Arborist Use Case – Tree Inventory and Inspection

Opening a Perspective on Maps as Administrative Tools

 

“GIS Cloud has allowed me to streamline the administrative side of workflow which allows me to work more effectively and provide tree care of a higher quality.” – Sean Grant


Tree Inventory and Inspection with GIS Cloud

All of those whose job is connected with managing a lot of fieldwork know that it is not easy to have a clear and updated oversight of the works without the use of good administrative tools.

Managing the care of individual plants and trees on a larger scale demands just that.

Let’s see how the Vivaldi Arborists from Sweden perfected the functioning of their projects with the help of Mobile Data Collection application, following the feedback given by arborist and group leader in Stockholm, Sean Grant.

 

CHALLENGE

Considering that fieldwork in arboriculture usually consists of short term as well as of long term projects, the needs to be addressed in day-to-day challenges vary. Taking care of one individual tree differs from the larger projects, which include carrying out tree inventories and subsequent tree care plans. On this scale, it is necessary to collect the information such as  species, vitality, risk class and tree care on daily basis.

Dealing with administrative tasks in these conditions can be very time-consuming practice and it may shift the focus from a primary goal (tree care) to secondary activities such as unnecessary paperwork. Real-time mapping applications often offer the best solutions for some of these daily burdens, being able to instantly gather, sort and analyze the data from the field. The challenge is: how to make them useful for your particular needs?

Having these problems, the Vivaldi Arborists were looking for an application which would enable them to gather the data quickly and accurately. It was necessary to have a photo database of injuries to the trees to be followed up, together with the other visual information which may prove important.

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Having the mobile devices at the disposal as the most practical tool for data collection at the moment, dependence on the GPS function alone isn’t always the best solution. In some situations the accuracy of the data may be unsatisfactory because of satellite unavailability. Vivaldi Arborists wanted to overcome these challenges and find a solution that can provide ways of improving location precision in case of poor GPS reception.

According to all the problems noted before, The Vivaldi Arborist needed a reliable map application for quick and accurate data collection, which is not dependent on the GPS function available in the mobile device, adjustable to different data formats.

 

SOLUTION

GIS Cloud offered Mobile Data Collection application, which is used by Vivaldi Arborists on a daily basis to collect tree information and pictures to be later used for pricing and planning jobs.

My work flow is much more efficient when using the GIS Cloud as a basis for my quotes and work orders and collection of all field data. I can easily find the geographic data I need regardless of when it was collected and allows me to focus more on care for the trees themselves and less on keeping track of all of the data.  – Sean Grant

The MDC application, for Vivaldi Arborists invaluable, photo function also solved the problem with accessing and sorting the great number of pictures pertaining to a specific tree. Tracking of photos ceased to be a time consuming task because attaching them to a location means you can find the spread of pictures through time in a matter of seconds.

When leaving quotes to customers I find that a picture or map in this case, speaks louder than words and with GIS Cloud I can produce maps quickly to be attached to a written quote so there is no question about what is to be carried out. This map is also used as a base to work orders so the correct work is carried out on the correct trees (important when felling trees for obvious reasons.) – Sean Grant

See for yourself how the app is customized for simplifying the overview of types of work to be performed.

The Pinpoint Tool in Mobile Data Collection guaranteed the precision of location data, hence solving the problem of dependency on GPS whose precision is determined by the current mobile device and satellite availability. (Pinpoint tool increases precision of your data because you can position pointer on the exact location and mark it down with highest accuracy.)

After we have seen how the MDC application solved the problems with using mobile devices for tree management, we can conclude with a final, sound recommendation from Sean Grant:

I can recommend GIS Cloud for those who don’t have an advanced understanding of GIS (such as those out collecting data) as it is a user-friendly platform and can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection or any mobile device with the downloaded app. I can recommend GIS Cloud where photos attached to geographic location can be helpful in keeping track of asset data. I can recommend GIS Cloud to clearly convey information to customers or employees to avoid mistakes and misunderstandings.

Interested in GIS Cloud tools for Tree Inventory And Inspection? Join our webinar scheduled for 23 of March. Register here.