Forest Metrix

Forest Metrix

Smartphone based forest inventory management software

4.4/5 (12 reviews)

Forest Metrix Overview

Forest Metrix is primarily a smartphone and tablet based forest data collection software that enables users to keep a track of forest, tree, or ecological inventories. The software caters to the needs of individual professionals such as foresters and wildlife biologists, as well as for organizations including educational institutions, REITs, timber investment management organizations (TIMOs), paper companies, and state agencies.

The product is based on a modular architecture and is composed of two main modules serving different customer segments. The forestry systems module is primarily a forest inventory management software offering features such as dynamic interfaces that change as per the user’s cruise methods, viewing of results and the contribution of parameters such as sampling error or species contribution right at the project site, and creation of customizable interfaces with user deciding on the parameters that should be included. The arboriculture systems module caters to the needs of tree cultivation professionals and offers functionalities such as providing a multi-visit record system that can be used to diagnose and prescribe treatment or automate scheduling, making risk assessment easier with form copying, cost accounting and automated data look-ups, and GIS based mapping. The software also offers excel based reports that allows users to analyze data by using pivots and excel based charts.

Forest Metrix can also be accessed on Windows based desktops and iOS based smartphone and tablets. The product does not yet offer an Android version. Some key customers of Forest Metrix include the state administrations of Massachusetts and Kentucky, Universities such as UMass Amherst, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Penn Tech, and enterprises including Rawlings Consulting Forestry, Glatfelter and Plum Creek.

Pricing

Starting from
US$1 959,00
Pricing options
Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Forest Metrix Reviews

Overall rating
4.4/5
83% positive reviews
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Jacob T.

Great features, easy to use, great quality, and customer support is excellent.

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/02/16
Review Source: Capterra

It has helped save time in the office. I can calculate everything right in the field with the tap of a finger. Even estimated values of the timber.

Pros

So many features and functions, and after playing with it, to get to know the software, very easy to use. And you can use it on your ipad, which is great with mapping apps and built in gps.

Cons

It takes a few trial runs to get to know the software, which it does with any new piece of equipment. Some of the excel reports might scare you at first, but they can be customized to fit your needs.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Patrick H.

This software has saved me a lot of time from woods to office. It has everything that I need.

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/02/16
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

It has everything you need in a forestry software and the fact that you can use it on a device like and iPad of iPhone that you can use outside of forestry makes it that much more useful. It is very simple to use and accomplish all of my goals and it is a very good program to use. Very nice user interface on a big screen.

Cons

The only downside is the gps capability. It is by no means bad, but I find I need to use another gps to accomplish everything I would need a gps to do. The gps functionality is limited to the inventory. I have had no issues getting gps data off of the software.

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Dana D.

very intuitive software. I really like the fact that it is used on an iphone app!

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/02/15
Review Source: Capterra

Saves time with data processing

Pros

Great product for a reasonable price. The fact that it is an app on the iphone means I don't have to purchase an additional hand held data collector.

Cons

I wish I could save templates for common reports that I write. I have to paste data into excel spreadsheets every time I prepare reports

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Charles C.

I've used Forest Metrix as. Consulting Forester for 4 years. I consider it an excellent investment.

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/02/08
Review Source: Capterra

Able to keep all timber cruising services in house. No need to farm out this service...regardless of size of land base. 10 acres and up. Everything I need to setup a cruise is on my tablet (Ipad) no need to plan a cruise entirely in the office..can setup. software and cruise on the fly.

Pros

Ease of use for inclusion of graphs and tables into forest management plans. Excellent customer service. On the fly stats tell me when I've collected enough cruise points to satisfy requirements landowner or governing entities.

Cons

Any issues have been easilly rectified with customer service. Makes it hard when out in the field and experience an issue.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Verified Reviewer

Best option for WYSIWYG

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2018/08/16
Review Source: Capterra

WYSIWYG coding is really tricky, and I think they still have plenty of bugs to work out. Overall though, it's a good option for small nonprofits. I wouldn't use it if I had any budget to hire a real designer unless they knew how to go in there and code things so I could just use the user-friendly interface.

Pros

You can make really attractive, professional-looking websites without much design experience. They have some really good templates.

Cons

It's hard to make any changes to the templates, and it can be hard to figure out how the templates work and finagling them to make your site look as good as the demo. You can't change things like header photo size, which I want control over. And as you're making changes to your site with a new template, it publishes all of those changes to the current live site even though it says it won't.

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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Forest Metrix Pricing

Starting from
US$1 959,00
Pricing options
Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Education
• $1,959 annual license for unlimited users

Professional
• $2,159 one-time for unlimited users
o $299 optional annual service contract
o $400 - $1,000 optional report customization
o $600 optional custom interface and volume formula programming
Agency
• Contact Forest Metrix for pricing information or a quote.

Forest Metrix Features

  • Auditing
  • Custom Fields
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Inventory Tracking

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Compliance Management
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Storage
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Management
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Third Party Integration
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for Forest Metrix

Key features of Forest Metrix

  • Automate scheduling
  • Baseline monitoring
  • Best management practice audits interface
  • Contract management
  • Cost accounting
  • Custom inventory interface
  • Customer relationship management
  • Customizable fields as per user’s requirement
  • Data collection & analysis interfaces
  • Dynamic interfaces based on cruise methods
  • Flexible tables & graphs
  • GPS enabled
  • Generate maps on the fly
  • Harvest management
  • Multi-visit record system
  • Offers custom reports
  • Offers data look-ups
  • Pricing management
  • Production tracking
  • Risk assessment

Benefits

● Forest Metrix offers customizable tablet and smartphone based apps. for managing forest, tree, and ecological inventories.

● The product allows data collection & entry through iPhones and iPads, with customized value lists for products, species, and height increments.

● The software produces excel based reports that allows forestry professionals to analyze data through pivots and charts.

● Forest Metrix has a modular architecture where the forestry systems module is primarily a forest inventory management software, while the arboriculture systems module caters to the needs of tree cultivation professionals.

● The product offers a license based pricing system; a one-time license to professionals; and an annually renewable license to educational institutions.

Forest Metrix FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Forest Metrix.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Forest Metrix offer?

Forest Metrix offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$1 959,00

Pricing model: One Time License, Subscription

Free Trial: Not Available

Education
• $1,959 annual license for unlimited users

Professional
• $2,159 one-time for unlimited users
o $299 optional annual service contract
o $400 - $1,000 optional report customization
o $600 optional custom interface and volume formula programming
Agency
• Contact Forest Metrix for pricing information or a quote.

Q. What are the main features of Forest Metrix?

Forest Metrix offers the following features:

  • Automate scheduling
  • Baseline monitoring
  • Best management practice audits interface
  • Contract management
  • Cost accounting
  • Custom inventory interface
  • Customer relationship management
  • Customizable fields as per user’s requirement
  • Data collection & analysis interfaces
  • Dynamic interfaces based on cruise methods
  • Flexible tables & graphs
  • GPS enabled
  • Generate maps on the fly
  • Harvest management
  • Multi-visit record system
  • Offers custom reports
  • Offers data look-ups
  • Pricing management
  • Production tracking
  • Risk assessment

Q. Who are the typical users of Forest Metrix?

Forest Metrix has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Forest Metrix support?

Forest Metrix supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Forest Metrix offer?

Forest Metrix has the following pricing plans:

One Time License, Subscription

Q. Does Forest Metrix support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Forest Metrix supports

Q. What other apps does Forest Metrix integrate with?

Forest Metrix integrates with the following applications:

G Suite

Q. What level of support does Forest Metrix offer?

Forest Metrix offers the following support options:

Online Support, Phone Support