Tree Radar Surveys: Revolutionising the Arboriculture Profession

Tree Root Scanning Technology for the 21st Century

We tend to see a tree and expect it to be there forever unless it gets chopped down. But in reality trees can suffer from a number of problems, and without proper care and maintenance they may not be able to remain as tall and firm as they appear to be. Many trees end up falling over as a result of compromised roots. This could be due to a number of reasons, including decay, constricted growing conditions, or severance as a result of construction works. Thus root inspections need to be carried out so as to avoid these kinds of problems as much as possible. The first and most obvious way of carrying out such inspections is by excavating. However this is a risky procedure because digging or use air guns to remove the upper soil is very invasive.

A great alternative to this is using Tree Radar. This is a non-invasive method of carrying out tree root inspections. The root location is easily found, along with its depth and layout. The layout refers to the density and the direction from the trunk. During this inspection it will also be possible to detect any pipes, ducts and cables that are beneath the ground. Tree Radar can scan through soil and grass, as well as paving, tarmac and concrete. The depth penetration is very good and it requires minimal setups and scanning. Multi-line scans can be carried out within an hour generally. One can also scan in straight lines parallel to the tree, or else in concentric circles around the tree. Even small structural roots can be detected. Thus there is no doubt that Tree Radar is the more effective and accurate tool for tree inspections. It is often referred to as a virtual excavator, and it is indeed so since it is totally non-intrusive.

Tree Radar Process. Image credit: My Wallpaper
Tree Radar Process. Image credit: My Wallpaper

Once the inspection is carried out a Tree Radar survey will need to be made. Tree Radar surveys offer a comprehensive overview of what was discovered during the inspection. These surveys are very important as a foundation for certain decisions that may need to be made. There is no denying that tree roots play a significant role in sustainable forest productivity. As a result these tree radar surveys shed some light as to how natural disturbances could have had an effect on tree productivity, carbon sequestration and other important aspects. Tree radar surveys also offer valuable information to ecologists and foresters when it comes to learning how different techniques, such as site preparation, harvesting methods, and cultural practices, might have had an effect too. Property owners where there are trees, and those who are interested in construction works at a site where trees are present, will also need the information acquired from tree radar surveys to assess the feasibility of certain projects as well as establishing protection zones during construction works. Tree radar surveys are also used by local authorities to ensure that proactive steps are taken to help urban trees thrive, since these surveys can actually shed some light to the tree health.

So evidently tree radar surveys offer a lot of valuable information to a wide spectrum of people who may be interested in the health and safeguarding of trees. The Tree Radar is an instrument that has enabled the inspections to be carried out in a whole new way, and being able to understand the structure of trees and their root mass is very helpful. Both the health as well as the structural integrity of a tree are important considerations, and they actually have an effect on various people and numerous decisions. Besides it is quite simple to carry out the tree survey. The subsurface root scans can be made and mapped in about half an hour, and through this scan it is possible to map not only the structural root density but also its location and depth. Not to mention the fact that there is no need for any trunk preparations. The trunk gets scanned in multiple elevations and that will be enough to map the decay of the trunk accurately.

Tree Radar Unit. Image credit: Utility Locating
Tree Radar Unit. Image credit: Utility Locating

The quantitative as well as graphical results that are derived from tree radar surveys are very valuable. It is important that these surveys are carried out by professional arborists and arboricultural specialists as they are best used in conjunction with other diagnostic techniques. This will lead to detailed results and a proper assessment of a tree’s health and structural integrity.