About Moose Habitat Surveyor

Measuring the density of certain plant species in an area and their current year’s growth is important for a number of biological applications, including determining availability of forage. Traditionally, methodologies involved working sites in grids much like archeology digs. These older methodologies tried to map an entire site and make complete models of plants. The older methodologies, while exact, are time and cost prohibitive.

Dr. Don Spalinger’s proposed methodology will use a random sampling model and statistical projections. This project intends to implement the measurement, recording and visualization component of the new methodology. The end result will be a portable tool that field biologists can use to systematically sample forage. The resultant data can be used to make biometric projections.

This project is an extension, improvement and completion of a CS401 Software Engineering project undertaken by Max Konovalov, Chris Kulhanek, and Jim Weller (a.k.a. Cold Moose Chasers). This project differs from the original in that:

· A more user centric development methodology will be used to maintain tight cohesion between the client, Dr. Spalinger, and the developer, Jim Weller.

· A prototyping lifecycle will be used because the waterfall lifecycle failed in the last project iteration because of the number of unknowns surrounding the project.

· This iteration of the project is more focused on completion than learning about software engineering.

The project is exciting because it has a real client, Dr. Spalinger, and a potential for immediate use in a number of forestry and land management agencies. The system uses cutting edge hardware and software which is enticing to the student programmer. I look forward to working this project to completion.

For a more detailed understanding of the project see the Requirements and Design Document