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    Summer Branch Drop - Tree Risk Management

    Hi Mick Yep, that's about the size of it. Unless you've got a repeat offender, there's no need for signs, fencing, or pruning because that would be a disproportionate response to a mind-bogglingly low risk. Cheers Acer ventura
  2. With the sun finally putting it's hat on and coming out to play, the issue of managing the risk from Summer Branch Drop is likely to become a hot topic again. Worry not. We’ve got this one covered for you. If you go to VALID’s ‘Risk Management’ page. There, you can download a free plan about managing the risk from Summer Branch Drop. It’s highlighted in the ‘Government’ section, and included in both the Government and Landowner tree risk-benefit management packages. Cheers Acer ventura
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    VALID - Tree Risk App

    VALID’s tree risk-benefit assessment Apps for iOS and Android devices are now available on the App Store and via VALID’s Google Drive. They’re free. It’s a bit premature because there’s a few cosmetic bugs still in there - which it’s likely only I can see having been so immersed for so long. The reason for the release is because Kent County Council had a tight deadline to adopt VALID. In order for their techies to approve the iOS version of the App (which they have), it needed to have been vetted by Apple. I’ve turned on the last page of VALID’s website (you can only see and access the ‘Community’ page if you’re a ‘Validator’) if you want to have a play with the App, go there for the links. https://tinyurl.com/yxggzpl9 Cheers Acer ventura
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    VALID Tree Risk Training

    Cheers Mark, and look forward to seeing you there. BTW, the News* page of VALID's website is now public. There's a subscribe ‘widget’ on there for anyone who can’t make this round of training and would like to know about the next; in the UK, or anywhere else in the world. Or if you just want to hear an occasional, short, tasty dispatch from what’s happening at the coalface of tree risk-benefit assessment and management. Cheers Acer ventura *Forgot to mention, it's just got going and the most recent post is a link to a great couple of BBC audios about Confidence v Competence
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    VALID Tree Risk Training

    Hi Kevin Good to hear from you - it's been a while since you came along to the QTRA training I ran down there. Hopefully, you can make it because I think you'll very much like what I've done with VALID. Cheers Acer ventua
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    VALID Tree Risk Training

    Hi Khriss The AA aren’t involved. I’m setting up VALID as non-profit and it’s an international venture. To give you a taste of where things are heading. In April I was out in Tasmania helping their government look at managing tree risk on their highways following a coronial inquest into a death caused by a tree failing. On the back of that, I ran an in-house course for Inner West City Council in Sydney. New Zealand Transport Authority are also interested. You get 15hrs of CPD. Cheers Acer ventura
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    VALID Tree Risk Training

    Hi Khriss That’s an interesting heart of the matter question. Without getting into the whole how can you inspect a tree but not assess the risk PTI conundrum. Perhaps this ‘What is VALID?’ one-sider might help. Cheers Acer ventura What is VALID v1.1.pdf
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    VALID Tree Risk Training

    Yay! The first VALID Tree Risk-Benefit Assessment & Management training workshops are ready to go in UK Here’s the dates and venues. You can find out more details and book by clicking the venue on the ‘Training’ page of the website. 27-28 June, Staines-Upon-Thames 01-02 July, Cambridge 04-05 July, Leeds 08-09 July, Lichfield 11-12 July, Exeter 16-17 July, Bath www.validtreerisk.com Not Sure? Why not sample the goods and have a play on the App first. Email admin@validtreerisk.com, and let me know whether you’re using iOS or Android, or both. Cheers Acer Ventura
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    Tree Risk Assessment

    Thought this might be of interest to some of you. It’s an updated and improved version of a Tree Risk Assessment review article that’s going out in this week’s NZ Arb’s Tree Matters, and was in Australia’s Arbor Age last month. I’ve made some alterations to the text and images to what’s going to be published so it's a better reference document. Mainly so the images are arranged closer to the point in the text where they’re discussed. I’ve also updated the App screen grabs to make them current. They include the people icon at the bottom right which lets you work out whether the combination of traffic and people means the occupancy should be one category higher. In this case, if you include people is the likelihood of occupation 1 Very High instead of 2 High? Tree Risk Assessment - Review.pdf
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    VALID Tree Risk-Benefit Assessment

    Woo, hoo! This has been a long time in coming, but finally this in from my tame Maths Professor who's doing the really nerdy stuff that will be doing all the hard work in the background. “…we have “stress tested” the procedure in numerical terms and didn’t find any gross, critical sensitivities… In short, in my view the mathematical basis of your approach is sufficiently robust and dependable for almost any practical purpose…” VALID's now taxiing along the runway, and the App is about to go into production for training to begin Downunder starting in February, and in the UK from April, 2018. If you want to know more about how it's going, there's some screen shots of how the App's storyboard is looking on VALID's Facebook Page. Also attached is a summary of what VALID is about. What is VALID.pdf
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    VALID Tree Risk-Benefit Assessment

    For those of you who might be interested, VALID now has a Facebook Page. The website and dates of going live should be released in October. Anyone interested in beta testing the App please PM me. https://www.facebook.com/Tree.Risk.Benefit.Assessment/ Cheers Acer ventura
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    Decay Fungi and Trees - What Would You Like to Know?

    M D's post (thanks) has had me think that perhaps I should clarify that 'tree management' would be included under likelihood of failure; ie what questions would you like to see answered about decay fungi and managing a tree? Cheers Acer ventura
  13. Hi I'm just back from delivering the likelihood of failure part of VALID at the ISA Conference in Washington DC. Whilst there, I caught up with Lynne Boddy - who was also presenting - to talk about the mycological content of VALID Tree Risk-Benefit Assessment training when it goes live this autumn. Lynne, as generous with her wealth of knowledge as ever, was happy to help out and I now reckon I've got the key parts in place. However, as I've been going through my own re-calibration on tree risk-benefit assessment and management, I thought this would be a great opportunity to take stock and see what questions you guys would like answering about the role of decay fungi in likelihood of failure. Far more importantly, and serendipitously, Lynne's currently writing a book about fungi and trees that's pitched at arboriculturists, rather than mycologists. I raised the idea of canvassing opinion about what you would like to see specifically covered in such a book with her and she thought it a great idea. There might be a top 10 myth busters section, or similar. It strikes me there's two parts here that are in keeping with a the risk-benefit approach outlined by the NTSG. What questions would you like to see answered about decay fungi and the likelihood of failure? What questions would you like to see answered about fungi and the benefits that trees provide? I'm thinking of the habitat and mycorrhizae value side of things. I’m happy to be emailed directly if you’d rather not post on a public forum. Cheers Acer ventura
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    VALID Tree Risk-Benefit Assessment

    Hi Gary No problem. I was happy to clear up the misunderstanding about what VALID is on the UKTC. The AA are planning to email my Likelihood of Failure Club Abstract out as part of the marketing, which may help put some more flesh on the bones of the day. The AA also had a piece in their recent magazine about the tour I did with Paul Muir and Claire Harbinson (Treework Environmental Practice) of New Zealand and Australia, doing something very similar. It should give you a good idea of what the day is about. Arb Magazine Summer 2017 What's the Likelihood of Failure.pdf Cheers Acer ventura . Likelihood of Failure Club - Abstract.pdf
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    Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) - Questions & Answers

    If you've been looking through this thread, and find yourself here, this might be of interest. http://arbtalk.co.uk/forum/general-chat/108629-valid-tree-risk-benefit-assessment.html#post1588205 Cheers Acer ventura

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