We tackle the problem of predicting the lumber products resulting from the break down of the logs at a given sawmill. Although previous studies have shown that supervised learning is well suited for that prediction problem, to our knowledge, there exists only one approach using the 3D log scans as inputs and it is based on the iterative closest-point algorithm. In this paper, we evaluate the combination of neural network architectures (multilayer perceptron, residual network and PointNet) and log representation as input (industry know-how-based features, 2D projections, and 3D point clouds) in the context of lumber production prediction. Our study not only shows that it is possible to predict the output of a sawmill using neural networks, but also that there is value in combining industry know-how-based features and 3D point clouds in various network architectures.
Article ID: 2021L13
Publisher: Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association