Project Arborist Services

What are Project Arborist Services?

Project arborists provide supervision and certification during the construction process. They are skilled, experienced professionals who have a diploma in Arboriculture, known as AQF Level 5. Project arborists are important for ensuring that the construction process does not damage or disturb the surrounding trees. In many cases, project arborists are required by councils to prepare reports and certifications on the condition of trees before, during, and after construction.

Why Are Project Arborists Important?

If you are planning to retain trees in your landscape design, it is important to have a project arborist involved. Project arborists can help ensure that the trees are not damaged during construction, which can save you time and money in the long run.

Trees that are damaged during construction can often be beyond repair and may need to be removed. This can result in fines and breaches of the Development Application (DA), which can cause delays and additional costs. Project arborists can help avoid these problems by ensuring that the trees are treated carefully during construction.

Why should you choose Canopy Consulting as your Project Arborist?

Choosing the right project arborist can be a daunting task. When making this decision, there are many things to consider, such as experience, cost, and references. Canopy Consulting understands that, as a builder or developer, time is a premium. We also understand the red tape that can be imposed on a construction process and can help guide you through tree management during this.

Our team has many years of experience in the industry, and we are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible service. We offer competitive rates and have an extensive list of references from happy clients. If you're looking for a reliable, experienced project arborist, contact Canopy Consulting today.

Tree Condition Reports

Canopy Consulting provides detailed tree condition reports and can incorporate any concerns you may have in relation to the health or condition of your tree.

A tree condition report can help you understand the current health of your tree and identify any potential issues that may need to be addressed. Canopy Consulting's team of experts can provide you with a comprehensive report that includes information on the following:

Tree Inventories

When it comes to trees, one size definitely does not fit all. That's why tree inventories are so important – they allow arborists to tailor their management recommendations to the specific needs of each tree and property.

An inventory begins with a detailed assessment of the site, including an evaluation of the condition of each tree. This information is then used to create a list of recommended actions for each tree.

Management recommendations may include anything from pruning and fertilizing to cabling and bracing. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove a tree entirely. The cost of implementing these recommendations will vary depending on the size and condition of the trees involved. Arborists at Canopy Consulting can provide estimated budgets for each tree to assist with yearly maintenance and budget management.

Strategic Reports

Trees make a highly valuable contribution to the amenity and environment of a site or LGA. Mature trees of all species add a sense of heritage, value, and prestige to the site and its precincts. They give landscapes shade, amenity, and scale when combined with other landscape design and heritage elements.

Trees also provide several species of birds, animals, insects, and understory plants and shrubs on site with these advantages. They also provide numerous other benefits, such as helping to cool the atmosphere, reduce wind speeds, reduce stormwater run-off, and reduce salinity and soil erosion.

For all of these reasons, maintaining a healthy, varied, and continuing tree population over time is an important long-term planning component to ensure that a site or LGA retains its ecological, social, economic, and cultural significance.

What are tree management plans?

A Tree Management Plan (TMP) is a document that outlines the specific actions that will be taken to manage a tree or urban forest. The TMP includes an assessment of the trees in the area, the goals for managing the trees, and the steps that will be taken to achieve those goals.

We can assess and drill down on gathered tree data in order to meet or surpass set canopy goals, as well as provide a comprehensive approach to tree species selection and management to our clients.

Why would I need a tree management plan or urban forest strategy?

There are many reasons why you might want to develop a tree management plan. Perhaps you are responsible for maintaining a park or street trees in an urban area. Maybe you are a landowner with acres of forestland that you want to protect and enhance. Or maybe you are just concerned about the health of the trees on your property.

No matter what the reason, a Tree Management Plan or Urban Forest Strategy can help you achieve your goals. The plan will help you to:

An urban forest is a collection of trees and other plants in an urban area. Urban forests can provide many benefits, such as reducing energy use, improving air quality, and reducing stormwater runoff.

A successful urban forest strategy will include four key components: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation and maintenance.

The first step in developing an urban forest strategy is to assess the current state of the urban forest. This includes evaluating the size and composition of a tree population, as well as the health of the trees.

Once the assessment is complete, the next step is to develop a plan for managing the urban forest. The plan should include goals for the urban forest and identify the steps needed to achieve those goals.

The third step is to implement the plan. This includes putting in place the necessary policies and procedures, as well as funding and staffing requirements.

