Quick Tour Part III: Preparing Patchworks Datasets

Table of Contents

Organizing your workspace
Using the Group Fragments Tool
Looking at the Inventory
Using the Proximal Topology Tool
Using the Group Fragments Tool
Using the Majority Tool to add fields to the Block Shape File
Creating Block Topology
Converting the Aspatial Model to the Forest Model
Customizing the Forest Model
Building the Matrix
Generating a Road Model
Building a Basic PIN File
Starting the PIN Builder
Adding Optional Elements to the PIN file
Setting up route accounts using the PIN Builder
Saving the PIN file from the PIN Builder

This Quick Tour will go through the steps to generate each part of the Crowsnest Pass sample dataset and get them into shape for input into Patchworks.

The relationship of the three main areas of data preparation is shown in Figure 147, “Steps to building a Patchworks model”. Most of the steps necessary to create a model dataset can be carried out using the Data Prep tools accessible from the Application Launcher. Each data preparation tool is shown by an orange oval and the corresponding section in the following chapter is above each component of the diagram.

We suggest that when you work through this section you use the checklist found in ???

Figure 147. Steps to building a Patchworks model

Steps to create a model, where each green oval represents a data preparation tool accessible from the Application Launcher, and the number above it, the relevant section in the User Guide.


It is important to distinguish between the sample dataset included with the software and the Quick Tour III dataset you will prepare. The 'Sample' folder contains a complete model that works with the Quick Tour's in Part I. When building the dataset in the Quick Tour III be sure to NOT replace any of the files in the Sample folder (just in case they are slightly different!).