The Top Menu of Delft Dashboard contains the general functions, which allows the user to perform the most generic operation and switch between the specific toolboxes:
To start a New project, to open existing communication files of the Deltares modelling suite (e.g. MDF files for Delft3D-FLOW, MDW files for Delft3D-WAVE, params.txt for XBeach and MDU files for D-Flow FM ) or to write these files. It is recommended to define a new Working directory for a new project. Exit allows the user to exit Delft Dashboard.
This is one of the most important features of Delft Dashboard. With this Tab it is possible to switch between different available Toolboxes. The available functionality is described in the Chapter Toolboxes and Advanced Toolbox. Advanced Toolbox are toolboxes that are not publicaly open and one needs to get permission to get acces to the subversion.
To switch between different numerical models. In the current version, Delft3D-FLOW, Delft3D-WAVE and XBeach are implemented. D-Flow FM is currently being implemented.
To switch between different domains, i.e. in case domain decomposition is used. The different domains are identified by their run-id under this Tab. The grid corresponding to a given domain will appear in the Map View with a darker color. Add domain is used to add a new model domain and Delete Domain to remove it.
To select the bathymetry to be viewed in the Map View window and work with during the setting-up of the model. Each bathymetry is associated with a specific reference system. It is therefore essential that before setting up a model a specific reference system is selected via the Tab Coordinate System in the Top Menu. All bathymetries are at least available in the WGS84 coordinate system, which is the default coordinate system in Delft Dashboard.
To view shoreline data. Shoreline data are viewed with a black line in the Map view. In the current version, only the World Vector Shoreline is available (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency - NGA). The resolution of this dataset is about 500 meter.
To change the view on the Map View window. The following views are available: Bathymetry, Aerial, Hybrid, Map, as shown in the Figure below. Shoreline and Cities can be added to the view. Settings can be used to change color map and color limits.
Figure: Impression of the possible views in Dashboard: Bathymetry (top-left), Aerial (bottom-left), Hybrid (top-right), Map (bottom-right).
To switch between different coordinate systems. As the default, Delft Dashboard uses geographical coordinates (i.e. WGS 84). However, Other Geographic or Other Cartesian coordinate systems can be selected. Amersfoort/RD New is the national coordinate system used in The Netherlands. UTM coordinates can be used as well. In that case click Select UTM Zone after which a pop-up window will appear. The desired UTM zone can be selected with the mouse and highlights in red color.
N.B. It is crucial that the coordinate system is selected before setting up a simulation as this will destroy any previous model setting. Therefore, a warning message will pop-up before choosing a new coordinate system: “All model and Toolbox window will be discarded! Continue?”. Choosing “Yes”, a new model can be set-up from scratch based on the new coordinate system.
Figure: Impression of the window to select the UTM zone in Dashboard
Coordinate Conversion converts Delft3D grids (.grd), TEKAL land boundary files (.ldb, *.pol), Samples Files (.xyz) from one coordinate system to a different one. This tool is based on the Open Earth Tool “SuperTrans”.
Figure: Impression of the window to convert coordinates in Dashboard with SuperTrans
Deltares Online opens the Deltares website. Delft Dashboard online opens the Delft Dashboard Wiki page.
Only used for code development.