbertrail

Timbertrail will help Moelven Skog create better planning in forest operationsAfter a test and evaluation period during spring, Moelven Skog has chosen to start using the planning support tool Timbertrail in its forest operations. Timbertrail is a decision support system that uses AI to identify optimal extraction routes based on [...]

September 29, 2021|

Vida Skog selects Woodflow

Vida selects Woodflow for transportation efficiencyThe latest company to select Woodflow is Vida Skog. The choice of Woodflow includes Analyzer to create an overview of transport efficiency. The tool will be used to help identify and understand timber flows to reduce enviromental impact. With the help of Woodflow Analyzer, Vida [...]

February 1, 2021|

Timbertrail released

Optimizing extraction routes has never been easierNow the first version of Timbertrail is out! Timbertrail is a decision support that, with the help of digital information on slope, soil moisture and the volume distribution of the forest, provides suggestions for optimal exctration routes and base paths in felling. Read more [...]

September 1, 2020|

New office in Stockholm

New office in Stockholm at NorrskenStarting this august Creative Optimization has an office located in Stockholm at Norrsken Foundation. Norrsken House is one of Europe’s largest hub for impact tech and collects over 300 entrepreneurs to build scalable business to solve some of the complex challenges in the world. We [...]

August 12, 2020|

New office in Halmstad

New office in Halmstad at SlottsmöllanCreative Optimization is now moving to a larger office in Halmstad at Slottsmöllans Företagscentrum. Slottmöllan is located at the river Nissan in Halmstad. Slottmöllan is a business cluster housing companies in several industrial sectors.“Our new office located at slottsmöllan, is a good opportunity for us [...]

June 17, 2020|

Holmen selects Woodflow

Holmen selects Woodflow for transportation planningRecently, Holmen Skog choosed to start using Woodflow for its strategical and tactical planning in the forestry business. The selection of Woodflow includes both Optimizer and Analyzer. Woodflow will help Holmen Skog to plan and follow up timber transports and make strategic scenario analyzes of [...]

April 1, 2020|

Innovation days in Montreal

Innovation days in Montreal, CanadaIn November Creative Optimization participated at the innovation days in Montreal, Canada. The purpose of the innovation meeting was to establish business relations and collaborations between Canadian and Swedish companies. This was held by Vinnova, Business Sweden and Ignite Sweden. Creative Optimization participated in several meetings [...]

November 20, 2019|

RIU, Skinnskatteberg 2019

Creative Optimization participated in RIU 2019During this year’s edition of the RIU conference held by Skogforsk and SLU Creative Optimization participated during the days to gain insight into new research and discuss future challenges in forest planning and management. During the fair, Timbertrail was showcased for both forestry companies and [...]

October 2, 2019|