2022 Scaling for Non-Scalers

Start Date: November 17, 2022
Location: Grand Mound, WA

Thursday, November 17, 2022

9:00 What does a log scaler do?

  • How scalers fit into the log transaction process (only measure volume, not value)
  • What is their relationship to log buyers and sellers?
  • The different points in log transport where scaling can occur
  • What is log volume and how is it calculated?
  • What are the specific measurements and data collected on a typical log?
  • Log documentation
  • Understanding gross and net volume
  • Why did my load scale out at a lesser volume? Reasons for volume deductions

9:30 am Scaling Bureaus: How they operate and their role in log markets

  • How bureaus fit into the log buying and selling process
  • Represent both the log buyers and sellers
  • Apply log scaling rules
  • Provide qualified scalers
  • Serve as independent third parties

10:30 Break

11:00 Northwest Log Scaling Rules: Applying uniformity and standardization within the Doug-fir processing area

  • Function and role of the rules

Special Requests: Using procedures in addition to the NW log scaling rules

11:30 Scaling logs on trucks

Noon Lunch (included with registration)

1:00 pm Understanding log grades and sorts

  • What is the difference between grades and sorts?
  • Why do sorts vary from company to company?
  • What is the difference between a good #2 sawlog and a rough #2 sawlog?
  • What is the pulp sort?
  • What is a cull?

2:00 Break

2:15  Log accountability: Tracking the log load from landing to mill

  • How is data collected? Load receipts, weight reports, sample scales, sample expansion, log tags, scale tickets and certificates
  • Understanding the paperwork: Examples will be provided of load receipts, scale tickets and certificates and each form will be reviewed in detail.
  • What are the standard procedures for documentation and changes?
  • How is the data stored, disseminated and accessed by clients?

3:45 Catch-all short topics

  • Miscellaneous Topics
    • Understanding cubic measurements
    • Volume conversion factors
    • Using taper factors and actual taper
  • Scaler value and cost
  • Defects
  • Difference between westside and eastside scaling

4:15 pm Workshop Adjourns

About the Conference
2022 Scaling for Non-Scalers will take place on Nov 17, 2022 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA.