are examples of the work completed by FMS, Inc., using our GPS mapping
equipment and software. Contact us today to see how we can help provide
your mapping solutions!
Site Preparation. One FMS client contracted us to map a tract
that had been mechanically site-prepared, to determine the accuracy
of their visual acreage estimate. The clear-cut area was 140 acres,
and the land manager, using a topographic map, estimated that 110
acres of the stand had been mechanically site-prepared. FMS mapped
this area, using GPS, and found that the prepared area was actually
74.5 acres, saving the client approximately $10,700 on the costs
of mechanical and chemical site preparation and planting. Needless
to say, this client has since used FMS to GPS-map all of their site-prepared
Boundaries. Some clients contracted with FMS to map and compare
boundary lines along pre-existing fences or surveys. In the example
shown, the surveyed corners were mapped and compared to an old fence.
for Chemical Site Preparation. In one of the most innovative
GPS applications to date by FMS, a client desired to chemically
site-prepare the ridgetops of the tract shown below, for tree planting.
Due to the topography, the cost of installing flight/fire lanes
would have been prohibitive; however, using the GPS system, FMS
was able to lay out the spray area for approximately 1/8 of the
cost of installing such lanes, and our map was successfully used
by the herbicide applicator's helicopter operator to spray only
the designated areas.
Audit. Some FMS clients require audits of recent tree plantings,
to verify compliance with planting standards. Mapping of audit plot
locations precisely identifies plot-centers, should audit numbers
be questioned or challenged.
Land Management. In an effort to organize mowing routes, a local
municipality contracted FMS to GPS-map areas along ditches mowed
by City crews. The maps generated by this project allowed administrators
to organize routes to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The maps
also provided valuable acreage data, allowing this City department
to request more mowing equipment. The municipal leaders were so
impressed by the usefulness of the information that they are now
considering contracting FMS to GPS-map all of the alleys within
the city for brush-control purposes.
One FMS client requested that we GPS-map the locations of trees
scheduled for removal, to aid tree-care companies with their bid
preparations. The data gathered by our GPS antenna was used to create
an aerial map, to aid in preparing inspection routes, and aerial
photographs to pinpoint the location of the trees to be removed.
Tree Inventory. As part of an overall Urban Forestry Management
Plan, one of our clients requested a map of existing street tree
locations. Combining the capabilities of the GPS and mapping software,
FMS generated a map that distinguished the planting spaces from
the existing trees. Potentially hazardous trees were also mapped,
as an added bonus.
Plans. Mapping the exact location of existing and proposed features
in a landscape plan is one of the more time-consuming aspects of
landscape design. Landscape architects are highly-trained professionals
whose time can be used much better than stretching a tape to triangulate
the locations of features. One landscape architect, after contracting
FMS to GPS-map the locations of certain features for a plan, was
very enthusiastic about the professional appearance of the finished
product, the speed of gathering and producing the map data, and
the improvement in his cost effectiveness. He also found that the
ArcView software used by FMS is compatible with the Computer Aided
Design software used in his profession.