About this Session
The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with an overview of how tablet computers and smart phones may be used as an aid when conducting field data collection.
Participants will be able to determine how they can change the way that fieldwork is conducted and determine if there is a sound business case to deploy these devices to fieldworkers. In addition, guidance will be provided to participants regarding the potential challenges that may limit the successful deployment of these devices. Recommendations regarding suitable hardware and software will also be provided.
The workshop will provide a review of the following areas:
- Hardware – functionality, durability, protective cases, selection, and cost.
- Software – essential application types for most field professionals.
- Data Management Systems – considerations in managing corporate data to facilitate the use of mobile devices.
- Training – how to support fieldworkers without burdening IT staff.
- Benefits for field use – cost, access to information and data capture.
- Potential for failure – challenges and solutions.
This workshop will be primarily a lecture with a demonstration and opportunities for discussion. Questions are encouraged.
Brian Saunders, RPF, has worked in the forest industry for more than 25 years. During his time at Island Timberlands (2005 – 2012), he gained experience in the field use of tablet computers. Brian led the integration of tablet computers into the forestry department's daily activities.
This course is free.
This session is worth one contact hour towards an ABCFP Certificate of Professional Development for each hour spent doing the course work.