CruiseBoost

Save up to 50% of your cruising cost

Get Better Data with Fewer Plots

You don't have to change a thing about the way you cruise - just do less of it. We'll help you set up a less dense cruise grid than you normally use and then CruiseBoost will do the rest!


Using satellite imagery, SilviaTerra's patented CruiseBoost technology saves you time and money by reducing the number of plots you need to reach your target inventory accuracy and precision. We'll help you determine how many plots to put in, then you just cruise a grid like you normally do.

SilviaTerra's CruiseBoost is imagery-assisted cruising for everyone. You don't have to be a huge company with a massive R&D budget to take advantage of the best forest inventory technology. CruiseBoost works on forest stands as small as 20 acres and is available at a low, per-acre fee.

Traditional Cruise CruiseBoost
No imagery assist Uses imagery to "fill in" areas between plots
55 plots 26 plots
(1 plot per 7 acres) (1 plot per 15 acres)
86 tons per acre 93 tons per acre
+/- 12 tons +/- 6 tons
Standard cruise report with stand averages Heatmap showing sub-stand distribution of species and product
Also includes all standard cruise reports

Risk-Free - Money Back Guarantee

We guarantee that CruiseBoost will tighten up your confidence intervals or your money back. If CruiseBoost doesn't save you time and money on your cruise, we'll give you a full refund.

Get Started Now

Have a cruise you'd like to boost? Send us your plot data and stand bounds at cruiseboost@silviaterra.com and we'll get you boosted!

Cost Savings

CruiseBoost is saving foresters time and money all across the United States. No matter what type of forest you're working with, CruiseBoost can significantly reduce your plot load while maintaining inventory quality.

Here are some typical savings found by CruiseBoost customers in different regions. As your acreage increases, CruiseBoost saves you even more plots. For projects over 1,000 acres, please see CruiseBoost+ below

% Plot Savings

Region / Forest Type 50 Acres 500 Acres
PNW Douglas Fir Plantation 50% 60%
Mixed Hardwoods 45% 55%
Southern Pine Plantation 60% 70%

What Comes Out

Get the same reports you normally do… but better. CruiseBoost tightens up your confidence intervals for individual timber products and gives you next-generation visualizations of your stand.

Heatmaps

Gain an edge with CruiseBoost's information-packed heatmaps. This is the next generation of forest inventory. Visualize the distribution of species, stocking, and volume across your property with sub-stand-level precision. Heatmaps are great for communicating critical "on the ground" information with landowners, logging crews, and operational teams. These 15x15 meter resolution heatmaps make it easy to pick out pockets of high-value timber too.

Standard Cruise Reports

stand/stock tables - breakdowns of trees per acre, basal area per acre, and volume by product/species/diameter class.

volumes - summarized by species and product combinations. We can provide volume estimates in tons, International MBF, Doyle MBF, and Scribner MBF.

summary statistics - how reliable are your estimates? Standard error statistics are provided for estimates of trees per acre, basal area per acre, as well as volume.


What Goes In

It's simple to use CruiseBoost. Don't change anything about the way you cruise - just do less of it. SilviaTerra takes care of all of the satellite imagery processing and analysis.

If you set up you cruise through the Canopy website and select the "CruiseBoost" option, the website will help you set up a less dense plot grid than you would otherwise need. Then collect your plots (we recommend Plot Hound) making sure to GPS each plot location. When you upload your cruise to the Canopy website, we'll boost your cruise within 48 hours.

Already have a cruise you'd like to boost? Simply upload your stand bounds and plot information to the Canopy website and select "CruiseBoost".

How it Works

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The first step of the CruiseBoost process is that we identify all the different forest types in your stand based on what we see in the imagery. In this example, we see that there are 30 different forest types in the satellite image and we know what proportion of the stand each forest type comprises.

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Then we pair up the satellite imagery with the plots you cruised. This allows us to determine what sizes and species of trees we can expect in each forest type. We use these relationships to determine what trees were in the pixels that you didn't have a plot in.

