• Example Harvests in Perspective View (percentage harvest and resolution differ)
  • Perspective and Overview Example II
  • Perspective and Overview Example III
  • Overview of 80% harvest
  • Perspective view of 60% harvest
  • Overview of 60% harvest
  • Example Modelbuilder I
  • Example Modelbuilder II
   

Automating Visual Resource Management

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.

Dissemination:

Chamberlain, B. and Meitner, M. Automating Harvest Design for Visual Resource Management. Landscape and Urban Planning, 90 (1-2), pp 86-94.

Chamberlain, B. (2010). Towards more aesthetic forestry. Branchlines 20 (2).

Chamberlain, B. and Meitner, M. (2008). Visual aesthetics and forest harvest design: an automated approach. ESRI International User’s Conference. San Diego, CA.

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.

People:

Dr. Mike Meitner

Funding:

B.C. Forest Investment Account
NSERC