Welcome to Thoughtpool – a site associated with the Thoughtpool business to be a window on what we’re doing and why.

Thoughtpool itself is (as the name implies) a “pool” of data and models based on that data that can be commercialised via web services. Our first project is related to the wine industry, building on CSIRO research [PDF] into planning a grape harvest based on prediction of the date the grapes will reach a desired ripeness, or maturity (cautionary note: the CSIRO document covers a lot of ground, and we’re not looking to provide all of those ideas – yet). We’ve called it Harvest-Plan, and set up a customer interface site.

So what is Harvest-Plan? It is a tool for wine grape harvest planning, that aggregates individual block maturity predictions into a harvest calendar that takes firmer shape as more samples are incorporated into the predictions. It is subscription- and web-based, and is available for large and small organisations growing wine grapes and/or making the wine from them. If you have an interest in or responsibility for planning a wine vintage, then check out the Harvest-Plan site, or get in touch with us.

Protecting Value

Protect the value in each grape via earlier planning and increased cooperation throughout your vintage network

Collaborative planning

Share your intake planning with the supply network; harvesters, transporters and crushing wineries

Better maturity prediction

More accurate predictions of grape maturity with a longer planning horizon


Register now to improve your vintage planning

Latest updates from the blog …

Harvest-plan: how we predict

The prediction strategy we use depends what data we already have about the block or vineyard of interest. There are three possibilities we deal with: We have no prior data related to the variety grown on the block We have no prior data related to THIS block, but we do...

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Harvest-Plan: the components

The visible part of Harvest-plan is the web application that harvest planners (and their harvest partners) interact with using via desktops, tablets or smartphones. This is used to gather vineyard data and provide access to the maps and analytics based on that data....

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Harvest-plan: why predict?

Harvest-plan aims to ease the vintage planning process by producing non-linear harvest predictions of grape maturity. Non linear predictions can be hard going even for expert mathematicians with specialist statistical modelling software. It calls on a body of...

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