We just published a 20-page white paper of mapping for Arborists and other tree pros. It explains what tools – many free – are available now to quickly get field data and convert that to nice maps for clients. It also establishes how things like “GIS” and “CAD” files work (or don’t) with one another,[…]
Here is a 9-minute run-through of the field interface for Urban Forest Metrix, the system designed for arborists and tree care firms. This demonstration concentrates on the iPad interface elements for field technicians looking to work with trees, do mapping, conduct tree risk assessments and various other functions.
Here are a few tech accessories that have been introduced in the past year. LifeProof (www.lifeproof.com) waterproof rugged cases are starting to get built-in auxiliary batteries. This makes an iPhone (case currently available for the 6) a true 10 hour device under the most demanding conditions. We don’t know yet if they are developing for[…]
Many arborists who offer tree risk assessments are new to this sort of service offering. After having customized software to a good number of these professionals, we can now share some learnings that would help others who seek to make this a new revenue stream. About six in ten arborists that we surveyed in the[…]
A common discussion that we have with new clients regards the accuracy of tablets and smart phones. In our recent survey, lots of folks have already moved to iOS and Android apps for GPS. In fact, these apps are second only to Garmin handhelds in the field. But how does the accuracy of these devices[…]
Our friend Brian Saunders of tabletEXgear has a few new products, illustrated in the video here. We have a few of his packs ourselves, and there’s nothing better for cruising.
The Ipega waterproof iPad Mini case appears to work well, even passing the hand-it-to-your-two-year-old-in-the-bathtub test, which says something. If it can do that, it can handle forest inventories. It does not appear to be as hardy as a case as, say, the Otterbox Defender or the Griffin Survivor – both of which we’ve tested and[…]