Version 2014 is nearing completion and the big new features are the Planning Scheduler, FLIPS and FIA Imports, Cover Stratification and the Acadia DLL Growth Model.
The planning scheduler is a multi year / multi stand scheduling tool added to the Planning Editor. Now you can create multi stand schedules by dragging management actions around a grid of stands and years. Exploring effects of harvest timing and thinning approaches is a matter of moving actions and viewing the results in the simulation viewer. Its simple and even fun to use. Look for a complete write up when version 2014 is formally released.
FLIPS is a popular inventory tool here in the NW published by Atterbury Consultants. If you have data in FLIPS, you can now use the FLIPS import to bring FLIPS field data into Assisi and compile and grow your data using Assisi's models. SuperEasy, a data collection tool, will be coming in a future release.
Do you use FIA datasets? Assisi can now import field data from FIA databases, include condition fields. Once in Assisi, you can use Assisi's Stratification Wizard to stratify FIA data on condition codes.
Assisi has been working on the Acadia growth model DLL that will be maintained by the Univ. of Maine. Acadia is a growth model applicable to the Acadian region of the US NE and SE of Canada. The Acadia DLL will estimate heights and simulate growth for tree lists in any tool capable of using DLLs including R, C#, VBA and just about any Windows programming language. A version of Linux is also in the works.
Vegetation Expanded to Cover
The current vegetation features have been widened to cover features. Vegetation is now one type of many possible covers. Cover has also been added to the Stratification Wizard allowing tree data to be post stratified based on the cover types trees are found on. This is in addition to the current plot level forest type stratification.
Metric and English Units at Stand Level
Stands can now set the units their field data were collected in on a stand by stand basis. This combined with Assisi's existing model level units means you can collect data in one unit while process using equations in a variety of units.
Additional Data Types
To support FIA data, a number of new data types were added including: Water Type, Elevation, Species Form, Owner and formal Size Class. Many of these fields are critical for FIA's condition processing, but of course can be used for any other purpose as well.
There's more including big speed and memory enhancements as well as smaller bug fixes. Can you tell I like what I do?!