Controlling Patchworks

Table of Contents

The PIN file
Set Global Variables
Target Charts
Target Chart Options
Modifying the objective function using target charts
Adjusting Values and Weights in a Target Chart
Adjusting Target Values
Adjusting Target Weights
Adjusting Target Values and Weights Using a Table
Viewing Annual or Periodic Target Values
Non-linear scaling and discount rate adjustments
Saving Target Values and Weights
Other Options for Adjusting Target Charts
Editing Treatment Schedules
Adjusting Block Eligibility using the Timing Constraint Editor
Selecting Units and Assigning Zones
Assigning Timing Constraints
GREEN: 'Free Reign'
YELLOW: 'Manual and Unavailable'
RED: 'Untreated and Unavailable'
Saving and Loading Timing Constraint Tables
Mapping with Eligibility and Availability
Starting and Pausing the Scheduler
The Performance Meter
The Performance Table
Saving and Reloading Scenarios
Saving a Scenario
Step 1. Selecting Reports
Step 2. Select an output folder
Loading a Previously Saved Scenario
When the GUI is not enough

Patchworks is a conceptually simple software product that has a large feature set and numerous options.

The Patchworks scheduler can create harvest schedule allocations for large management areas over long planning horizons, however it only does so under specific directions from the analyst that is in control. Without setting necessary ground rules and objectives the scheduler is without direction, making it impossible to converge on a stable solution. By setting constraints and objectives, the analyst can steer the scheduler in a direction towards the particular goals of a scenario. Constraints and objectives can be adjusted and changed while the scheduler is running, or between successive runs, to create 'scenarios'.

We will show you in this chapter how to control Patchworks within the Patchworks interface. We will examine the features of Patchworks that initialize conditions, start and stop the scheduler, activate and adjust targets, and save and restore scenarios. In subsequent chapters, we will look at scenario modelling and ways to automate the process in more depth.