Because Consulting Work Varies
Foresters might think they do things the way the others do, but we can assure you, they vary quite a lot in how they do their jobs. After developing Forest Metrix for 5 years, we have a system that is fast and fully functional for EVERYONE.
Given the changing demands of clients and the dynamic nature of the timber markets, you need to have flexibility, as you might want to move into a different practice area that shows growth. Certain regions’ timber markets are doing quite poorly, and foresters are thinking about other services they can provide if it becomes more difficult to move timber.
In addition to forest inventories, forest management and timber sale administration, foresters are completing forest health data surveys (non-native invasive plants, pathogens, damage), natural resource inventory – such as conservation easement baseline monitoring, even carbon cruising and custom projects for large organizations. Thankfully, Forest Metrix allows for so much flexibility that you can satisfy all of these needs in a single program.
Not only are they expensive, but the hardware platform and Windows Mobile operating system is so inaccessible to most foresters that the device often sits in a drawer.
Forest Metrix PRO is straightforward and easy to learn. It offers easy touch screen data entry and simple language. There are no hidden menus or complex functions, and no need to be a technology expert. Help buttons are everywhere, and clients tell us our documentation is great. You can set up in about 5 minutes and most users become comfortable with the program in about a half hour. One or two cruises is all it takes to become fluent. In other words, the transition to Forest Metrix PRO is smoother than ever.
How Forest Metrix works:
Forest Metrix is a database that runs on Apple iPads or iPhones, or on a Mac or Windows 7/8/10 machine. All of the data entry and analysis happens here. Optionally, with the Pro Plus package you receive the Excel Report Engine. Following the onboard cruise analysis, an Excel spreadsheet of the timber data gets emailed to your desktop, and you open the Forest Metrix Report Engine. This Excel workbook is a bunch of code that imports your data and creates a series of reports and pivot tables. These can be published as-is, or manipulated by the user to perform pretty much any sort of filtering, sorting, and analysis. In addition to the Forest Metrix reports, all of your data can be exported in .xls, .csv, .tab, or .kml (GIS) files, making the program extremely easy to use in conjunction with other programs. There is no black box.
Additionally, FileMaker software is available for every desktop operating system. This means that you can set up cruise files and templates in the office, and emailthese cruises directly to your iPad or iPhone, or that of your devices that might be deployed with your partners. Cruise files can be backed up to the cloud whenever you have internet access (using Dropbox, for instance), and users can still use wired connections to move files from their device to the desktop, if wireless internet access is limited.
In only 5 short years, Forest Metrix has been deployed with more than 600 users in 38 states and a few other countries. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a brief live demo over the web to see if Forest Metrix is a good fit for you, or download a trial version.
Get Free Trial of Forest Metrix PRO
PRO LicenseBilled Annually
- Includes 1 mobile license and 1 desktop license of Forest Metrix PRO, with full onboard reporting capabilities
PRO Plus LicenseBilled Annually
- Includes the PRO package, plus the Excel Report Engine for the Desktop
Legacy UpgradeBilled Annually
- Legacy Forest Metrix users can upgrade to Forest Metrix PRO for half price.