The contract includes customizing Forest Metrix’s commercial interface to suit the unique needs of the state and equipping the state foresters with ruggedized iPad Minis. The customization is to be completed by early spring, with Massachusetts’s staff using the system in the woods this field season. Modules are being developed for conventional timber cruising and sale prep, the Continuous Forest Inventory program, and the Forest Health division. The DCR Bureau of Forestry manages more than 300,000 acres of state land.
In addition to its’ internal comprehensive forest stand analysis, Forest Metrix can be used in tandem with U.S. Forestry Service programs such as NED and SILVAH, which makes it unique in the forestry software sector. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts already takes advantage of some of these USFS software options.
The Forest Metrix platform allows for a more automated data collection process in the field, taking advantage of the power now found in tablets and other mobile devices to calculate stand statistics and reports in the field. This immediate feedback mechanism helps foresters and field staff make strategic decisions about their data collection activities.
Forest Metrix launched a year ago, serving industrial timber companies, consulting foresters and institutional forestry concerns. It has grown to a staff of six and has clients extending across the United States and internationally, including most recently, Australia.
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