Sweetwater County WY Weed and Pest Case Study

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Sweetwater County Wyoming: A Case Study

How the Largest County in Wyoming Increased Operation Efficiency, Improved Employee Accountability and Built Customer Trust with AgTerra Products

RWC hy-rail vehicle utilizing the AgTerra SprayLogger system.

 Sweetwater Wyoming is the largest county in the state with over 10,000 square miles of area to cover. Prior to utilizing AgTerra products, their weed and pest office mapped and treated invasive weed species using hand held GPS devices, paper and pen. In the fall of 2017 they faced increased pressure from the BLM and the Wyoming Forest Division to adopt a complete record keeping system that included digital maps and reports. They investigated and implemented the AgTerra SprayLogger system in 2019 to fulfill their needs and meet program standards. Sweetwater uses these products with backpacks, ATV’s, UTV’s and trucks to automatically map invasive species, follow up with treatments, and finally revisit sites to check the effectiveness of applications.

 Sweetwater County Weed and Pest investigated several different hardware and software options to fulfill the requirement for digital maps and reports tracking their activity. The decision to go with AgTerra was heavily influenced to the perceived ease-of-use of the system and the high level of usable reported information. The immediate benefit of the system they discovered was how simple it was to train their crews and fully integrate SprayLogger into their program. Where other systems required advanced training, the SprayLogger system was taught to their crews in just a couple hours and then they begin to work in the field. Additionally, generating the much needed digital maps and reports for the BLM and Division of Forestry now only took minutes, instead of the laborious task of manually creating them from scratch. 

“While there are other capable systems on the market, SprayLogger combines an extremely easy to use platform with powerful maps, reports and data I can actually use.” – Dan Matson, Weed Director of Sweetwater County Wyoming

How MapItFast and SprayLogger help manage 10,491 square miles of land in Wyoming

Project Scouting: A supervisor is able to field scout an area ahead of application work, map invasive species, create spray routes and no-spray areas, take pictures, and record notes for various crews using MapItFast.

Job Accountability: When applicators complete job assignments, supervisors are able to double check the work in detail to verify the job was completed to specification and best practices were used.

Customer Satisfaction: Professional digital maps and reports provided to private land owners specifying every detail of a completed job has led to increased trust and more private landowner work.

Insurance: When questioned about spraying activities, including when, where, and what chemicals were used, detailed maps of spray and no-spray activities coupled with reporting showed applicators were operating within expected guidelines and parameters.

Prior to using the AgTerra SprayLogger system a problem Sweetwater County faced was accuracy of information and the ability to work with it. Using GPS handheld devices was cumbersome, time consuming and any collected information had to be manually input into a database. They found GPS tracks were prone to user entry error and could be arbitrary. As a result they were unable to pinpoint exactly when and were application occurred, and chemical details to be incomplete. When SprayLogger was implemented into their program those issue ended overnight.

“I was surprised at how much I enjoyed using MapItFast and SprayLogger. While the user interface is deceptively simple, the level of detail we can capture is amazing. I no longer allow any spray work to be done without AgTerra’s SprayLogger system.” – Dan Matson, Weed Director of Sweetwater County Wyoming

A major benefit Sweetwater discovered but had not anticipated was the ease at which a small group of supervisors could manage multiple and large crews. Utilizing MapItFast, the county weed director could go ahead of the crews on an ATV, motorcycle or use of a drone, and map areas of concern. Additionally, detailed notes and pictures were easily uploaded and sorted into projects for crews to review and act on, all form the field. The dramatic decrease in desk time has enabled supervisors to cover far more ground in the same amount of allotted time as in years past. It has also made work crews more efficient with their time and resources as they are no longer visiting unnecessary areas.

Precise spray and no-spray application mapping is monitored by applicators in real-time.

“The information collected has proven invaluable to use on more that a few occasions where others have tried to lay a case against us.” – Dan Matson, Weed Director of Sweetwater County Wyoming

Another unexpected benefit of using the AgTerra SprayLogger system has been improved community relationships. The county is regularly contracted out to do work for private landowners. With the record keeping system provided by AgTerra, not only are customers are impressed with the work done, but the the county has been successful in proving that applications met all lawful requirements. This has kept Sweetwater County Weed and Pest safe from inaccurate claims made against them as they were able to show exactly where and when crews sprayed, and what products were applied.

