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Software Adoption for Forest Companies

Forest companies, large and small, need databases and software for managing their ongoing business operations. Early in my career, this meant large single-purpose software applications running on desktop computers, Enterprise software running on dedicated servers, and bulky field computers running MSDOS. Today, companies have more software options available for meeting […]

Monitor Forest Health with Satellite Imagery

Satellite imagery is a complement to GIS data in the forest industry for geospatial mapping and analyses, but new uses will continue to emerge as satellite imagery becomes more available and affordable. As a result, companies should be familiar with additional uses beyond the traditional mapping functionality that most forest […]

Machine Learning in Forestry

Machine Learning (ML) is one of the new buzz words in the field of Data Science. I see machine learning articles, tutorials, and blog posts on websites and LinkedIn almost daily. So what is it, and does it have realistic applications for the forest industry now, or is it just […]

The Forest Data Dilemma

Thanks to companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google, the modern company is familiar with terms such as “The Cloud” and “Big Data”.  With new analytical tools and faster processing capabilities, companies are rethinking their business processes to take advantage of massive amounts of public and private data that are available? But […]

Records Exist in Isolation

Records exists in isolation! That was a thought I had recently when I was given the task of organizing twenty years worth of office documents and digital files. Honestly, I had no clue where to start, how to start, or what the end result would be. So, I ended up […]

Collect Forest Data with ESRI Collector App

ESRI Collector App makes field data collection simple. And even better, the data integrates seamlessly with ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Desktop software. For those interested in collecting GIS data in the field, ESRI’s Collector app is a nice complement to the ArcGIS* platform, and the data collected is seamlessly shared […]

Investments in Forest Technology

One of my favorite forestry blogs, is the Forisk Blog by Forisk Consulting. I recently read a technology related article on their site called “Timberland Investments and the Strategic Role of Technology” by Dr. Brooks Mendell. If you haven’t read this article, then pause here and go check it out. […]