Hume City Council

TREE HEALTH CALCULATOR - 1.0

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 4 months ago.

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Hume City Councils – Jason Summers and Alicia Fitzgerald have joined the Tree Health Calculator global team to collaborate on the single most advanced tree analytic tool in the world. This was actually the title of our meeting today.

After a brief period of trouble shooting to get signed up to Photosynq and get in invited to the TREE HEALTH CALCULATOR 1.0 we did a demonstration test of the project on two trees at the council depot.

Photosynq Team: The Issues were;

  1. A short lag time (25 min) between sign up and app working correctly
  2. iphone user not compatible
  3. Picture mode not working correctly using matt's phone with different login user
  4. Not being able to connect to Photosynq web based platform on council server

These were minor issues and we were able to collect 21 measures in around 20 minutes then used matt's laptop and cell phone hotspot to assess the data.

Alicia and Jason did a great job. I was impressed with their enthusiasm, patients and capacity to understand and engage in a platform that is a global game changer in Urban Forest management.

Alicia and Jason appear very interested in collaborating at a global scale to revolutionize Urban Forest management, and develop[ a greater understanding of tree health and develop a functional value of trees.. Hats off to you….Thank you.

Matthew.

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Sean Reed

submitted 4 months ago.

Hey Matthew, Sounds like you and the Hume City Council had a good time using the MultispeQ, and it sounds like they really understood the potential of the device, so thanks for being a good ambassador! For the future, when you have feedback from a project like this, it might be easier to see it for others if it was posted in the forums under an appropriate category. You could also email me or the support email directly. Also, we are gonna need more detailed explanations of what is going, we all saw your posts last night and had different interpretations of the problem this morning. BUT to address your issues now, I can offer some help, but you will have to expand a bit

  1. What do you mean by lag time? Until you got the email after sign up, or until the app was synced, etc.? How was the app not working correctly? Could you login, login but not see projects? Would it just crash? This is way just saying the app is not working doesn't help us diagnose your issue

  2. https://photosynq.org/faq/apps Long story short, the bluetooth module we use it not compatible with iPhone and we don't have plans at the moment of creating one.

  3. What exactly is "picture mode". I thought perhaps it meant inside the phone app, inside your project you wanted to take a picture of the tree, but were unable to. Is this what happened? Have you made it work since then? This one needs a bit more looking into and detailing

  4. This could be a local internet issue perhaps? Were you able to access other sites at the time it was not working? What does "not working" mean exactly? Trouble signing in? Viewing projects/data?

Very cool you got some City Council people to hear you out and show off your Tree Project and our instrument. Even cooler that they liked it! Keep on keeping on.

Happy Measuring,

Sean Reed

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 3 months ago.

Hi Sean, please see below answers to your questions. Sorry for the delay I have been working away.

  1. There was a lag between a photosynq (individual contributor) sign up and getting the confirmation from Photosynq. The email eventually came through to Alicia after about 10 min. Then there was an issue with when I invited Alicia to the TREE HEALTH CALCULATOR 1.0 project I included her as a collaborator and it took 10 min for the email to come through for her to log in, accept and get on the team. Not a big deal but just letting you know.

  2. Understood, there appears to be clear differences between Iphone and android people 😉 diversity is what makes the world so wonderful.

  3. Taking a picture on the TREE HEALTH CALCULATOR 1.0 project didn’t work for Jason (as he is an Iphone person 😊) Jason used my phone to collect data under his profile. Maybe there is a technical issue there??

  4. I think there are some issues with Photosynq and city council firewalls? I actually logged onto Photosynq using Jason’s city council computer and it didn’t work. Not a big deal, we just need to know this isn’t an option and need to use another computer. We used my laptop with a cell phone hotspot to make it work and access Photosynq. City council should maintain high security, so may not always work well?.

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Jason Summers

submitted 4 months ago.

Had a interesting learning curve today using the Photosynq platform to take scientific measurements of trees in the field! very exciting once we got onto the system we were taking measurements and learning about the power of this equipment and combining it with local meta data to really understand what is happening in relation to Tree health. We hope to purchase our own testing equipment soon to add more data and knowledge to the project!

Thanks Jason Summers Manager Parks Hume City Council

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 4 months ago.

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A quick snapshot of the data collected.

Jason and Alicia this is the basic data upload (Graphs) and single measure trace with Meta data that we looked over after the measures were collected.

There is much more we can do in the way of analysis and to derive management data from. As we didn't have the time to collect the soil physical measures I suspect that would help in investigating the photosynthetic function of the trees.

I look forward to further data collection with you both.

Matthew.

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Matthew Daniel

submitted 4 months ago.

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two more from the single trace measure including meta data

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Alicia Fitzgerald

submitted 4 months ago.

This is such a great tool to be able to use. It provides so much data in a short space of time. I'm looking forward to spend more time with Matt to set up a project to assess trees in specific sites. This is a very exciting time for tree analysis in Arboriculture.