“I simply can’t imagine our program without AgTerra. The fact that I can call on them and they know my name, my account and I know them make all the difference in the world” – Dan Matson, Weed Director of Sweetwater County Wyoming

Moving forward Sweetwater County has plans to increase their understanding and use of AgTerra products and services to streamline other areas of their operations. They see their partnership with AgTerra as in invaluable tool to help them use tax payer dollars as efficiently as possible.

Get the most advanced pesticide record keeping system on the market.

Call AgTerra TODAY to get started at (307) 673-1050.


For well over a decade AgTerra has enabled natural resource professionals to simplify data collection and reporting while delivering greater value to their customers.  How can we help you?  Contact us today for a FREE demo and let us help you learn how easy and affordable our technology can be for your workforce and operations.

Active Map Triggers

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Active Map Triggers

Active map triggers give administrators and users a visual way to stay up-to-date on projects as object status gets updated in the field. Active map triggers are based on a selection made in a form and are easy to implement from the Strider website. Follow the steps below to set up a map trigger:

  1. Active map triggers use a data field in a Strider form to change the icon type or color of an object on the map. First, decide which field will “trigger” the change and design your form accordingly. Active map triggers work best with a question that has a list of ‘select_one’ choices. This will ensure that your trigger is consistent each time the form is filled out.

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2. Upload the form to Strider and make sure that it is MapItFast enabled. By default, new forms are only Strider enabled. To change this, click ‘Edit’ next to the form name in Form Management and change the Type from “Strider” to “MapItFast and Strider.”

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3. Go to Active Map Triggers under the Forms & Reports tab in Strider. Click the ‘Create New’ button to add your new trigger and set properties.

CreateNew4. Set the parameters for your new map trigger.

  • Symbology Trigger Name: Give your trigger a name
  • Form Name: Choose the form that contains the question you wish to use as the trigger
  • Form Data Field: find the database name of the desired question
  • Value: Once you select the form data field, all applicable values will be populated in the table below. Click on the point icon, polygon and line color boxes to change them to your desired icon/color. As forms are filled out in MapItFast, map objects will change to match these settings.

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5. Open the MapItFast app and wait about 10-15 minutes to ensure that the active map trigger settings are synced from the server.

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6. Tap on a point, line or polygon and then Add Form. Choose the appropriate form from the list and fill it out. After you have saved the form, wait a moment for the icon to change (this is usually a matter of seconds on the website and slightly longer on the app). The icon or object will change to match what was assigned in the Active Map Triggers page in Strider.

Notes

  • Each map icon will display the most recent map trigger applied. For example, if two forms are set up with map triggers and an objects has a record filled out for each form, it will change to match the trigger associated with the form that was last saved and/or edited.
  • Only one map trigger may currently be associated with a form at a time. Additional triggers, if added, will not work in MapItFast.

Introducing the 2019 SprayLogger E3B

The 2018 SprayLogger E3B was a giant leap in technology for the spray application industry. AgTerra has continued this innovation by listening to our customers and implementing improvements that make our latest box even easier to use. See what’s new in the 2019 SprayLogger E3B:

      • Increased fault tolerance to electrical spikes up to 48 volts
      • Vehicle direct power capable (no need for a power inverter)
      • Power out boom ports for manual shutoff valves and handgun spraying
      • Metered flow ports for micro-injection tanks
      • Ad hoc tank mix creation by applicators from the app
      • Multi-tank volume countdown or count-up in app
      • Application volume adjustment from the app

With these new enhancements, installation of a new SprayLogger E3B is easier than ever. Applicators will also be excited to learn they can now switch between counting up or counting down chemical usage, that they can create custom tank mixes in-app, and that they can even add volume adjustments to their reports. All of these improvements have been made at the suggestions of the men and women who use AgTerra products.

