Our latest piece of equipment for detailed tree inspection leads the way in the assessment of tree fracture stability. The tree consultants at Thinktrees Ltd. have been using sonic tomography to map decay in trees for several years, with the help of the Picus Sonic Tomograph. Although this equipment can be very accurate and produces a recognisable and easily interpreted tomogram, it is limited in terms of assessing the fracture stability of stems.
The advantage of the Arbotom is its ability to calculate the section modulus (a geometric property for a given cross-section used in structural engineering to evaluate the strength of an object). This enables the load-carrying capacity of the cross section of the stem to be determined. This information can then be combined with the ‘tree statics’ model to estimate a factor of safety for the tree.
We consider this to be a major step forward in the assessment of tree stability and look forward to pioneering this revolutionary piece of equipment.
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