Tree Data Center is a tree inventory and management software designed for municipal forestry offices, facilitating efficient urban forestry management.

The application itself is a standalone program with the option of integrating with ESRI’s ArcView 9.x or 10.x software (for GIS connectivity) and a variety of data collection and hardware platforms including PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones.  All user interface tasks are optimized for the traditional keyboard/mouse entry or a full touch environment.

Spatial System Designs assembles a fully customized solution to meet your specific needs.   A software engineer will work with you and your staff to insure that every aspect of the Tree Data Center fits each unique government or business environment.  We handle any and all data import and migration tasks, providing a true plug and play experience.  In addition, full staff training and printed documents accompany all installations.

Spatial System Designs developed this unique program using the latest, most stable programming tools, providing a mainstream application that will last for many years to come.

Our careful planning and design will maximize your data integrity, any interoperability with other systems, all of your necessary security protocols, and any future expansion your forestry office can envision in the short or long term.

Our user interface forms incorporate relevant data entry tools to speed up acquisition, including: pick lists, date pickers, radio buttons, checkboxes, icon buttons, dialog boxes, tool-tips, and other mainstream windows interface gadgets.

Users may easily view trees in a graphical or tabular view, create subsets on almost any criteria, and enjoy a true urban tree management environment.  This produces a dynamic tree inventory system (as opposed to collecting all that data that in turn collects dust on a shelf).

Extensive use of drop-down selectors and automated post-processing routines speed the data entry.  This includes a full tree and plant list with a wide collection of attributes on each tree.

A full version of the software and ESRI’s ArcMap may be loaded on a Windows 10 tablet and field staff would have all the power they could need in the palm of their hand. The user may also wish to incorporate digital photos with each tree.

Spatial System Designs helps you create and maintain inventories with extensive information for each tree.  Utilize the latest PDA technology with ESRI’s ArcPAD and a GPS receiver to bring the GIS into the field. A fully customized data collection application ties in with ArcPAD gathering spatial and tabular data simultaneously.

Search and select functionality is accomplished through sorting columns in the main list box, in its own screen off of the main menu, or through location or tabular filtering.  Searching and reporting options include, but are not limited to sorting by tree type, planting date, condition, location type, as well as address searches for maintenance type, unsuitable trees / high voltage lines, scheduled maintenance dates,  other location options, and staked trees.

A user may select trees by plant date, species, genus, size, location, classifications, or any combination of these in seconds instead of hours (or days).  Once selected, scheduled activities options include watering, fertilizing, pest control, inspection, pruning, treatments, stake removal, etc.  Using a handheld computer in the field automates data maintenance by collecting relevant changes and automatically updating the main database.

We allow you to maintain information on large or small groups of trees with just a few clicks.  For instance, you could assign the “remove stake” activity to all of the oak trees planted last year and adjust the DBH with ease.  The possibilities are only limited to your imagination as this efficient design will accommodate almost any function or routine.

Routine Maintenance is plant date sensitive, offering set-up of specific activities and age criteria. The user selects a scheduled route date, management unit(s), type of trees (multiple selection with “clear all” and “select all”), and the activities to complete (stake removal, pruning, inspection, water, fertilize, etc.).

Then the application automatically selects all relevant trees, creates a table of work to be completed, plots the locations in the GIS and marks the best route to get to each tree.

This entire process could be integrated into the municipality’s land records system to email, text, or mail a notice of work in the area on or around the scheduled route date.  Other possibilities include the ability to mail or email a call to action to landowners near particular street trees.  For example, you could send emails to each landowner with pictures and a map of their right of way and ash trees marked, while including a note that reads “please look for these signs of the emerald ash borer and notify us immediately if found.”  This could be accomplished in a very automated fashion.

Citizen requests for maintenance (downed tree limb, etc.) are handled quickly and efficientlythrough the hazard management functionality.  Hazard Management is based on any logged tree problems.  Once a tree has been identified as a “hazard” the user selects the tree, assigns a severity level, and types a description if necessary.  As a route is being scheduled, the user may add any hazard management activities by location, severity level, size of tree, etc.


Your reports include a species distribution, tree conditions, activities (for accomplishment reporting), response to hazard management analysis, and lists of all unsuitable or structurally defective trees.

The reporting feature also includes a utility to determine the cost of storm damage across the
municipality.  First, a user determines the tree(s) affected, then dollar amounts are computed based on size and type
of the tree(s).

All of the reports are sent to the screen in “preview” mode, then you have the ability to zoom in/out, save to Microsoft Word, or HTML (for internet publication or email), and/or print to hard copy on wide format and/or standard sized printers.  Reports come standard with the ability to set the start and end dates for each report using the familiar windows date picker.  The reports included, as with the rest of the application, are customizable to each specific installation.  If you do not find a specific report or analysis procedure in the application, Spatial System Designs will build it for you.