The final step is to evaluate and maintain the urban forest. This includes monitoring the progress of the strategy, adjusting it as needed, and ensuring that it remains effective over time. Developing a tree management plan or an urban forest strategy can be a complex process, but it is well worth the effort. These plans can help you protect and enhance the trees within your government area or property and can provide many benefits for the community.

Tree surveys

What is a Tree Survey?

A Tree Survey, also known as Tree Mapping, is the process of documenting all the trees within a designated area. This includes surveying and assessing the tree population, numbering and tagging each tree, and collecting data on each one. The aim of this stage is to create an accurate map of the tree population within the area. Once all the relevant data has been collected, the Tree Survey report can be prepared.

What will be included in a tree survey report?

The Tree Survey report will include a variety of data on the trees within the area. Canopy Consulting can completely customise the data collection fields to assist with understanding any number of issues on site. This can include the botanical name, height, canopy spread, age class, tree significance, useful life expectancy, and priority for retention. The tree location plan will also be included in the Tree Survey report, which will show the location of each tree within the area.

The information collected during the mapping stage is used to assess the overall health, condition, and quality of trees in the area. It can also be used to help make decisions about future tree planting and management. If you are interested in having a tree survey carried out in your area, or if you would like more information, please get in touch with us.

Sonic Tomography

What is sonic tomography?

Sonic tomography is a technology that uses sound waves to detect decay and cavities inside standing trees. Canopy Consulting uses sonic tomography devices to create two-or three-dimensional images of a tree's internal structure. The images can help us identify and quantify areas of a tree that are damaged or decayed and are at risk of failure. Sonic tomography should not be relied upon as the only factor when making decisions about tree removal or pruning. However, when used in combination with other information, sonic tomography can be a very valuable tool for arborists.

What is Included in a Sonic Tomograph Report?

When we conduct a sonic tomography scan on a tree, we compile a report that includes the results of the scan. This report can help identify any potential risks that the tree may pose to people or property and will include a risk assessment of the test location. The report will also include information on the health of the tree, including damage that may not be visible to the naked eye.

It is also important to keep in mind that the report is only as good as the data collected by the arborist during the scan. Canopy Consulting arborists are experienced in the use of and trained by Argus, the manufacturer of the PiCUS sonic tomograph, so you can rest assured you will be getting the best possible information.

Aerial Assessments

Trees come in different sizes and shapes. But when it comes to big trees, conducting a ground-level assessment may not always be enough. Many arborists and tree inspectors frequently require aerial assessments to be completed to collect data and images of tree features or faults, and potentially wildlife and habitat, where they cannot confidently be inspected or verified from ground level.

The types of features which may be inspected include wounds, cavities, areas of bird browsing, unions with included bark, co-dominant stems, fungal fruiting bodies, or cracked branches.

The presence of these features of faults may reduce the structure of the tree and increase the likelihood of failure, and potentially the risk posed. In some instances, these features or faults cannot be managed with pruning or target exclusion recommendations that may be made during a ground-based assessment.

The International Society of Arboriculture defines this as a Level 3 Advanced Assessment. These assessments are normally conducted after a ground-based assessment has been completed. They are performed to provide detailed information about specific tree parts, defects, targets, or site conditions.

Aerial assessments are typically only carried out on trees large enough to preclude a thorough inspection from ground level. Trees requiring this additional investigation are, by virtue of their size, likely to provide a mix of significant benefits, whether amenity, ecological or for wildlife, and hence, should warrant the additional expense which may be incurred by completing a more detailed assessment.

What’s involved in an aerial assessment?

Aerial assessments can be conducted from an elevated work platform (EWP), an adjacent building, via drone, or by climbing a tree. We find the latter to provide the best results as the aerial operative can closely inspect, measure, and probe the feature or fault. This results in better data, which translates into better decision-making for the management of the tree.

What should be provided in the aerial assessment report?

The content and quality of aerial assessment reports vary. At Canopy Consulting, we provide the following:

Why choose Canopy Consulting?

Many consulting arborists (AQF5) are not able to provide aerial assessment services via tree climbing and may rely on trade level AQF3 arborists for data capture. This often leads to misinterpretation of the structural issue or miscommunication between the aerial operative and the arborist.

