Thursday, September 24, 2015

New Feature: a 100% tally plot type

You asked for a 100% tally plot type, and we listened!

Many of you have asked for this feature for tasks like timber marking or a final pre-harvest cruise, and also for some creative applications such as orchard monitoring and intensive cruising for a specific rare or invasive species.

To usher in this new functionality, we want to give you this tutorial for setting up a 100% cruise:

Select ‘100% tally’ as your plot type.
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Manually enter ‘1’ as the number of plots in the cruise.

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Then head to the woods!

You won’t have to worry about navigating to the plot center before you start cruising.  Because that plot is going to be in the center of your stand, you can just start recording from whatever point in the stand makes sense for you!

Currently, a free cruise report for a 100% tally cruise will summarize the data with a stand table and stand-level statistics. Diameter distribution figures are not available quite yet, but will be in an update coming soon!  A Premium Report for a 100% tally cruise will have all the usual summaries except for standard error estimates, because there’s only one plot in the cruise.

If you have any questions, please let us know.  We’ll be updating our free reports soon with more available figures, including distribution figures for any plot type. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Why You Need Premium Reports

When you cruise with Plot Hound, you will always have access to free reports summarizing your cruise.  SilviaTerra’s free reports include stand tables (trees per acre by species and diameter) and figures showing diameter distributions by species and species group.  All of you have to do to get those reports is go to your account on our website, where you can view and download the information.

SilviaTerra’s premium reports are available through a subscription, either monthly or annually. For a single cruiser, a premium report subscription is $50 per month, or $500 per year.  A premium reports subscription gives you an unlimited number of reports each month, with unlimited and customizable merchantability specs and a wide selection of downloadable tables to make the data work for you. We're investing heavily in building beautiful, informative reports and those improvements will be included in your subscription. The contents of our volume reports are described in more detail here.

Larger organizations may choose a professional subscription rather than a premium reports subscription.  A professional subscription allows you to manage cruisers within your organization as well as contract cruisers.  The dashboard for your organization lets you see the progress of all of your cruisers on all of their assigned cruises, so you always know what’s happening. This provides straightforward overview of your whole team - all you have to do is sign in! Professional subscriptions cover all your cruisers for just $250 per month, or $2500 per year.
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To sign up, just click on the ‘Settings’ link on your Dashboard, and then Subscription. You’ll see the available tiers, and have the ability to select, subscribe, and pay with a credit card from that page.

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If you’re part of a larger company that may be interested in custom solutions and reports tailored to your organization's needs, contact us about arranging an Enterprise solution. Some of the largest forestry companies in the nation have worked with SilviaTerra to customize Plot Hound and Canopy to simplify their workflow and get consistent, custom reports for every cruise they do, saving them lots of time and making their results much easier to understand. Premium reports make it possible to give you the best possible data so that you can make the right decisions. Sign up today!

Photo credit: Travis Pond