In-App Ad Hoc Tank Mix Window

2019 SprayLogger E3B Improvements

FeatureNotes
Internal 48 Volt Auto-Reset FuseIncreased fault tolerance against electrical spikes
12V Automotive System CompliantSprayLoggers may now be powered directly from vehicle power and no longer require a power inverter
Power Out Boom PortsDecreases external wiring requirement to vehicle power for manual shutoff valves and handgun spray detection
Metered Flow PortsCalibrated flow ports for micro-injection tank systems
Ad Hoc Tank MixApplicators may create custom tank mixes from the app
Volume CountdownChemical usage may be viewed as volume count up or countdown
Field Gallon AdjustmentApplicators may adjust gallon usage report from field

2018 SprayLogger E3B : A Giant Leap Forward

If you still haven’t made the jump yet to the new SprayLogger E3B system, the time is now! Introduced in 2018, AgTerra made massive improvements to SprayLogger with the release of the E3B. Proven and field tested for over a year on thousands of jobs on and off road, the SprayLogger E3B is the most reliable and comprehensive pesticide application monitoring system on the market at a fraction of the cost of our competitors.  Some of the 2018 updates include:

  • Powerful Bluetooth chip for strong connections
  • Memory backup via a dedicated on-board drive
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Internal component protection against outside electrical surges
  • Direct power port for power directly from vehicle
  • High data capture accuracy via a 1.2GHz quad core processor and dedicated RAM
  • Manufactured in the USA in a ISO900 rated facility with an IP65 rating for high vibration, water resistance, dust resistance and durability for an extended life expectancy

AgTerra continually strives to bring the very best products to the pesticide application industry. With SprayLogger you can:

  • Automatically generate detailed pesticide application maps and reports showing spray and no-spray tracks with complete job application details
  • Determine exact pesticide usage reports for any given location
  • View boom section spray pattern area for one or many boom sections while spraying to avoid overlap and skips
  • Calculate total acres sprayed and distance covered on every job
  • Export, or automatically integrate with any GIS based software
  • Keep all jobs in one central location with nothing to manually transfer

To learn more about SprayLogger and what it can do for your operation, please click here.

FoggerLogger: A SprayLogger Solution for Mosquito Abatement

FoggerLogger from AgTerra is the ULV fogging, mapping and reporting solution that works side-by-side with your existing equipment. Recording a job is incredibly easy. FoggerLogger gives applicators the power to create jobs right from the field in seconds, increasing productivity and saving office staff valuable time. All application details are automatically tracked along with a map created showing every detail of the application. All jobs are securely available in your private online account for viewing, exporting and printing when you pull into the shop. Paper reporting is eliminated and you are able to retrieve and share permanently stored jobs with others immediately or at a later date.

Some hardware specifications for FoggerLogger are:

  • Powerful Bluetooth chip for strong connections
  • Memory backup via a dedicated on-board drive
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Internal component protection against outside electrical surges
  • Direct power port for power directly from vehicle
  • High data capture accuracy via a 1.2GHz quad core processor and dedicated RAM
  • Manufactured in the USA in a ISO900 rated facility with an IP65 rating for high vibration, water resistance, dust resistance and durability for an extended life expectancy
  • Field testing for over a year on thousands of jobs

For more information about FoggerLogger, please click here.

Get the most advanced pesticide record keeping system on the market.

Call AgTerra TODAY to get started at (307) 673-1050.


For well over a decade AgTerra has enabled natural resource professionals to simplify data collection and reporting while delivering greater value to their customers.  How can we help you?  Contact us today for a FREE demo and let us help you learn how easy and affordable our technology can be for your workforce and operations.

RWC Case Study

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RWC, Inc: A Case Study

How AgTerra Products Helped Increase Awarded Jobs and Improved Operation Efficiency

RWC hy-rail vehicle utilizing the AgTerra SprayLogger system.

  RWC Incorporated is a privately held vegetation management company that operates primarily within the railroad vegetation control industry. Under the same management and ownership since its inception in 1961, RWC has continuously provided the railroad industry with quality vegetation management services. The company uses AgTerra products with state-of-the-art equipment and delivery systems combined with high quality herbicide formulations to provide results that keep customers satisfied in an increasingly challenging application field.

 In 2016, the company learned that in order to bid on a certain contract, they needed to have GPS- and GIS-capable mapping system. Without it, they would not even be considered for the contract. At the time, the company was not using GPS to map their applications. They had control units that were capable of GPS mapping, but they did not have an interface that allowed their operators to easily map while spraying.  Any spatial information they were able to get had to be manually downloaded and additional work had to be done on the “back end” to produce usable maps. RWC reached out to AgTerra for a solution. With the implementation of MapItFast software and SprayLogger hardware, they were not only able to win the contract but exceed customer expectations over the next three years. Additionally, RWC was able use the growing technology to better manage their internal operations.

