In March 2015, Silvacom began work on the third phase of the Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) project. The goal of this new phase is to enhance and ready the BRIMS database and the geospatial web application for operational rollout. To ensure BRIMS remains state-of-the-art, significant effort will be placed on making it the most comprehensive ecosystem services database available, including biomass. In addition, custom-built tools will be developed in the web application so the user can generate tailor-made, highly detailed prospectus reports.
Launching the Third Phase
We kicked off this new phase by enhancing data inputs and refining calculations for each of the pools identified as part of the biomass portion in the BRIMS database framework. These pools include:
- Crop residue;
- Livestock manure and processing waste;
- Forestry harvest and processing residue;
- Organic and other useable biomass received at landfills; and
- Other ecosystem services data.
The Biomass Constituents Update
Another phase three update to BRIMS will allow for the estimated breakdown of available biomass into biomass constituents, which are the different useable components of a biomass source. For example, we will have the ability to breakdown the availability of constituents such as lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose in wood. Cellulose is primarily used to produce paper, however a user may also be interested in the quantity of cellulose available in wood, as it can be used to produce biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol. A better understanding of the availability of various biomass components gives potential biomass users superior information unavailable elsewhere and will assist in making investment decisions in the biomass economy.
As we continue with each phase of BRIMS, we continually look for new ways to provide the best possible investment-grade data. Watch out for future updates on how BRIMS is moving forward.
For more information on previous phases of BRIMS, please read our previous blog post:
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