Strider Forms FAQs

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Strider FAQs

AgTerra is committed to making a product that’s functional and easy to use. Sometimes, however, customers come to us with a question that they just can’t figure out on their own. Below are some common questions about Strider for mobile and desktop.

Upload errors can occur for a variety of reasons. If you receive a popup message window, be sure to scroll to the bottom for a better description of the problem. In most cases, you can track down and fix the issue in your Excel file using the information provided by the error message. You can read more about upload errors here in the online help guide.

Remember! You will need to use the user resources password provided by AgTerra to access the help pages.

If you are still unable to determine the cause of the error message, you may contact AgTerra for help.

Users cannot see a form until they have been added to a group and the group has permission to view the form. Strider permissions work independently from MapItFast, so even if a user is part of a MapItFast group, they will need to be part of a group in Strider as well. The steps for setting up user form permissions are outlined here in the online help guide.

Remember! You will need to use the user resources password provided by AgTerra to access the help pages.

In order to use a form in MapItFast, you will need to enable it through the Strider website. To enable the form, go to the Form Management page and select “Edit” next to the form you want to enable. In the Edit page, change the form type to “MapItFast and Strider Form”.

Note – After a form has been enabled, you will need to wait 10-15 minutes or close and re-open the app before it will be available.

Yes, Strider forms can be used on Apple. Unlike the Android apps however, Strider is built into MapItFast. This means that while you do not need to install a secondary Strider app, you are currently limited to filling out forms through the MapItFast app.

Yes, Strider applies a unique number to each form record entered into the system, starting with the number one. The database field is called ‘_ID’ and the value can be found in the record details page and XLS export. The ID can also be added to reports as a unique identifier for each record.

Yes, you can change the order of columns by dragging and dropping them to a new spot on the page. If your form has a lot of columns, you may need to drag the column, drop it, scroll, then drag it some more to get it moved over. Keep in mind that these changes will only be applied to your current desktop browser, so the columns will not be in the same place if you open Strider on another computer.

Weston County Weed & Pest Testimonial

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Weston County Weed & Pest Testimonial

Pictures like these can easily be taken with accurate GPS coordinates in MapItFast. -Photos courtesy of Todd McCollum

MapItFast and Strider are a daily feature of my work day. I upload the project for the day and head out of town. I can “sync” my field data to others not out in the field so that they may see my data anytime I can add a Strider Form to my points and pictures which attaches coordinates so that the office people know exactly where any problem areas are located. I love that the imagery is crisp, so that if my paper map isn’t the best or gets wet I can still make out where I am or need to be. This is definitely one app that I will be taking with me!”

-Todd McCollum, QA/QC
MPB Inspector Weston County Weed & Pest

Response to Pine Beetles in the Black Hills

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Response to Pine Beetles in the Black Hills of Wyoming

MapItFast and Strider Reporting heavily used with impressive results

In 2009, a Statewide Forest Assessment in Wyoming designated the Black Hills region as an area of high priority with a threat from insect and disease. To help address the threat, Wyoming State Forestry assembled the Northeast Wyoming Pine Beetle Response team to help minimize Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) damage in the Black Hills of Northeast Wyoming.

In 2012, conservation leaders from Wyoming and South Dakota adopted the Black Hills Regional Pine Beetle Strategy as follows:

  1. Establish priority treatment areas based on aerial and ground surveys.
  2. Use ground gridding (green tree survey) to identify, mark and count infested trees.
  3. Apply the appropriate control practice to eliminate infested trees before insects spread to healthy trees.
  4. Follow up treatment with inspection.

Over twenty partners have collaborated on this approach providing focused and integrated treatments for multiple landowners in multiple jurisdictions.

A key to implementing the strategy from the start was the use of AgTerra’s MapItFast and Strider Reporting products.  Inexpensive Android phones without a cellular plan were purchased to outfit over 30 contractors on the project with GPS and data recording devices. After brief training, the contractors mark their paths, trees and area boundaries on their devices.  The ongoing project requires that most of the work is done in remote areas without access to Internet.  Because of this, offline aerial basemaps with property boundary overlays are utilized for reference.  At the end of the day, after contractors establish a Wi-Fi connection, the project data stored on the devices is automatically uploaded to the online MapItFast mapping and Strider Reporting account.  No manual data transfer is involved throughout the process.

An enormous amount of data has been collected.  In the fall/winter of 2014-15, an area of approximately 80,000 acres and 3,600 miles of forest was walked and evaluated for infestation; 45,000 trees were identified and treated.  Much of the same area was resurveyed in 2015-16 with only 20,000 trees identified and treated. During 2016-17, spotting was reduced to roughly 35,000 acres after finding less than 2,000 infested trees. This shows success with the treatment strategy.

Sarah Anderson, District Manager with the Crook County Natural Resource District helped coordinate the pine beetle mitigation efforts by training a large number of contractors and managing the GIS and tabular data they collected.  When asked about AgTerra and the software, she said, “MapItFast has been fantastic. We really enjoy working with AgTerra.”  She even offered up a video testimonial which you can watch by clicking on the video.