 “[AgTerra] has provided us with a useful tool for project management and record-keeping, and we’ve been able to share these capabilities with our customers.” – Jeff Osburn, Owner of RWC

How has MapItFast and SprayLogger helped streamline everyday workflow for RWC?

  • Project Assignment: RWC operators can now open their mobile device and load all off-track locations that need to be sprayed in a certain area.
  • Job Accountability: When operators spray road crossings, they can drop a pin and snap a picture to document completed work.
  • Easy Administration: Administrators can monitor ongoing spray jobs and make notes of sensitive areas or no spray zones for future applications.
  • Instant Reporting: For on-rail applications, RWC can provide customers with a real-time map showing the current progress in a certain area or across the whole railroad.
  • Export to GIS: RWC can export jobs in GIS formats, including shapefiles.

   RWC has continued to explore the capabilities of the SprayLogger system and implemented it into their operations. The entire RWC fleet of rail-bound vehicles is equipped with the SprayLogger and MapItFast system. These products have helped RWC become more efficient in locating and documenting treatment areas, as well as tracking and illustrating work progress. Field personnel are able to stay on task because the information is available at their fingertips on a mobile device.

 The company’s fleet of off-track equipment uses the MapItFast app to record many different types of information related to spray application. All of the data they capture using AgTerra’s products is compiled internally and allows them great flexibility in creating custom maps and databases. These serve as a great reference source when tracking current work progress and planning future site visits and applications.

Precise spray and no-spray application mapping is monitored by applicators in real-time.

“We are continuously finding new ways to incorporate the powerful capabilities of GIS/GPS into our operations, and AgTerra’s products have been an important part in helping us achieve that.” – Jeff Osburn, Owner of RWC

 Since implementing MapItFast and SprayLogger for spray applications and mapping, the company has received nothing but positive feedback from customers.  Multiple customers have even said that the information provided by AgTerra products has certainly influenced decision makers in awarding business to RWC by showing that the company is committed to providing the most comprehensive spray application service around.

  “One of the greatest benefits of working with a company like AgTerra is the ability to have our issues and concerns heard and dealt with in a timely and personal manner.” – Jeff Osburn, Owner of RWC

Get the most advanced pesticide record keeping system on the market.

Call AgTerra TODAY to get started at (307) 673-1050.


For well over a decade AgTerra has enabled natural resource professionals to simplify data collection and reporting while delivering greater value to their customers.  How can we help you?  Contact us today for a FREE demo and let us help you learn how easy and affordable our technology can be for your workforce and operations.

SprayLogger Calibration

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Calibrate your SprayLogger

Watch the video below to see how to calibrate your SprayLogger.

SprayLogger by AgTerra

pesticide application mapping and detailed reporting made simple

SprayLogger is an easy to use hardware and software system that automatically gathers application information. Simple to install, yet packed with powerful features, SprayLogger may be retrofitted on trucks, ATVs, watercraft, backpacks or other spray rigs and generates live, viewable maps and reports for every spray job. SprayLogger is simply the easiest way to generate professional application maps and reports without changing the way you spray. Now you can quickly exceed federal, state, and customer mapping and reporting requirements while avoiding the hassle and errors typically associated with making maps and filling out reports by hand.

Track

Capture and view GPS location, spray width and application details at the moment of application from all applicators on every job.

Map

Map all spray and no-spray activity in real-time with location and time.  Automatically capture exact area, targets, chemical amount and type from one or many tanks, spray sections and nozzles and more.

Report

Create customized application reports that can be printed with detailed chemical usage, weather and job costing information for internal use, customer invoicing and more.

Share

Allow authorized users to view applications in real time. Export to any GIS using shapefile, KMZ, GPX or use the optional API to integrate with ESRI geodatabases.

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Basemaps and Layersets 2019

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Working with Layers and Basemaps

Updated – April 2019

With MapItFast, you can integrate Google Earth KMZ files or shapefiles into your projects. In fact you can build your own basemaps that work offline to serve as a reference while you map objects and collect data. Learn more about MapItFast objects, layers and basemaps to determine what works best for your projects and to pick up a few tips and tricks.

