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.

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.

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.

Tree Protection Management Plans

What is a Tree Protection Plan and Why Do I Need One?

If you're planning to build something that will affect trees on your property, you'll need a Tree Protection Plan, which generally follows an Arboricultural Impact Assessment. A Tree Protection Plan is a document that outlines the steps necessary to protect trees from damage during construction. It includes a detailed report on the condition of the trees as well as a visual plan of how they will be protected.

There are many reasons to have a tree protection plan. Protecting trees during construction can help ensure their viability after construction is complete. Properly protecting trees can also help avoid costly fines and penalties. And finally, protecting established trees can create a more aesthetically pleasing finished product and add value to your property.

Who can write tree protection plans?

Only AQF Level 5 Arborists are qualified to complete Tree Protection Plans. This qualification ensures that the arborist has a strong understanding of tree biology and physiology, which is essential for completing a protection plan that meets all regulatory requirements. Canopy Consulting has a team of AQF Level 5 Arborists who are experienced in construction projects. This means you can rest assured your objectives will be met and the application and approval process will be quick and easy. Canopy Consulting collaborates with clients, designers, and builders to reduce tree impacts and allow projects to continue in accordance with best practices and cost-effective tree protection techniques.

Arboricultural Impact Assessments

What is an Arboricultural Impact Assessment and Why Do I Need One?

An Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report is an important part of any development application. This report determines how a tree may be impacted by the proposed development and includes recommendations for managing this.

If you have trees marked on your survey drawings, you will need to hire an AQF Level 5 Arborist to produce an Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report. Without this report, your development application may be declined, resulting in delays and frustration.

Why are Arboricultural Impact Assessments Required?

Arboricultural Impact Assessment Reports are important because they ensure that trees are protected during any development. The Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) is an area around a tree that needs to be kept clear of any potential damage during construction. An Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report will help to identify the TPZ and recommend measures to protect the tree.

If you are planning any development near trees, it is important to engage an Arboricultural Impact Assessment expert to avoid any damage to the trees or their root systems. Arboricultural Impact Assessments may seem like an added expense, but in the long run, they can save you time and money. Damage to a tree can often be irreparable, so it is best to take all necessary precautions from the start.

Who can write Arboricultural Impact Assessments?

Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA) are an important part of the tree protection process. Councils require a minimum AQF Level 5 arborist to complete these reports, meaning that the arborist has achieved a diploma and is skilled in tree biology and physiology.

All of Canopy Consulting's arborists have achieved this qualification, so you can rest assured that your objectives will be met and the application and approval process will be quick and easy. We have extensive experience in completing AIA's for both residential and commercial developments, so you can be confident that we know what we're doing. For more information or to get started on your AIA, get in touch with us today.