Results of the project have been impressive. In locations where work has been implemented, mountain pine beetle (MPB) surveys illustrate a discernable decrease in infested green trees.

According to Jeremy Dedic, Assistant District Forester with Wyoming State Forestry, “MapItFast is a tremendous help identifying infested tree locations so that sawyers are able to quickly find and treat the trees.  Managing the maps and data from all the contractors is easy and convenient.  We were able to accomplish all of this at a fraction of the cost of other systems.”

Partners involved in this ongoing project include:

·         Crook County Natural Resource District ·         Weston County Weed and Pest
·         Crook County Weed and Pest ·         Weston County Natural Resource District
·         Timber Industry ·         Bureau of Land Management
·         Natural Resources Conservation Service ·         Black Hills Regional Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group
·         Crook County Commissioners ·         Weston County Commissioners
·         Crook County Road and Bridge ·         Weston County Road and Bridge
·         Private Landowners ·         Weston County Fire Protection District
·         Black Hills National Forest  ·         UW Extension
·         Bearlodge Ranger District ·         Wyoming State Forestry Division
·         Hell Canyon Ranger District ·         Wyoming Dept. of Agriculture
·         Newcastle Tree Board ·         Wyoming Wildlife Trust Fund

SprayLogger Case Study

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How Phillips County, CO Automated

Their Spray Monitoring and Record Keeping

In the fall of 2014, Kerri Doleshall, the Phillips County Weed District Manager, reached out to the Colorado County Weed Supervisors Association  and asked a simple question, “Which spray monitoring system should Phillips County upgrade their equipment to?” In every response he received SprayLogger by AgTerra was the first and only suggestion.

Prior to the introduction of SprayLogger, record keeping was done by hand in the field on paper forms and the brought back to the office. In previous years paperwork was filed with hand drawn maps to indicate where work had been done. When Kerri came on staff he initiated the process inputting recorded numbers into a database for faster access to information, though the original field work still had to be transposed from the paper forms into a computer.

Kerri consulted with the Phillips County Board of Commissioners, Weed Districts Board of Director and the Supervisors of the road districts. They concluded that a digital web-based recording system would be better for record keeping. Also, there could be additional uses of AgTera the software and mapping equipment for the road maintenance department. The appeal of SprayLogger to all was that they could completely automate their processes and digitally record where they had been and what was done. All records would be accessible within moments that could easily show any recorded data by an individual application, project or all data combined into a master file set.

Kerri called the AgTerra offices in Sheridan, WY and spoke with their representatives to see if there might be a better way. After an in-depth demonstration of all of the AgTerra products was given, including MapItFast, Strider and SprayLogger, and after answering his questions Kerri set in motion a plan to eliminate the paper recording process Phillips County had been using to track and record their spray projects and move to a completely digital process with SprayLogger.

“For Phillips County, SprayLogger was a huge effort. Many people helped and supported it, from our county commissioners to the applicators, as well as the AgTerra Staff. Everyone working together is what made this a successful project. As we move forward, I can see multiple uses for your products.”      – Kerri

While the seasons turned from winter to spring, Kerri coordinated with AgTerra on the build of his trucks and consulted on what would be most appropriate for his applications. When the time came to install the SprayLogger units, a representative from AgTerra met with him and the road district applicators to assist with the installation of 6 units and helped train his staff for the upcoming spray season. After just a few hours, Phillips County was up, running and on the road spraying. It was was the simplicity of the software, the efforts of the applicators using the equipment and their input that made the project a success. When the crews got on the road they began to see the time saved because they did not have to focus on the technology, but rather the job.

Months later when the spray season was wrapping up Kerri accessed the data, built reports from the collected information and easily present them to his board to show what the department had accomplished. In addition to being able to outline the previous months, the collected map data could be shared with the road department for their upcoming season. Lastly, he was able to use his SprayLogger data to effectively present a plan of action and budget for the following year in an organized and timely manner because the information he needed was at his fingertips and not lost in a paper file.

With SprayLogger by AgTerra Phillips County was able to become more efficient with their time, improve their record keeping and better plan for the future than paper alone would have allowed. To learn more about the case study, Kerri can be reached at (970) 774-7453.

AgTerra Customer Testimonial Video

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AgTerra Customer Testimonial Video

AgTerra customers from all over the United States share their experiences about AgTerra Technologies and their software and hardware solutions.

Customer Case Study: San Luis Valley

MULTIPLE COUNTIES, ONE VISION

Before making the switch to SprayLogger Mobile, Costilla County was using Garmin GPS units to collect spray points and lines, then uploading the files to ESRI software. “This was a complicated process because of the conversion of Garmin GPX points to shapefiles with ArcMap. MapItFast puts it all on one platform and seasonal employees only have to use their smartphones.” Costilla County is part of a valley-wide noxious weed management organization called the San Luis Valley Noxious Weed Management Association (SLVWMA).

“The SVLVMA is planning to use MapItFast to universalize the data collection and sharing between all six county weed programs,” Casias said, “As for myself and the Costilla County Noxious Weed Program, my plans for this upcoming season are to hire additional seasonal employees and begin a cost share program.”

