As communities experience increased pressure to grow into undeveloped lands, many face critically important questions on how these areas will develop in previously agricultural and forested ecosystems. Working with leading ecologists, the Sanborn software development team has created and implemented custom geospatial software / hardware environments that function together as Decision Support Systems (DSS).
Sanborn decision support systems focus on:
- Describing resources of interest as a function of specific relationships
- Predicting what will happen to those resources if certain actions are executed
- Prescribing the best course of action given specific management goals, objectives and constraints
Included below is detailed information on GIS Decision Support System products we have developed for various clients—Sanborn has designed custom DSS products to support military, forestry, and wildfire mitigation agencies across the US. While the subject matter of the systems below may not be identical to your specific needs, these examples are intended illustrate our capabilities and how they may relate to your project requirements.
Ecosystem Decision Support System (EcoDSS)
Sanborn has developed and implemented an Ecosystem Decision Support System (EcoDSS) based on the ArcGIS platform. EcoDSS contains a suite of applications for addressing integrated ecosystem management requirements. Originally developed to support integrated resource planning for military bases, EcoDSS integrates tools to develop stand prescriptions, apply growth and yield projections, and plan forestry activities to achieve desired ecosystem management and military training objectives. The application identifies areas of concern and potential impacts for prescribed forestry activities.
The goal of the EcoDSS is to provide information to aid staff in preserving and enhancing bio-diversity while maintaining sustainable forest resources and was specifically designed to utilize a forest inventory database with custom prescriptions, but the application can be easily customized for other forest management situations. Visit the EcoDSS page for more detailed information.
Forest Management System (FMS)
Sanborn has been actively developing GIS mapping applications to support the operational forestry industry for over 10 years. These applications satisfy a range of requirements including strategic planning, tactical planning, database development and maintenance, forest economics, timber lands investment, timber sales and operational activity tracking. Our suite of solutions includes Forest Inventory Maintenance; Forest Activity Tracking; Query, Reporting and Mapping Tools; ArcMap User and Application Permissioning; and FVS Growth and Yield Integration.
Sanborn believes that no single generic forest management system can satisfy the needs of foresters across the varied landscapes and regulations found within the forestry industry–so we offer custom solutions that tightly integrate a suite of core FMS applications using industry standard platforms to meet the specific needs of our clients. Visit the Forestry page for more detailed information.
Fire Management Services
Fire-planning professionals need to identify potential wildfire-prone areas and prioritize their actions to reduce wildland fuels, fire occurrence, and fire impact at the local, community and regional levels. The Sanborn approach is based on applying proven methods for conducting wildland fire risk assessments, along with subject-matter expertise in fuels and fire management. Our technical and domain expertise is unparalleled in the industry, due to a legacy of exclusive teaming relationships with the leading fuels and fire protection experts in the fire discipline. Sanborn Fire Management Services are based on the Sanborn Wildland Fire Risk Assessment System (WFRAS).
For more information about Sanborn DSS products and services, call customer service at 1.866.SANBORN (1.866.726.2676), or contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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