Fakopp - DynaTree Root And Trunk Testing System
Tree Stability Testing

    Model:DynaTree Root and Trunk Testing System
    Country of Origin:Hungary
    Use:The stability of urban trees is a key question that affects everyone. Diseased and unstable urban trees pose much risk for everyone, and are a serious liability for municipalities in case of an accident. 

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Description

The stability of urban trees is a key question that affects everyone. Diseased and unstable urban trees pose much risk for everyone, and are a serious liability for municipalities in case of an accident. Tree stability assessment is therefore of the utmost importance. At present, there is only one accepted method for root stability assessment (inclino pulling test), while there are a few options to evaluate the condition of the trunk (elasto pulling test, tomographies).

Our new concept, the dynamic root and trunk stability determination is based on real life wind loads, and is therefore more appropriate for assessing real life risks. It is also much simpler to carry out than the traditional pulling test, with the only drawback being that it requires windy weather.

 

The system consists of the following 4 components.

1) Anemometer 

An instrument for measuring wind velocity at or near the tree to be evaluated. The closer to the better, but, depending on wind velocity DynaRoot may provide reliable data even with measurements taken several kilometres/miles away. The anemometer provides wind velocity data of sufficient frequency, Ideally the anemometer should be clear of buildings or other objects that may obstruct the wind, at a height of at least 10m.

2) Dual axis inclinometer 

An instrument affixed to the root collar that measures the inclination of the trunk in two perpendicular directions. The instrument provides very accurate inclination data with sufficient frequency.

3) Elastometer 

An instrument attached to the trunk for measuring the micro elongation of the trunk.

4) DynaRoot evaluation software 

A PC software for evaluating wind velocity and inclination. The data, recorded over a period of several hours, are transferred from the anemometer and inclinometer on memory cards or wirelessly via Wi-Fi. The software breaks the data down into shorter intervals, and calculates statistical parameters for each interval that are used for the tree stability evaluation

Usage Instruction
The DynaTree system should be used on days with at least 25 km/h (15 mph) wind gust velocities. Setting up the measurement involves the following steps.
 
  1. Assemble the anemometer tower in the vicinity of the tree(s) to be assessed. Attach the anemometer on the top, and erect the tower. Wind velocity readings are sent to, and data is collected at the instrument box located at the bottom of the tower.
  2. Start recording data by pressing the START button located in the instrument box.
  3. Mount the inclinometer on the root collar of the tree to be assessed.
  4. Mount the elastometers onto the trunk of the tree to be assessed. Connect them to the central unit.
  5. Start recording data by pressing the START buttons located on the side of the instrument box.
  6. Repeat the previous 3 steps if you have more inclinometers and/or elastometers want to assess multiple trees.
  7. Record data for at least 3 hours (the longer the better).
  8. After the recordings are finished, transfer the acquired data to a PC by removing the internal SD card or by switching the instruments to Wi-Fi mode.
  9. Load the data into the DynaTree evaluation software and calculate the safety factor.


Package Contents
  • Inclinometer recorder (min 1 pcs., recommended 3 pcs.)
  • Base plate with ball head
  • 2 elastometers in quick mounting house
  • Dual elastometer box
  • Screw and screwdriver
  • Software on CD
  • User's manual
  • Lead batteries and charger
  • Alu case
  • Anemometer (ball type or ultrasonic) and recorder
  • 10 m portable pole
  • Alu tube (6 sections)
  • Steel anchor rod (3 pcs.)
  • 12 m long rope (3 pcs.)
  • Case
 

Technical Specification

Anemometer

Sampling rate
1 Hz
Measurement range
0-150 km/h
Accuracy
0.2 km/h
Integrated GPS
G-STAR IV BU-353-S4
Maximal SD card size
8GB
Wheatherproof
yes, IP65

 


 

Dual axis inclinometer
 
Measurement range
±2°
Resolution
0.001°
Sampling rate
10 Hz
Integrated GPS
G-STAR IV BU-353-S4
Maximal SD card size
8GB
Weatherproof
yes, IP65
Operating voltage and currents
12 V, 20 mA

 


 

Extensiometers
Type
LVDT
Dimensions
30x30x270 mm
Span
250 mm
Sampling rate
10 Hz
Resolution
0.3 μm

 

Power source
2 pcs. of 9 V batteries

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