Do you offer special pricing for students and educational organizations?
We want Stand Designer to be accessible for you and/or your organization. If cost presents a barrier to you, send us a message.
Do I have to pay extra for commercial or enterprise usage?
All subscriptions of Stand Designer come with the same license allowing unlimited commercial use. If you need additional support for your organization, reach out to us and we can work towards a solution to suit your needs.
What kind of data can I import into Stand Designer?
Stand Designer allows you to import a simple table where columns represent tree species, rows represent diameter class, and values represent trees per acre. This is a common format usually referred to as a “stand table”. With this method, you can convert data from nearly any forest inventory database or planning tool with just a few quick edits in Microsoft Excel or similar tools.
Can I import DEM/LiDAR/shapefile data?
Not yet. Stand Designer is currently set up for a 4-acre workspace utilizing pre-created terrains. This allows you to visualize tree data as quickly as possible and represent a generic “slice” from a larger terrain. That said, prototypes involving spatial data import have been promising. We will continue to work on spatial data import functionality if we get enough interest from the community.
Can I use Stand Designer to model tree growth?
By using stand tables to transfer data, Stand Designer has the flexibility to visualize results from numerous established growth models such as CACTOS, FVS, or FPS. Stand Designer does not come with any growth models built in. However, we are currently working on additional integrations to work in parallel with FVS (the Forest Vegetation Simulator), produced by the Forest Service. This growth and planning tool is free to access and is widely used throughout North America.
Where does your funding come from?
Visual Forester is fully self-funded with no outside investors, grants, or interests.
Where do you get your 3D tree models?
All of our tree models have been designed and built by our staff here at Alpine. Many of the species were created using photogrammetry techniques to recreate our local flora.
What tree species are currently supported?
Our 3D models library was developed to represent forests across the Western United States. Currently our library contains accurate and distinctive models for ponderosa pine, sugar pine, lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, white fir, western hemlock, Engelmann spruce, coast redwood, incense cedar, western redcedar, giant sequoia, western juniper, western larch, California black oak, tanoak, quaking aspen, red alder, and bigleaf maple. Additionally, if a species that you are interested in is not listed, but looks similar to one of the species above, it is possible to substitute the species name and biometrics data.
Will my computer run Stand Designer?
Stand Designer is a graphics-intensive application. Testing and optimization is ongoing, but to run Stand Designer on the base settings, you will need a reasonably modern (e.g. 2016 or later), moderately powerful computer (e.g. an Intel i-5 processor). To use the mid-upper graphics settings, you will need a dedicated graphics card such as those made by Nvidia, as opposed to “integrated graphics processors” which are built into Intel/AMD CPUs. If you aren’t sure about your computer hardware, just send us a message and we will gladly give you additional advice.