Atterbury Consultants, Inc.

Toby Explains the TruPulse Laser Rangefinder Toby Atterbury, the instructor, explains the use of a laser rangefinder

Atterbury Consultants has had, over time, more than 2000 foresters attend the Professional Timber Cruising Seminar. Many attendees have found it beneficial to attend the Professional Timber Cruising Seminar every 3 to 5 years as a way to keep current with cruising methods and to see the latest in forestry equipment and software.

Comments from past participants:

"I really enjoyed this seminar; you have an excellent way of doing business."
David Bishop, Forester, USFS, McKenzie Ranger District

"This seminar will help me to take a much more professional attitude towards my work. I also look forward to implementing what I've learned here on my job next week."
Kevin Stowe, Forester, Rellim Redwood Company

Please bring field gear and equipment you would normally use on a timber cruising job; i.e. proper field clothing and instruments such as relaskop, rangefinder and diameter tape (if you have them). The use of this equipment will be covered in both the indoor and field sessions.

Professional Timber Cruising With SuperACE

This seminar is designed for timber cruisers and forestland managers that want to increase the productivity, accuracy, and usefulness of their timber cruises and forest inventory.

This is a practical, hands-on seminar with information on timber cruising, sampling methods, planning, mapping, computer use, and appraisals. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and have a dialogue with the instructors.

We have added an optional third field day to this seminar! It will only cost an additional $50.00 to enroll for the third day! Please see agenda below for third day description.

Day 1

8:00 am Introduction
8:30 am Tools of the Trade
9:00 am Mapping, GIS, GPS
10:00 am Planning the Cruise/inventory
10:15 am Field Session
12:00 Noon Working Lunch (Included)
12:30 pm Data Recorders
1:30 pm Cruise Design
2:15 pm Sampling Methods
3:00 pm Sampling Intensity
5:00 pm Adjourn for the day

Day 2

8:00 am Sampling Intensity (Continued and Review)
8:30 am SuperACE: Opening Menu - Review
9:00 am Recording Data in SuperACE and Pocket SuperEASY
10:15 am Log Scaling and Grading
11:30 am Downloading data from Data Recorders
12:00 Noon Lunch (Included)
1:00 pm Timber Cruise and Forest Inventory Reporting
2:00 pm Cruise Reports
3:00 pm Quality
5:00 pm Adjourn

Day 3 Field (Optional)

* Use GPS/ArcPAD to navigate to plots.
* Go over proper tree measurements and check student measurements.
* Grade and sort logs.
* Determine log lengths for specific trees.
* Apply defect, scaling deductions and bucking breaks.
* Look at potential for breakage based on tree, topography and falling conditions.
* Record variable plots, fixed radius plots and strip cruise.
* Use all Pocket SuperEASY functions on data collectors.
* Look at what makes a cruiser accurate and efficient.

The Day 3 field session will be held near Darrington in real forest conditions. Transportation and lunch are not included for Day 3.

Emphasis will be on how to use the latest technology to get the job done in the most professional manner possible.

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Seminar Goals
  • Improve Scale to Cruise Comparisons (Cut-outs)
  • Increase Speed and Accuracy Using Lasers, Relaskops, and the RD-1000
  • Design the Best Cruise and Select the Best Sampling System for Each Situation
  • Know When to Estimate and When to Measure
  • Tie Cruising to Decision Making
Seminar Benefits
  • Make Better Project Decisions
  • Reduce Business Risk
  • Learn about the Latest in GPS, Mapping, and Imagery Technology
  • Improve Efficiency by Becoming Aware of Common Mistakes

A printableregistration form can be found here.

E-mail Diane Sandefur for more information