Written by Dylan Carlson
Fulcrum is an app that can be used across many industries from network analysis to natural resources and invasive plant location, tracking and mapping.
I use it daily for tracking garlic mustard (a bad bad plant; Do Not Eat!!!). We can set up a data dictionary with drop down menus fully customizable.
The items with the i icon are required, and photo points are also geo-located.
We also put the tax lot layers from RLIS with the participating owners giving permission in green and the ones that opt out in red. There are several years shown by different color pins, so we can look back at say 2015 and look for marked plants and go back to survey and follow up to see if there are more, less, or the same amounts of infestation (most helpful feature in the field).
It also works offline when there is no service to our devices.
Then we can generate reports in PDF formats to pass along to board members or stakeholders/landowners.
Fulcrum also can export the data in several formats (CSV, shapefiles, and google earth).
Most the time it’s better that the good ol paper…