GCS worked with Montana DNRC to create a NextGen Cruising application based on ArcGIS Enterprise concepts and architecture. NextGen Cruising app is a web-application based “cruise design and reporting” interface. Plot allocation, data validation, and compilation is done via Python Geoprocessing modules published as a service. The “system” uses either an ArcGIS Portal to manage hosted services and web maps used for offline, field data collection using ArcGIS Collector. Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) manages timber assets on over 700,000 acres of School Trust Lands. GCS developed a solution to allow timber inventory to be accomplished internally through field data devices, GIS and server-based data systems. GCS developed a custom Esri Collector for ArcGIS application running on Apple iPads for timber cruise designs and data compilation, all integrated with a customized ArcGIS Online web application called NextGen Cruiser. The management of Montana’s forested trust lands is to maximize long-term revenue while promoting healthy and diverse forests. Revenue from forested trust lands is mainly derived from the sale of forest products. GCS’s custom tools have allowed DNRC to meets its legislative mandate to maintain inventory of forested trust lands and meet harvest volume goals.
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