As it is said – the devil is in the details. In order to get correct and accurate timber measurements with the use of Timbeter all details must be in place. Here are some common mistakes that are made by Timbeter users and how you avoid them to obtain the correct log volumes:
1. Not checking if you have good light.
If there is too much or too little light then the logs are not visible. Lightening the image can have a significant impact on log detection. If there is too much or too little light then the logs are simply not visible. You can adjust your light in the Timbeter app.
2. Not staying parallel to the pile.
Always remember that you must be parallel to the pile when taking your pictures, otherwise the outcome can be distorted. As you can see from the picture below, logs on the left side of the pile appear smaller than they really are!
3. The same with taking a panorama picture, not moving parallel along the pile
When the measurement is done from one spot the diameters of the logs will be distorted. As you can see from the picture below, when the measurement is done from one spot then the left and right side of the pile appears smaller than in reality.
Make sure that you move parallel along the pile and keep the same distance. Then you can make the measurements from small diameter logs and also from firewood.
4. Not inputting the right data
Here is data inserted in the Storage Module:
Here is data inserted in the app:
5. Not checking the reference line.
Setting the reference correctly is extremely important to obtain accurate results. Always check of the red reference line on the screen matches the reference stick. If the red reference line on the screen is shorter or longer than the reference stick next to the pile, then you will get bigger or smaller diameters and volume than it is!
6. Not adding in missing logs
In some cases some logs can be undetected due to the long grass or some other reasons. You can always add missing logs just simply by holding your finger on the missing log
7. Not measuring the correct pile area.
Always make sure when using the pile measurement that the pile area is correct. If you use the pile measurement mode then pay attention that the pile area is correct. Too small or too big pile area will give an incorrect volume.
Timbeter has a new feature that enables you to automatically detect the pile contour. Simply tick the ‘Automatic pile area’ box. In case the automatically detected contour is mistaken, it is easy to correct it manually. Draw a loop around the area to be added (begin drawing on the inside of the contour, go outside and finish drawing on the existing contour) or vice-versa for reducing the pile area.
It also worthwhile to remember that all the measurements can always be re-measured either in the application or then in the storage module. Whenever there is a mistake done regarding the inserted data or the reference, it is easy to correct it.