“Overall it has been amazing to have a company like AgTerra backing me in my noxious weed management objectives,” he says. “I look forward to increasing my use of the AgTerra products and continuing my relationship with AgTerra.”

NISIMS Module Available for MapItFast

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NISISMS Module Available for MapItFast

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) implemented the National Invasive Species Information Management System, or NISIMS, with the intent to standardize the way weed infestations are recorded and treated across the country. NISIMS data is collected throughout all BLM lands and is ultimately integrated into a national BLM geospatial database.

AgTerra now offers a MapItFast based module for NISIMS chemical and mechanical treatment data collection. The MapItFast NISIMS module delivers speed and accuracy enhancements over existing paper and electronic data capture applications. The system uses low-cost Android devices with integrated GPS to give the user an affordable hardware option over traditional GPS units. Form updates and data downloads happen automatically so there is no extra effort or learning curve that is often associated with Windows Mobile Device Center or a check-in/ check-out process.

MapItFast is an ideal platform for NISIMS based data collection because it provides field workers with a simple, easy-to-use option for collecting NISIMS data. No need for a check-in, check-out process, no need to go through multiple steps when you want to draw a polygon on the map – with MapItFast, it really is “One Tap to Map.”

With MapItFast, your data is:

NISIMS Ready – Our NISIMS forms contain the same database IDs as those in the national geodatabase, so database integration is no problem.

Easy to Complete – Use the map to drop your point, line, polygon or photo, then fill out a form that walks you through the questions. That’s all there is to it!

Standardized – Our forms contain controls and validation measures to assure proper, complete records.

Automated – Lookup tables within the forms assist with quick data entry.

Synchronized – Completed records and updates to forms are synched with the server regularly, so all data is available when you need it.

Offline – Data can be collected in even the most remote locations. Once you’re back in a connected environment, the information is automatically pushed to the server.

Customizable – BLM-style reports supplied by AgTerra can be personalized with your company logo for business use.

Our NISIMS forms are currently being used by multiple contractors in a variety of BLM locations. Contractors have the option to enter the data two different ways: map-based input or form-only input.  Map-based input allows users to add a point, line or polygon to a map (using the integrated GPS or on-screen digitizing) and then fill out an infestation and/or treatment form for the mapped object. A separate forms-only app allows users to fill out the same NISIMS data and use a GPS widget to gather the coordinates of their location.

Cellular service is NOT required for the NISIMS module while collecting data.  A Wi-Fi data connection may be used to synchronize data at any time. The same connection can be used to automatically update forms if any changes have been made to lists or to the form itself.

MapItFast isn’t just for NISIMS! The software serves as an enterprise asset mapping and data maintenance solution for both office and mobile environments. This empowers and streamlines a business’ professional services for activities such as inspections, work assignments, job costing, work progress, and compliance with advanced mapping and reporting.  As with the NISIMS module, input forms can be customized around nearly any business process and related reports may include features such as company logos, photos, map images, and signatures.

Specific Features of the NISIMS Module

The MapItFast NISIMS Module meets the requirements set forth by the BLM for NISIMS ready data collection while also serving as a business ready tool for other mapping, data gathering and reporting requirements. NISIMS Module features include:

  • Two Forms. One input form for Infestation and one for Treatment (Chemical, Manual, Mechanical included)
  • Four Reports. One each for chemical, manual and mechanical treatments and one for infestations.
  • Customizable lookup tables with automatic updates to forms – no need to create a new geodatabase.
  • Proper data entry with built-in data validation
  • Skip logic in forms chooses the questions relevant to your selected treatment type (i.e. chemical treatments vs. manual treatments)
  • Geodatabase compatible field names are already in NISIMS ready format.
  • Flexible map objects meaning that points, lines and polygons can be assigned multiple forms at once.
  • Multiple export options for databases (including Excel) or GIS formats (including shapefile).
  • Auto-sync your data between the field and a centralized database; no check-in/ check-out process required.
  • Securely and automatically integrate with a BLM’s field office geodatabase.
  • Use a preloaded or a customized basemap to add points, lines or polygons and associate NISIMS forms.
  • Generate business-side reports that may include company logo, maps, and photos.
  • E-mail reporting capability while in the field or from the office.
  • Secure and controlled user access with extensive permissions for project data.
  • Offline use and no cellular data plan required for operation.

Powerful Online Data Management

MapItFast’s web-side client allows administrators to securely manage map projects, data, reports and users from a central portal.  A mapping console eliminates the expenses and training associated with managing data from an ArcGIS desktop.  Large volumes of spatial and tabular data may be searched, queried, sorted and then outputted to a wide variety of formats, including PDF, XLS, XML, SHP, KMZ, e-mail and others.

Low Cost, High Value

MapItFast delivers more features at a lower price than other hardware and software offerings.  Mapping, form filling and reporting are available in one complete system.  The system is flexible to meet current needs, yet scalable enough to meet future business requirements.

In addition to direct cost savings, MapItFast saves costs associated with:

  • Planning, tracking and data re-entry
  • Personnel and resource training time and productivity
  • Building and delivering professional reports