Redefining forest technology means rethinking forest technology from the ground up. More than ever, forestry is a data driven business: many of us are seeing a steady in increase in demand for data, analytics, reports and maps. However, many of the technologies currently in use in our industry are too hard to use, near end of life, and don’t easily integrate with each other. Maybe you've experienced where a software seems very economical to buy initially, but takes a ton of labor time to meet organizational needs?
The rapid pace of business today and a lean workforce means foresters can't manage applications and technology at the expense of getting timely and accurate information on forest assets. Are you managing plot IDs so you can manuually relate your data? Are you sending shapefiles around using email? Today it's feasible to complete big cruises without ever touching a file, having to configure rugged devices, or merge data from cruisers. We’ve been working hard to dramatically streamline timber cruising and environmental field sampling so subject matter experts can collect data, not manage technology and data. Within our ongoing effort for Redefining Forest Technology, see our latest field solution called Prism. There’s nothing else like Prism - it’s actually fun to use. Our foresters have been using it to simplify and streamline everything that goes into collecting field data, whether for a survival check, sale cruise or wildlife inventory.
Why is GIS Mapping so important for Forest Management?
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) also called geospatial technology is extremely powerful for dealing with location-based assets of all types. In the sections linked below, we discuss some of the interesting reasons why GIS is used in every aspect of forest management.
For us, GIS is much more than just maps and desktop software. We use enterprise level web GIS for real estate, forestry, ecological services projects in the office and in the field.
Loggers and site preparation applicators we work with are experiencing increased information demands from many sources including landowners and clients. Forest Certification systems like SFI and FSC require increased operational visibility and accountability which are best met by high quality location based data. To meet landowners demands, manage changes in daily operational priorities - all while maintaining production - means providing teams a common source of information accessible by the modern devices we all carry in our pockets while working. Read on to learn how organizations can use off the shelf solutions to provide teams a “Single Version of the Truth” (SVOT) for operations. Shift from paper maps, hand notes and text messages to a world where everyone knows where accurate and real time authoritative information can be accessed from any device. Look up current timber sales or treatment block maps along with any key business information being tracked on those assets. We support numerous forestry and wood products organizations with easy to use tools like Op TrackerTM which are proven to make a positive impact on the bottom line.
How We Help
As information demands steadily increase in the forestry and wood products businesses, we often find that traditional desktop tools like spreadsheets fall short when project complexity rises. We partner with organizations of all sizes to provide access to modern, powerful computing platforms which provide a real-time, common operating picture with minimal code, need for onsite infrastructure or staff with technical expertise.
If you found the last time you bought forest technology required you to get into managing software, complex data or moving information between a bunch of different vendor solutions, reach out to us. The options for forestry technology have changed (but most consultants and providers have not). Our team has a proven approach for giving you simpler to use tools which keep you out of the tech business so you can remain focused on your core mission of natural resource management.