Chris Vials, BSc

Project Manager, Software Development Unit

Chris Vials


Tel: +44 (0)1420 22255
Tel direct: +44 (0)1420 526244
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Chris joined Forest Research in 2002, where he has specialised in the implementation of scientific outputs as software components. He obtained a BSc in Software Engineering at De Montfort University, Leicester. Prior to joining Forest Research Chris worked as a software engineer in the power utilities market.

Current role

Project Manager, Software Development Unit

Responsibilities include project management, software project specification, software design, software quality assurance, software programming, database design, integration and testing.

Current programmes

Production forecast
Maintenance and improvements to existing software. Complete rewrite of PF system to commence early 2005.

FCIN45 support software
A support system which allows the end user to store and control information at stand level while transforming even-aged stands to continuous cover management.

Habitats and Rare Priority and Protected Species (HaRPPS)
Database design and data input utility for the Harpps internet application.

Forest condition survey
Software maintenance and support to the annual EU survey.

National Inventory of Woodland and Trees
Database design and software specification for forthcoming 10-year survey of woodland in Great Britain.

Forest yield / yield lookup
Software application and model engine version of the menstruation yield lookup tables.

Forestry Commission core model
Production of various COM objects.