I created an automated spatial forest designer to support planners in developing harvests within important scenic or visually sensitive landscapes. The method was developed using Artificial Intelligence techniques (e.g. Genetic Algorithm). It consisted of programming within ESRI ArcGIS as well as Python and Java platforms.The tool iteratively manipulates designs while ensuring basic engineering constraints.
Chamberlain, B. and Meitner, M. Designing Variable Retention Using Harvest and Retention Planner (HaRP) (2006). ESRI International User’s Conference. San Diego, CA. July 2006.
B.C. Forest Investment Account