MapItFast Objects

MapItFastObjects are the most interactive type of map feature. Objects can be queried, selected, and edited. Users can tap on a point, line, polygon or photo to view a pop-up window with the object’s attributes. Attributes can be modified by changing the object name, description, or by adding a Strider form. If a user has “Edit’ capabilities within a project, he or she may move a point object or adjust vertices on lines and polygon objects. Because MapItFast objects are vector based and can potentially contain a large number of attributes, MapItFast limits users to 1,000 objects per import and 5,000 total objects in a single project. Exceeding this number could result in an unresponsive web browser, mobile application, or both. If you’re working with large shapefiles, it is a good idea to split the data into separate projects or consider creating a layerset or custom basemap with the data instead.

 

Layers

Layers are map overlays that lay on top of any basemap.  Layers may be vector datasets such as shapefiles that associate attributes with map features/objects or raster datasets such as a georectified maps from a third party.  Layers of either type can be stacked on top of each other to serve as a layerset overlaid onto a basemap. Layers are useful when you want to view points, lines and/or polygons as an additional reference layer on a map and set to display differently at different zoom levels.

In MapItFast, basemaps are the bottom layer, layersets are in the middle, and map objects are displayed on top.

Basemaps

Basemaps are individual images of a map (called tiles) generated at a particular resolution and stitched together to create a seamless map. Map tiles make it possible for mobile devices to rapidly access and deliver map images. Basemaps in MapItFast can be viewed online (i.e. streamed via a data connection) or offline (i.e. accessed from the device’s SD card). For users who want to go beyond the default basemap options in MapItFast, custom basemaps are a powerful and customizable option. Custom basemaps are excellent for viewing maps with a lot of cartographic content or aerial imagery. They are created as “tile sets” at multiple zoom levels so that the map image is rapidly rendered for the user with optimum clarity. MapItFast accepts two file formats for custom basemaps: MIFzip and MBTiles.

Advantages and Disadvantages

What type of spatial map data you use with MapItFast is driven by your particular needs.  To help you determine what is best, below are the advantages and disadvantages with each data type:

MapItFast Objects

   Advantages:

  • Objects contain detailed attributes
  • May be edited, queried, and deleted
  • Available online or offline

   Disadvantages:

  • Large datasets will bog down the device
  • Unique symbology must be applied using data dictionaries
  • Difficult to use for displaying rich cartographic content

The following file types can be uploaded as MapItFast objects: Shapefile, KMZ, or GPX.

Online Layers

Advantages:

  • Useful for overlaying different data types on top of any basemap
  • Can be activated in any MapItFast project
  • May be controlled through user permissions
  • Can be used with larger datasets
  • Can be stacked to form layersets
  • Can be uniquely colored and labeled on an attribute
  • Available online or offline

   Disadvantages:

  • Displayed layers cannot be queried
  • Attribute identification is limited to labeling on one attribute and coloring on another
  • Labels may appear jumbled or get cut off due to the rasterization and tiling of the layersets. This is most predominant in line and polygon layers. If label placement is important, consider building a custom offline layerset.
  • Online layers must be cached in advance if needed during offline use

Online layersets require a file in shapefile format.

Custom Basemaps and Offline Layers

Advantages:

  • Useful for displaying detailed mapping data over large geographic areas
  • Label placement can be customized
  • Fast and responsive
  • Offline-ready

   Disadvantages:

  • Can be very large in size (i.e. several GB); may require using an external SD card on your device
  • Building offline layersets and basemaps requires third party software
  • Processing time for the tile package can take anywhere from a few minutes to several days.

Offline basemaps must be processed into a MIFzip or the commonly available MBTiles format. 

Vector layers are accepted in KMZ or shapefile format.  Note that shapefiles are imported by combining the *.shp, *.shx, *.dbf, and (optionally) *.prj files into a *.zip file.  Also note that data must be in GCS WGS84 or UTM projection.  Raster layers are accepted as MIFzip or the commonly available MBTiles format.

Tips and Tricks

Get started quickly using objects, layers and basemaps.  Below are some tips and tricks.

MapItFast Objects

Use the device or a Bluetooth GPS to map points, lines and polygons or to place a geophoto.  Simply use a quick tap on the appropriate icon on your device.  You can also draw a point, line or polygon object by using a long press on the appropriate icon on your device or by clicking on the icon on the MapItFast web client.

The following file types can be uploaded as MapItFast objects: Shapefile, KMZ, or GPX.

