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RE: stability of surviving stem of a split co-dominant tree.

Subject: RE: stability of surviving stem of a split co-dominant tree.
From: David Evans
Date: Jan 17 2022 18:26:53
<<That usually considers fracture at the base. Harder to use when the area of 
concern is higher up....but possible.>>

Hi Philip

TreeCalc was updated about a year ago or so.  You can now measure your Safety 
Factors at any height above 1m.  Have a look at the 'New Features' link on 
the website.  I cost one more credit though.

<<Treecalc is an awesome and under used tool...>>

Yes, it's an incredibly useful tool that can help with our likelihood of 
failure decision-making.  My research here has established Arborists 
regularly give higher likelihood of failure decisions to trees that have 
higher Safety Factors, and lower likelihood failure decisions to trees that 
have lower Safety Factors.  I'm pretty sure it's because when Arborists see 
decay they think 'defect', see 'red', and increase their likelihood of 
failure.  As you know, TreeCalc can help recalibrate us with that part of our 
decision-making in Detailed Assessments by showing this.  It's one reason I 
use TreeCalc in Validator and Basic Validator training.  I thought it might 
be too much for non-Arborist Basic Validator training, but without fail it's 
been incredibly well received.  Previously, even those with Basic Tree 
Inspection training thought hollow trees, or trees with open cavities were 
'defects' that need dealing with, when they're usually natural 'features' 
with benefits.  Showing them just how decayed a low H/D ratio tree can get 
and still have a good Safety Factor is a revelation to them.  It's often one 
of the things they most enjoy.


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