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The end result is a forest inventory that is not only more precise than a conventional cruise, but also one that includes "heatmaps" of sub-stand distributions of product volumes, basal area, and species. This heatmap shows the distribution of yellow-poplar sawtimber. You can clearly see the pockets of yellow-poplar scattered throughout the stand.

All forest inventory methods try to do the same thing - estimate the population and assess the variability of characteristics such as volume of sawtimber. A traditional cruise does this by putting in a random grid of plots.

The trouble is that the grid might happen to miss exceptional areas or may not represent them proportionally. For example, this grid has 1 of 10 plots in a very low basal area area (a landing) and a traditional cruise workup would say that 10% of the stand has very low basal area. But if we look at the satellite imagery, we see that actually 15% of the stand has very low basal area. This means that our estimate isn't as precise as it could be.

CruiseBoost solves this problem by using satellite imagery. Because we have satellite imagery across your entire property (a census), we're able to more exactly determine the area of each forest type in your stand - resulting in a more precise forest inventory.

And the best part? We do all the heavy lifting for you - upload your plots to Canopy, select CruiseBoost, and we'll do the rest.


CruiseBoost+

Working with more than 1,000 acres? Our larger clients save even more - typically between 50-75%.

Contact us to learn more about CruiseBoost+

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of imagery does CruiseBoost use?

Because different sizes and species of trees show up differently in different types of satellite images, we use a variety of satellite imagery to stratify your stand. Some of the data sources we use regularly are Landsat, NAIP, PALSAR, and SRTM. If you've already flown other types of imagery (LiDAR, hyperspectral, etc.), we're usually able to incorporate those images as well to achieve even greater efficiencies.

How is CruiseBoost different than other remote sensing approaches?

Several remote sensing forest inventory companies have tried to develop products that use very high-resolution imagery (such as LiDAR) to pick out individual tree canopies and literally count every single tree. While this seems like an obvious approach, it has several key drawbacks (see table below). On the other hand, CruiseBoost doesn't try to count every individual tree - instead we take a well-understood statistical sampling approach (similar to the forest typing and stratification that you're used to) that operates at a 15x15 meter resolution (about the size of a 1/20 acre plot).

Individual Tree Detection approach CruiseBoost
Forest Types Tends to work well in young plantations - planted in rows with no canopy closure. Has difficulty with natural forests with closed canopies. Works in all forest types from mixed hardwoods to plantations.
Cruise Protocol Requires expensive, detailed plots and complicated measurement equipment. Uses the same type of plots you've always collected.
Scale Requires very large-scale projects to pay off investment in imagery Works on projects from individual stands (~40 acres) to entire corporate ownerships (millions of acres)
Accuracy Individual canopy segmentation is an incredibly difficult technical problem and is prone to systematic errors. Highly accurate (and verifiable) because CruiseBoost estimates are constrained by your cruise mean (obtained by a traditional grid cruise)
Speed Slowed down by flight scheduling and complicated cruising. 48 hour turnaround once plots completed.  Uses readily available satellite imagery and standard plot protocol to optimize speed of project turnaround.
Cost Generally not competitive with conventional cruising - largely driven by high image acquisition costs Low imagery costs, saves money compared to conventional cruising

How can I verify that CruiseBoost works?

CruiseBoost has been rigorously tested in stands all across the United States. We're able to assess our model quality through a "bootstrapping" approach where we iteratively drop individual plots, rebuild the model, and then predict various metrics for the excluded plot. If CruiseBoost doesn't tighten up your confidence intervals, we'll refund your CruiseBoost payment.

In statistical terms, CruiseBoost is a model-assisted estimation approach. This means that the CruiseBoost estimates are constrained by your original estimate from the traditional plot gid. Your CruiseBoost estimate cannot be worse than the underlying traditional grid cruise.


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