We are currently tying up the loose ends of the simulator: branching for alternative development scenarios, forestry operations models, individual tree growth model based simulator. The implementation of the GIS component, which the simulator and optimiser components will be able to use directly, has also begun. The optimiser module will be the main focus for the remaining year of the project.
There has also been a major internal change in the SIMO framework; we've moved from file based XML prosessing to a central data repository for the framework. All the input data is still in XML, but once it's fed to the framework, it is converted to the internal data format and stored in a Berkley DB database.