Community & Environment

‘Game changing’ data for 37,000 street trees

Gathering data on our city’s 37,000 street trees is a mammoth task, but it’ll no longer be done with hordes of paper.​

That’s thanks to Field Inspector, a mobility solution which captures and records information about Council-owned trees for our City Parks Team.

It will hold information about any given tree’s age, condition, species and size, along with a photograph and comments.

Data for more than 1000 trees has already been captured in the field, with about 400 trees fully reviewed and visible through IPS and City View.

This way of recording data means no more printing of paper and double – sometimes triple – handling for our arborists.

Eventually, a tree’s history of maintenance will be recorded, so the team can identify important information, which can be used for decision-making.

Upcoming reactive and planned jobs are displayed on devices used by the team, as soon as they’re assigned to the arborists, so they can be prioritised based on the location of the arborists. This will also be displayed in IPS in real time, for desk-based users to see.

The team can also see what streets are due for inspection and plan accordingly.

Two of our arborists, Dan Rogers and Thomas May, are loving the new system. It means much less paper stashed under desks.

It also makes it easier to check whether a tree is on private or public property, in case a member of the public asks for a tree to be removed or trimmed.

Hamilton City Council Parks and Recreation Manager Maria Barrie says she’s proud of how the team have embraced technology in this field.

Ms Barrie looks forward to the system improving and streamlining how the Council manages trees for our community.

The significant size and complexity of the project makes it “a real game changer” for us.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how the project team have worked together to get us to the ‘go live’ phase.”

The Community Layer on City View is now showing the trees that have had data collected and can be viewed with this link to City View: https://maps.hamilton.govt.nz/LocalMaps/

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