TreeCapture is a field-based digital tree management survey system which is used to capture and maintain a spatial database of trees and tree works plus provide arboriculture monitoring. Field crews carry handheld computers displaying a clickable map of the city or district. This map displays streets, property boundaries and addresses, parks, and trees. Once the information has been gathered in the field it is then transferred to a central database where the information can be customized to your application.
We have recently completed a survey of approximately 1700 trees in and around the Whenuapai Royal Air Force Base. Each individual tree is given an identification number and then classified under several criteria, under which intelligent searches can be carried out in a common format. For example, out of 1700 trees, some may have grown into power lines and need pruning. One simple search can provide the exact locality of all necessary pruning, the urgency of works, estimated cost, and ease of dispatch to maintenance crews. As works are being carried out the survey can continually be updated so that your survey always remains current and therefore valuable.
Storm Damage/ Insurance claims
Winds blow and trees fall over – such has been the way for aeons past. Luckily, since people decided to plant trees close enough to fall on their dwellings the hydraulic crane was invented. If a tree falls on your house or across your driveway we will do our best and bring our hydraulic crane to your place and help you out – for a fee of course.
Just a note of caution – be clear about what your insurance company will cover in the event that a tree falls. Often they will only pay to remove part of the tree depending on what it is laying on. One more thing, if you know a tree is dangerous, from an insurance perspective it is your responsibility to do something about it – not your insurer
Council / Arborist Reports
Since the 1st of January 2012 and the evolving of four councils into one, there have been many changes to the tree laws in Auckland. The Policy now is to “Check before you Chop”.
Basically, prior to the 1st of 2012 trees were protected by size and species. Now, changes are in place to protect trees in some areas and relax tree protection rules in others.
So, if your unsure about the pruning or removing a given tree finding out is as easy as picking up the phone and talking to the planning help desk @ Auckland City Council. 09 379 2020.
Scheduled Trees here is a link to the list of Scheduled trees which came into effect on the 1st of January 2012.
And for more information, click the following link to the council website for a more in-depth update on the changes to Auckland’s tree laws