When you partner with Canopy Consulting, we have extensive tree climbing experience and are able to provide detailed assessments and reporting for concerns you may have about your tree or to verify the concerns of a ground-based assessment.

Resistance Drill Testing

Internal decay in trees and palms is common, and it can increase the chance of failure. This can happen as a result of disease, fungal rot, or even animals, resulting in damage or loss of woody tissue that reduces the tree's cross-sectional strength. Decay does not necessarily indicate that a tree will fail; rather, the manner in which it breaks is determined by a variety of factors. As a result, it's critical to consult with knowledgeable and qualified arborists to ensure that human life, infrastructure, and the surrounding environment are protected against excessive risk.

There are many ways that an arborist can assess a tree. One common practice is to complete a tree survey or conduct a risk assessment on each individual tree to identify potential risks or diagnose any existing issues or diseases that may result in an increased likelihood of failure. The International Society of Arboriculture classifies this as a ‘Level 2: Basic risk assessment.'

However, in some instances, visual assessments have limitations. Technical instruments are therefore used to detect, quantify, and map internal decay. Common practice to detect decay and cavities in trees and timber is through Resistance Drilling. This is known as a ‘Level 3: Advanced Assessment.’

We use specialised resistance drilling equipment known as an IML RESI PD-400. The IML-RESI PowerDrill ® PD-400 is an electronic resistance drill that drives a small diameter (3mm) spade bit to a maximum depth of 400mm into a tree. As the bit penetrates, the drill’s resistance is simultaneously plotted as a graphic profile which is used to determine the internal strength of the wood. From this, we can create a "map" of internal decay—a visual representation of what is occurring inside the tree. This information is overlaid with specific site and tree characteristics so we can provide an educated assessment of the likelihood of failure at the test location. Each cross-section that is tested is risk assessed using the internationally recognised tree risk assessment method developed by the International Society of Arboriculture known as TRAQ.

Tree Risk Assessments

What is Tree Risk Assessment?

Tree Risk Assessment (TRA) is a systematic process for evaluating potential risks to trees and people. The purpose of the assessment is to provide guidance to the landowner or property manager on how to manage trees and other vegetation in order to minimise risks.

Risks that can be evaluated during a Tree Risk Assessment include:

Why do you need a Tree Risk Assessment?

Trees are an important part of our environment and play a crucial role in our communities. However, like any other object, trees can pose a risk to people and property if they are not healthy, well maintained or structurally sound. That's why it's important to do a tree risk assessment—to identify any potential hazards and come up with recommendations on how best to mitigate the risk.

A Tree Risk Assessment is beneficial not only for homeowners and businesses but also for municipalities and public works departments. By identifying potential risks posed by trees, these entities can develop policies and procedures to help manage those risks.

How does Canopy Consulting conduct Tree Risk Assessments?

Each tree is tagged with a numbered weatherproof tag that is used to numerically identify the tree that corresponds to a map and schedule that we provide with our reports.

We plot each tree using GIS-based software that captures tree attributes such as DBH, height, spread, useful life expectancy, observations, and recommendations to manage risk effectively.

We use the industry-recognised TRAQ tree risk assessment method in our reports. We are also trained in QTRA and VALID tree risk assessment methods, so rest assured with our experience. All collected data is analysed and overlaid with government planning and mapping tools to ensure you have the most holistic and current appraisal on your site. Tree risk assessments are an important part of effective urban forest management, and Canopy Consulting is proud to offer this valuable service. For more information or to schedule a tree risk assessment, please contact us today.

Root Investigation and Mapping

What is root investigation and mapping?

Root investigation and mapping is the process of investigating the root structure of a tree or group of trees. This is done in order to determine the size, location, and extent of the roots. This information can be used to help preserve trees when development is in close proximity, as well as to diagnose problems with trees that may be causing damage to buildings or infrastructure.

Why is tree root investigation and mapping important?

When it comes to understanding the health of a tree, the root system is just as important as the branches and leaves. Tree root investigation and mapping can help identify any potential problems with a tree's roots, such as damage, decay, or obstruction. This information can then be used to make decisions about how to best care for the tree.

Mapping a tree's root system can also be helpful in planning for future construction projects. For example, if you know where a tree's major roots are located, you can avoid digging near them when you're working on a new project or construct around them using tree-sensitive methods. This can help minimise damage to the tree and prevent costly repairs later on.