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Imports Swiss Hydro Data time series data as ASCII files that are delivered to FOEN in Switzerland. The files contain discharge time series in m3/s and water levels in cm. The files have a name that contains the delivery date ("hbchaFEWS.2016041223.txt"), this information is not used when importing the files..

Configuration (Example)

A complete import module configuration consists of an ID Mapping file and an Import Module Instance file. Examples of the two are provided below.

The SHD file has the following characteristics:

  • Header lines start with a %
  • A new data section (time series) in the file starts with %ASCI or ASCII
  • The second header line contains the location ID, parameter ID and qualifier ID.
    In the old header formatting (using <importType> "SHD"): the header %GL-04140875-10-0 is split by the '-' character, so first part %GL is ignored, the second part is used as location ID, the third as the parameter ID and the forth as the qualifier ID (if present).
    In the new header formatting (using <importType> "shd-extloc", available since 2017.01): the header %GL-04140875-10-0 the starting % is removed, then the header is split by the '-' character, the first and second part are used as location ID (separated by '-', "GL-04140875" for the example), the third as the parameter ID and the forth as the qualifier ID.
  • The third header line contains the unit. The header %Schwanden Sernf - Abfluss - m3/s is split by the '-' character, only last part is used (m3/s)
  • All rows that does not start with % are data lines
  • Missing value identifier is expected to be: blank
    • First column contains data with format "dd.MM.yyyy"
    • Second column contains time with format ""HH:mm:ss" or ""HH:mm"
    • Third column contains value with decimal point.


The following example of an Import Module Instance will import the time series as equidistant 1 hour interval series for time zone GMT+1 hour.

<timeSeriesImportRun xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="">
			<importType>shd-extloc</importType>      <!-- use importType "SHD" for the old location id formatting -->
			<timeSeriesType>external historical</timeSeriesType>
			<timeStep unit="hour" multiplier="1"/>
			<readWriteMode>add originals</readWriteMode>
			<timeSeriesType>external historical</timeSeriesType>
			<timeStep unit="hour" multiplier="1"/>
			<readWriteMode>add originals</readWriteMode>


The ID mapping file will contain a mapping of the parameters and locations in the data file with the internal parameter and location ID’s of the Delft-FEWS application.

sample of IdMapSHD.xml
<idMap xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="" version="1.1">
	<!--mapped Observed water level data series-->
	<parameter external="2" internal="H.m"/>
	<parameter external="10" internal="Q.m"/>
	<locationIdFunction externalLocationFunction="@EXTERNAL_ID@" internalLocationSet="HydroStations_ImportSwiss"></locationIdFunction>

Example File/

%ASCII-Tabelle/von HydroPro; ©HBCHa 2016
%Zweisimmen - Abfluss - m3/s
11.04.2016	01:00	6.589
11.04.2016	02:00	6.610
11.04.2016	03:00	6.494
11.04.2016	04:00	6.411
11.04.2016	05:00	6.395
11.04.2016	06:00	6.291
11.04.2016	07:00	6.254
11.04.2016	08:00	
11.04.2016	09:00	6.116
11.04.2016	10:00	6.145

Java source code

Delft-FEWS Java import parser source code:

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