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Daniel & Gallagher Recognized for Technical Writing

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New Orleans, LA – On April 17, the Forest Resources Association’s Southcentral Region honored Auburn University’s Dr. Tom Gallagher and Marissa Jo Daniel with its First Place Technical Writing Award for 2018. This Annual Award recognizes the best Technical Releases published and posted on FRA’s website.

“Jo” is the PhD grad student of Auburn University’s Dr. Tom Gallagher. Daniel and Gallagher co-authored Technical Release 17-R-16, Utilization of Phone App Technology to Record Log Truck Movements in the Southeastern U.S. Their project, funded by the Wood Supply Research Institute, aimed to gather data on the log truck driver’s wait time at the log landing and at the mill, and to analyze other delays a driver may encounter while traveling from one location to another. Auburn University created a Phone App that could be downloaded directly onto the driver’s phone. The driver is prompted to select the reason for any stop or delay recorded by the phone.

Initial findings from a small number of drivers and mills in the states of Alabama, Ohio and South Carolina showed that there clearly are opportunities to improve both loading and unloading time efficiencies.

17-R-16 is attached. (FRA members may also find 17-R-16 in the members-only/login area of www.forestresources.org.)

Tom Gallagher

Dr. Tom Gallagher (left) receives FRA’s Southcentral Region (SCR) First Place Technical Writing Award from SCR Vice Chairman John Boyette (right).