Remsoft Open Training in Fredericton, Canada

Remsoft Open Training sessions are always a big hit and often sell-out. They are taught through demonstration and hands-on modeling exercises. Space is limited so please reserve your seat early.


Dates and Location

June 10th – 12th, 2019

The University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada


Conference Hotels

There are hotel rooms blocked at both:

Crowne Plaza Fredericton – Lord Beaverbrook Hotel
659 Queen Street, Fredericton
New Brunswick, Canada
E3B1C3 | 1-506-455-3371
Book Online
(Or call and reference the Remsoft Room Block)

Hilton Garden Inn Fredericton
620 Queen Street, Fredericton
New Brunswick, Canada
E3B 1C2 | 1-506-999-1551
Call and reference the Remsoft Room Block to book


Courses

Modeling Fundamentals (IMF) is the basic introduction to forest modeling using Woodstock. Other than a basic understanding of forestry concepts (silvics, harvesting systems, reforestation methods, etc.) there are no requirements for this class. That said, Fundamentals is an intense 2.5 day course that covers a lot of material. The cost for the 2.5 day course is $2,000.

Modeling Fundamentals will be held on Monday, June 10 – Wednesday, June 12.

Modeling Workshops are advanced modeling classes and the expectation is that students are already adept at modeling constructs such as outputs and constraints. Prerequisites are listed for each workshop. Each workshop is an intensive half or full day session, and the cost is $500 per half day workshop or $1,000 for a full day workshop.

Modeling Workshops will be held from Monday, June 10 – Wednesday, June 12.

Remsoft Integrator (WRI) 1 day workshop $ 1000.00

Applied Modeling Techniques (WAM) 1 day workshop $ 1000.00

Debugging and Due Diligence (W3D) 1/2 day workshop $ 500.00


Schedule and Overview

Monday, June 10th

Modeling Fundamentals – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of forestry and forest-level planning objectives

Basic introduction to the Remsoft software suite, terminology, demo.

Commence model building. Forest characterization. Initial area description. Simple harvest action, transitions and associated outputs.

Remsoft Integrator 1 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Full Day) 

Prerequisites: Complete fluency in Woodstock modeling, data preparation and QA (generally 1+ years of Woodstock experience following Modeling Fundamentals).

Remsoft Integrator is a scripting language add-on to the Woodstock Modeling System that can facilitate model development and maintenance through access to standardized data tables which are used to develop some (or all) of a Woodstock model section. The course begins with a review of Woodstock FOREACH loops and the selection of naming conventions to make development of standardized models easier. Next, we will use Integrator code to access data source files (shapefiles or personal geodatabases) to build up the Landscape and Areas files in an automated fashion. We will use price and costs data in Excel to update the Regimes and Yields sections.

In the afternoon we now look at incorporating Integrator code into template files that can be used to automate the update of model sections, or completely rewrite a new model from scratch. We will go over using templates with scenarios, as well as update regions (for updating only part of a model section). We will work through an example of importing yield tables from joined Access tables using an SQL query. Along the way we will discuss best practices and common data approaches that might help you organize your work.

Tuesday, June 11th

Modeling Fundamentals (continued) – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Stepwise refinement of the model (new actions, outputs) including reforestation, linked decisions (regimes and prescriptions). Basic inventory and action-based outputs. Objective functions and constraints.

Complete the formulation of the word problem. Outputs practice: inventory, operable inventory and action-based outputs. Limiting output calculations to discrete development type classes using age and yield values.

Applied Modeling Techniques Workshop – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Full Day) 
Prerequisite: Modeling Fundamentals + 6 months modeling experience

Learn about novel modeling techniques and approaches that Remsoft employs when building, running, and updating models. In this workshop, Remsoft Senior Analysts will take you through approaches and techniques that they use in their work. As a participant, you will discuss when these techniques are applicable and gain hands on experience in their deployment. The session will further include working examples of latest software features and syntax such as, creating new types, model templates, use and application of Analysis Area controls, new approaches for troubleshooting infeasibilities, enhanced reporting…etc. In addition, we will discuss ways to make your models more efficient – including examining circumstances in which different modules might apply. This session will briefly cover all Remsoft software modules including Woodstock, Allocation Optimizer, Integrator, and Spatial Optimizer.

Wednesday, June 12th

Modeling Fundamentals (continued) – 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Constraints formulations and scenario management. Dealing with infeasibility.

Due Diligence & Debugging – 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Prerequisite: Modeling Fundamentals + 6 months modeling experience

The focus of this workshop is how to improve model performance confidence in model results and performance. First, we look at the process of matrix generation itself and the clues it provides about your model: Are your outputs being calculated correctly? Do you have missing yields? Is your model needlessly large because of landscape themes that provide no value? Are all your actions being considered? Next, we look at strategies for debugging your model, and finding errors of omission and commission: Are the transitions creating development types that lack yields? How do you know if a development type is linking to the correct yield table? Finally, we look at various reports and assorted tips that can be used to track down hard-to-find problems in your models.


Registration

All registrations for both User Group and Open Training can be made online.

Register Here.


Contact Us

After Open Training, Remsoft will also be hosting User Group in Fredericton. See more here

For more information on Training or User Group, please contact Phillis Kelly at training@remsoft.com