Online and Offline Layers

Raster Layers:

The most convenient way to upload raster layers are as MBTiles image format.  Many third party software programs are available for this including MapBox and CalTopo.  Google MBTiles to learn more.  These are brought into MapItFast the same way as vector layers described above.  Raster layers are not supported in online mode.

Online and Offline Layers

Vector Layers:

For shapefiles, make sure that your data is in GCS WGS84 or UTM projection format.  Zip the shp, shx and dbf files together.  Include the prj file if it is available.  KMZ files may be brought in directly.  When using the a mobile device, save these files to your storage (preferably to your SD if available), select “Basemaps and Overlays” under the settings menu and follow instructions.  When using the web mapping client, select the layers icon at the top and follow instructions.  Vector layers are supported in online and offline mode.  Access to individual online layers may also be controlled under user permissions.

Online and Offline Basemaps

MBTiles are an excellent way to build your own custom basemaps that can be use in online or offline mode.  Many third party programs including MapBox and CalTopo are available for doing this.  Simply Google “MBTiles” to learn more.  MBTiles may be brought in directly in the same manner as layers described above.  Like raster layers, basemaps are not supported in online mode but are available in offline mode once uploaded to a device’s storage (preferably an SD card).

Any map built in Esri’s ArcGIS may be converted to MBTiles format to use in MapItFast.  This includes GeoPDF files that are uploaded into ArcGIS and converted to MBTiles.  If you are interested in doing this, contact AgTerra for a converter tool.

Lean How MapItFast is the Best and Easiest to Use Mobile Mapping and Reporting Solution

Call AgTerra TODAY to get started at (307) 673-1050.


For well over a decade AgTerra has enabled natural resource professionals to simplify data collection and reporting while delivering greater value to their customers.  How can we help you?  Contact us today for a FREE demo and let us help you learn how easy and affordable our technology can be for your workforce and operations.

KW Three Peaks Story

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From Crop Scouting to House Hunting

Strider can go anywhere!

Do we have a “typical customer?” While a majority of our customers work in the natural resource industry, not everyone follows this norm. AgTerra takes pride in developing flexible products that fit into just about any role in any company. One such example is KW Three Peaks in Sheridan, Wyoming.

KW Three Peaks is a real estate agency owned and operated by real estate broker Bill Rapp. In 2015, Rapp was looking for a product that would help keep his client information organized and easily accessible in electronic format. AgTerra’s Strider product fit the bill.

With the help of fellow realtor Anne Feil, Rapp developed an arsenal of digital forms to document every step of his clients’ home buying and selling process. “We wanted reports that could auto-fill as well as forms that were easily accessible,” Feil said. The forms needed to be fillable on both a desktop platform as well as mobile platforms so that they could be used either in the office or at the client’s location.

Bill Rapp, owner and president of KW Three Peaks Real Estate, uses Strider forms every day.

Feil says that since KW Three Peaks started using Strider, their reports have been “clean, easy to read and the process is more organized.” When a new client walks in the door, Feil assigns them a Client ID in Strider. Because her forms are set up with form links, she is able to generate custom PDF reports that combine information from multiple forms using Client ID as the link between data. Feil says the form link feature gives her “the ability to print multiple reports without having to duplicate the same information multiple times.”

KW Three Peaks looks forward to growing their business and integrating more forms and reports as AgTerra further streamlines the forms and reporting process. “The AgTerra team is great to work with,” says Feil, “They are very responsive to our needs and address

Anne Feil easily accesses forms and reports for her clients from any location.

changes that we need in a speedy manner. The products are top notch and have always been reliable.”

AgTerra is happy to support a customer who uses our products in such innovative ways. And when we’re asked if we have a typical customer, we say: No, and that’s how we like it!

January 30 Strider Session

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Kris Kringle Spotlight 2018

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The Holidays are Going Digital

See how it changed the game for Kris Kringle and his team of elves

Kris Kringle threw away his clipboard and replaced it with AgTerra’s mobile app!

You have to read this story to believe it!

