"Forest management planning is heading in the direction where we need spatial planning technology to address challenging economic and biodiversity issues. The students we are teaching today will be the forest planners of tomorrow. We teach Patchworks in the undergraduate forest management course at Lakehead University, and the students like it a lot. It is intuitive, easy to use, and really helps them understand the issues".

Kevin Crowe,
Professor of Forest Management,
Lakehead University,
Thunder Bay, Ontario


The Patchworks software comes with comprehensive documentation, including tutorials and sample datasets. You can work step-by-step through real problems with our user-friendly ‘Quick Tours’. In addition to self-paced learning, Spatial Planning Systems has developed a comprehensive curriculum to deliver Patchworks software training to your organization. Courses are held periodically in our office and can also be given at your site.

Please contact us for further information.

Introduction to Patchworks

This two-day course provides attendees with hands-on experience in using Patchworks to perform analyses. The course is divided into nine sections, each covering a facet of the Patchworks software. The sections are:
  • Patchworks overview
  • Setting up an analysis
  • Understanding Patchworks controls and features
  • Setting up a PIN file
  • Dataset and model preparation overview
  • Building Patchworks road network data
  • Topology and patching
  • Structure analysis
  • Making sense of output

Each section includes a series of consecutive exercises that culminate in an exercise that mirrors a real-world management situation. This course is oriented to analysts who will be actively using the Patchworks software. It briefly describes the steps required to build a modeling dataset.

Patchworks for Planning Partners

This one day course provides a description of the capabilities and features of the Patchworks model, with comparisons to aspatial modeling tools. The course describes:
  • How Patchworks develops solutions
  • How patches and road networks are represented
  • What types of analyses can be carried out
  • How results will differ from aspatial models
  • The types of reports available and how they can be customized
  • How reports should be interpreted

The course is oriented to planning team members and stakeholders such as biologists, supervisors and ENGOs who will be reviewing the results of Patchworks’ analysis, but who will not be using the software directly.