When Delft Dashboard is started, four different area's can be distinguished
- Top menu: generic functions like coordinate systems or bathymetry types
- Model menu: specific model settings for the current (active) model (e.g. Delft3D-FLOW or XBeach)
- Map view: visualizes the bathymetry and model setup on a map
- Working space: editing the input files
The Top menu describes the most generic functions such as toolboxes, bathymetries, coordinate systems and saving options for files that are generated during your Delft Dashboard working session. The Top menu also includes features to Zoom in, Zoom out, Pan and Refresh the Map View.
The Delft3D-FLOW menu in Delft Dashboard resembles the interface of the Delft3D-FLOW modelling suite. This menu can be used to edit the Delft3D-FLOW steering file (i.e. MDF-file) and thus gives the opportunity to e.g. include or exclude physical processes, define physical and numerical parameters, or to add monitoring stations. The main difference with respect to the Delft3D-FLOW interface is the Toolbox Tab, which does not exist in Delft3D-Flow. The items that are displayed here, depend on the choice in the Toolbox Tab of the Top Menu. As default, Delft Dashboard is set to the Model Maker Toolbox.
Besides the Delft3D-FLOW model, Delft3D-WAVE, and XBeach are supported. D-Flow FM is currently being implemented.
The Map View window visualizes the map with the bathymetry and/or topography used to construct the model. As a default, Delft Dashboard starts up with the GEBCO 2008 world bathymetry in the background.
The editing of the steering file, as well as the definition of grid extension, resolution and set-up of the model bathymetry happens within the Working space, at the bottom of the Delft Dashboard home page. The items that are displayed, depend on the active tab in the Model menu, e.g. Toolbox, Initial conditions or tabs for other settings in the model input files.