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Remsoft Helps Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation Optimize its Natural Resources to Drive Economic Development

October 31st, 2011

 Feasibility and Sustainability of a Cedar Saw Mill, Pellet Mill and Cogeneration Facility on Community Lands Proven With Precision Analytics Software
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick – November 1, 2011Remsoft, the leading provider of asset lifecycle optimization solutions for land-based and infrastructure assets, today announced that it has worked with the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation (BNA) to analyze whether the community could use its natural resources in an environmentally responsible manner while also promoting economic development and job growth.  As a result of the models generated by Remsoft’s optimization and advanced analytics technology, BNA was able to clearly show how successful its plans would be—and was awarded a grant of government wood from the Province of Ontario.

Recently, BNA was assigned land through an Order in Council near Thunder Bay for the development of a community; in fact, the community will be built from scratch over the next few years.  One of BNA’s major goals has been to create a sustainable economy for its members—and to make this a reality it has embarked on several projects using natural resources from the surrounding areas.  These range from wood mills and cogeneration facilities to wind power, mining and hospitality projects.

The BNA worked with Thor Olesen, President of SUSTAIN, a coaching and consulting company focused on sustainable business practices and new business incubation, to identify projects that would create jobs, be sustainable and provide other benefits to the community.  Together they looked at three ways to use local natural resources: a cedar saw mill, a pellet mill and a cogeneration facility.  BNA needed to secure wood allocation from the Province of Ontario to make the pellet mill a reality. 

In order to be allocated the wood use by the government, the community needed to prove that there was enough fiber supply; that they could operate the pellet mill in conjunction with the cedar saw mill; that using the fiber in this way was sustainable and that the supply would replenish. 

“There are 180 years of wood on these lands if managed properly,” said Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Chief Paul Gladu.  “Remsoft enabled us to show, with a high level of certainty, that we could sustainably establish and operate these mills and responsibly use natural resources to build a brighter future for our community.”

The Remsoft analysis helped the community demonstrate it could successfully manage sustainable harvest operations.  It created a model that showed exactly how BNA would use the resources and how the pattern could be sustained over time.  The model was easy to use and understand, which enabled non-experts in the government to easily see how successful this project could be and give the BNA approval to use the land over large forestry and lumber companies.

“We are thrilled to be able to help the BNA build a community and an economy that will last for years to come,” added Andrea Feunekes, co-CEO and co-founder of Remsoft.  “This resource and location-sensitive project shows the power and flexibility of our software to analyze the available variables and create a path to success, be it what trees to harvest or how to balance resources and make multiple projects work at the same time.”

The BNA is currently in the process of planning a cogeneration facility on its lands that would provide heat and electricity for the mills and the community.  Remsoft conducted a feasibility study to determine if the BNA can use excess fiber from the pellet mill and cedar mill as fuel for the cogeneration facility, as well as to answer questions about the proposal, such as finances and whether there is enough timberland available. 

One of the important advantages of using Remsoft was the ability to re-open the previous model and add in the variables around the cogeneration facility.  This prevented the previous situation from having to be re-modeled and saved the community time, energy and expenses.

About Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation
The Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation (formerly Sand Point First Nation) is an Ojibwa First Nation in Ontario, Canada.  Its traditional community is Sand Point, on the southeastern shore of Lake Nipigon.

About Remsoft
Remsoft provides asset lifecycle optimization solutions that empower executives to maximize the performance and value of land-based and infrastructure assets.  Through advanced analytics, modeling and spatial planning technology, Remsoft simplifies complex, high-variable decisions to fuel long-term sustainability.  Hundreds of organizations worldwide utilize Remsoft software to make the most of their resources and assets.  For more information, please visit www.remsoft.com.

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