When the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, one of our customers starts gearing up for his busiest time of the year. Kris Kringle, president and CEO of North Pole Industries, is a veteran wintertime traveler. His job requires him to make millions of stops at millions of households on one night in December. While he always manages to accomplish the task, his old method of pen and paper just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

Kringle’s wife, Mrs. Kringle contacted AgTerra in 2016 after a particularly stressful season. “Kris always carried a clipboard with a list of his stops when he was on the road,” she recalls, “He was traveling through Casper, Wyoming, when a strong gust of wind ripped the clipboard from his hands. He had to make a special trip home just to get a new list, and that cost him precious time. He was out past the sunrise that year.”

When Kringle began using MapItFast in 2017, he wanted to see all possible delivery locations for the upcoming winter season on a map. To do this, he created a Data Dictionary on the website with the most common types of delivery stops: Good, Bad and Hazard.

Kringle set up a data dictionary in MapItFast to make is easy for his team to mark delivery locations in the field.

Active Map Triggers can turn a form into a powerful mapping tool. Triggers are set up on the Strider website..

Kringle then set up a group of seasonal users under monthly MapItFast and Strider accounts and equipped them all with mobile devices. He recalls of their training meeting: “It only took me a a few minutes to show them what to do. They learned about points, lines, polygons, the data dictionary and they were ready to roll.” During the spring and summer months, his team traveled the globe placing delivery markers in preparation for the big night in December.

It only took me a a few minutes to show [the elves] what they needed to do. They learned about points, lines, polygons, the data dictionary and they were ready to roll” – Kringle, on the MapItFast app

 

Hazards are inevitable in Kringle’s line of work. He needed a way to note dangerous situations for future reference while making deliveries.  He used AgTerra’s Online Form Builder to create a quick and easy form for collecting the date, time, notes about the incident and the type of hazard encountered. To further integrate the form with MapItFast, Kringle also created an Active Map Trigger in Strider to automate the icons in his project.

The steps for using an active map trigger are as easy as 1,2,3.

Mrs. Kringle’s favorite part about MapItFast is the user location feature. “If I ever need to know where Kris is along his route, I can just jump on MapItFast,” she said. “I can also use it to estimate when he’ll be home.”

Mrs. Kringle can track Kris’ location on a live, moving map so she always knows where he is on his route across the globe.

As North Pole Industries gears for for another big night, Kringle is confident he’s set for another successful season. “I’ve made my list and checked it twice,” he said, “and I know AgTerra is there to help when I need it.”

Wildfire Risk Reduction with MapItFast

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Minimizing Wildfire Risk with MapItFast and Strider

Teton Conservation District was established in 1946 to promote the conservation and stewardship of natural resources through local projects, partnerships, research, and education. The District boundaries encompass all of Teton County, Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, and Wyoming’s portion of Yellowstone National Park. The District office is located in Jackson, Wyoming.

Robb Sgroi is the Land Resources Specialist for Teton Conservation District. He contacted AgTerra while searching for an efficient reporting solution for the Wildfire Risk Reduction Program. “The program includes field consultations with private landowners where we advise them on how to reduce wildfire risk on their property,” explains Sgroi. “After meeting with a landowner and developing an overview of conditions and voluntary recommendations, a written report is produced for the landowner. This serves as a basis for their future actions.”

Sgroi recalls the evaluation and reporting process before he began working with Strider forms and reports. “Transcribing field notes, referring to language from the written standards we utilize, and formatting pictures and graphics was cumbersome and time-consuming.” Because the process was so time-consuming, the program was limited in the quantity of clients it could serve each season. Since the implementation of Strider forms in the spring of this year, Sgroi said, “the use of this software allowed us to meet nearly every client’s request for service, which is an unpredictable workload. We produced over 60 overviews this year”

When asked about his future plans for the AgTerra software, Sgroi said, “In the future, we will continue to communicate with colleagues working with the public in fire prevention and wildfire risk reduction to offer the tools that we developed with AgTerra. We hope other entities can take the form we built and utilize and improve upon it in order to facilitate their work.”

AgTerra’s team has been outstanding to work with. Other entities highly recommended AgTerra to us, in part because of their customer service. AgTerra was instrumental in developing the first version of our Strider Form, from scratch. Our agency has made dozens of modifications to the Strider form over the past six months. AgTerra’s team has implemented these adjustments with a high degree of professionalism and cooperation. They have been dedicated to the success of our product.”  – Robb Sgroi, Teton Conservation District

Watch the video below to see how the Wildfire Risk Reduction Program is being implemented in the Teton Conservation District.

Video courtesy of Teton Conservation District.