President and Developer
Tom Moore, president of Spatial Planning Systems, holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick. In his early career he worked as a researcher and project leader with the Canadian Forest Service.
Patchworks has evolved from ideas developed at the Petawawa National Forestry Institute about geographic information systems, planning models, and decision support systems. Research from this era with Carey Lockwood led to the publication in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research of Harvest Scheduling with Spatial Constraints, a seminal article on a practical approach to spatial forest modeling. In a continued collaboration between Tom and Carey, the Patchworks system was developed to address several challenging policy analysis problems dealing with adjacency and proximity. Since that time the Patchworks product has grown to include additional spatial modeling capabilities, a full suite of data management and reporting tools, a highly customized and effective interface, and comprehensive documentation and support.
Over the course of his career, Tom has been involved in national level committees standardizing, innovating and promoting technology for forest inventory and management. He has been a regular participant in conferences and workshops, and has contributed articles to scholarly publications and trade journals. He has worked with national and provincial forest agencies, forest products companies and forest management consultants.