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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 24, Issue 6 — November 1998

Using High-Technology Instruments to Assess Defects in Trees    (View PDF)

Giovanni Nicolotti and Paolo Miglietta

Abstract: The technical features of instruments used to assess wood defects are described and opinions are expressed on their reliability, ease of use, and interpretation. The instruments include penetrometers, electrical conductivity meters, sonic and ultrasonic detectors, thermography, radar, and X-ray tomography.

Keywords: Tree stability; VTA; penetrometers; electrical conductivity; sonic and ultrasonic detectors; thermography; radar; X-ray tomography; hazardous trees, tree structure analysis.

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