Today, more than ever, foresters are utilizing their smart devices to collect field information needed to analyze the forest. Smart phone technology is being adapted to manage and analyze the health of our forests, estimate the quality and value of trees and to help increase profits for businesses. With foresters using smart devices more and more, the number of apps designed specifically for the forest industry has grown substantially. Here are just a few.
The USFS Geospatial Management Office implemented Avenza System Inc.'s award-winning PDF Maps mobile app in order to allow fire fighters and emergency response teams to access digital maps for work in the field.
Corvallis Microtechnology, Inc. released its Virtual Tree Bucking application software, which provides loggers with the best way to utilize a tree stem for the current market.
Silvia Terra designed an app called Plot Hound, a free and simple timber cruise application that allows the user to record diameter, height, species and grade directly in the app.
Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS enables foresters to capture accurate forest feature data, like descriptions, GPS coordinates and photos.
Laser Technology, Inc. created LaserSoft® Measure, an app designed to produce defensible results for professionals across a wide variety of applications, including forestry, public works and construction. It’s programmed to work with LTI’s TruPulse lasers that have Bluetooth® communication. With this app, foresters can create projects that include tree and slope measurements with attributes, notes, and a photograph for each. Projects can be uploaded to your Dropbox account or easily emailed.
In addition to simple data collection, the Measure app can be used to send commands to the laser. With one tap, a laser can be fired remotely, or it can be changed to Distance mode, Height mode, Missing Line mode, or Angle mode. Available on the App Store or Google Play, the LaserSoft Measure app can be purchased for only $9.99. LTI’s most recently released TruPulse 200X laser rangefinder is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, whereas the other TruPulse Bluetooth model lasers used with the Measure app only communicate with Android devices.
Another measurement tool produced by Laser Technology, Inc. is the Criterion RD 1000, a timber cruising device that aids in conducting variable plot cruises, “borderline” tree determinations and the measurement of tree diameters – even heights at which a specific diameter occurs.
The measurement information from these devices can be entered into many of the apps that professionals in the forestry industry are currently adopting, making it simple to collect the detailed field measurements needed for safe, efficient and accurate evaluation.
For more information about how you can apply the LaserSoft Measure app or the Criterion RD 1000 into your workflow, call Laser Technology at 1.303.649.1000