What is LandPlanner?
LandPlanner is a secure, web-based, on and off-line productivity-enhancement system geared for resource managers and their teams in the office and in the field. Any user with a PC, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection can connect and interact with maps and information. With everyone sharing the same data, productivity takes a giant step forward.
The system consists of Esri Collector for field use (data collection, recce etc.) running on a tablet or smartphone and a webmap accessed through a browser on any internet-connected computer. Both of these tools connect to a single, shared database. Users select the data layers that are relevant to their project(s).
LandPlanner was developed to give all of our staff access to LiDAR information that we were acquiring for our resource management operations. Adding other resource management datasets resulted in a flexible and responsive system that our team could use both in the field and in the office.
It has improved Chartwell’s productivity so much that we’re making it available to our clients. Now, our field crews work in the field with all of the layers that they need and any edits, additions and deletions that they make are uploaded when they are back in range. Our Project Managers can see what work has been done each day. Confusion is almost eliminated because everybody is looking working with the same information. Yours can, too.
How Does LandPlanner Work?
As an example, a planner can open the webmap in the office and do a little “office recce” – look at the terrain in relation to the areas of tall timber, existing roads and OGMA. He could just as easily do this at home or in a motel because no data or specialized software are needed, just an internet connection. Next, he might use the Profile widget to test a potential road alignment. If it looks good, he might use the Harvest Type and VRI Volumes widgets to get an idea of the volumes by species he could expect to harvest by ground and cable methods from that potential road alignment. Then, he could export the data or print maps for others.
With Collector, he take this data into the field or send a crew to verify the road alignment and check the species and grade of the timber. They can change edit the road and the potential blocks as needed, take photos and make notes – all of which will be uploaded to the database once they connect to the internet again. When that happens, the planner can see exactly what was done in the field, view the photos and read the notes.
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