Quick Tour Part I: Getting Started

Table of Contents

Visual Quality and Sustainability in the Crowsnest Pass
Starting Patchworks
Exploring the Crowsnest Pass in the Map Viewer
Exploring the stand attributes in the Table Viewer
Setting Targets for Visual Quality
Manually applying treatments
Starting the scheduler
View a Treatment Map
View a Report in the Report Writer
Stop the scheduler
Your turn

In this chapter we will run through an example that applies to the sample dataset included with your copy of Patchworks. This tutorial will walk through the basic steps required to operate the model, including

We will also introduce key concepts about how the forest is modelled, and how the scheduler works, so that you can better understand the type of problems and objectives that can be addressed using Patchworks. These key concepts will be discussed in greater detail in the next chapter (see Key Concepts).

This quick tutorial does not go into mind boggling detail (we left that for later in the User Guide!), but when you have finished this exercise you will have a better understanding of a few of Patchworks capabilities. You will be aware of what tools exist to find the information you are looking for, as well as where to look in the rest of the User Guide for a more thorough explanation.


For best results, we suggest you follow the steps with the software as you read through this chapter. The steps are marked like this!

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development: Forest Management Branch, 2003. Photo by Tammy Kobliuk.

We have deliberately kept this example simple, so that the complexity of the forest management problem would not interfere with understanding how the software works. In the fifth chapter we will present the "Quick Tour Part II", which will introduce advanced modelling features such as patch and road network modelling.