Introduction

MOHID Studio contains a set of utilities that allow creating, managing and analyzing Time Series. All utilities related with Time Series (Monitoring Stations, Parameters, etc.) are available through the Environmental Monitoring[1] menu (see Figure 1).


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Figure 1 : Environmental Monitoring.


All Time Series are composed by a Parameter, Monitoring Station, date and a list of values measured or modeled.



Parameters

The Parameter Manager, represented in Figure 2, displays the list of all existent parameters. To open this window, press the button "Parameter" on the Base Entities group from the Environment Monitoring menu (see Figure 1). In this window is possible to create new parameters, edit or remove existent parameters. The parameters that are associated to existent Time Series cannot be removed. To remove them, the Time Series must be removed first.

The Parameters properties window, represented in Figure 3, allows create new parameters or editing existent parameters. The property "Name" is the complete name of the parameter and the "Display name" is the name that will be displayed in all windows and reports of MOHID Studio. The "Display name" field cannot be empty.

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Figure 2 : Parameters manager.


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Figure 3 : Parameters properties window.

The property "Units" refers to the units of the parameter. This field is very useful, to know the units of the parameter, but the filling of the field is not mandatory. The numeric format of parameter value can be changed in the property "Display numeric format", by default has the value "N2". Possible numerical displays formats are represented on Table 1 (For example, to show how the numeric formats are displayed is used the number: 123.456789. For percentage format the number used is: 23.45).

Type Format Example
Exponential notation E 1,234568E+002
  E2 1,23E+002
Fixed-point F 123,46
  F3 123,457
General G 123,456789
  G4 123,5
Number N 123,46
  N3 123,457
Percentage P 23,45%
  P1 23,5%

Table 1 : Display Numerical Formats Examples.



Monitoring Station

The Monitoring Station manager (represented in Figure 4) can be accessed by pressing the button "Stations" on the Base Entities group from the Environment Monitoring menu (see Figure 1).

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Figure 4 : Monitoring Station manager.

A Monitoring Station is the place where all parameters are measured or modeled. The Monitoring Station properties window (represented in Figure 5) allow to create or editing monitoring station details. The property "Name" refers to the monitoring station name. This name will be the displayed name for the station in all reports and menus from MOHID Studio. There are several station types available, such as: Air Quality, Hydrological, Meteorological, Tide, Water Quality, Waves and Others. The Longitude and Latitude refers to the monitoring station geographical location. It is also possible to add a photo of the monitoring station by clicking in the "Change" button. When the photo is empty, the button label will be "Add…". To remove the photo, press the remove button next to the photo.

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Figure 5 : Monitoring Station properties window.

Bellow the properties of monitoring station is the list of all-time series that were measured or modeled in this monitoring station. It is possible to add more time series to this monitoring station and to modify or delete the existent time series.



Time Series

The Time Series Manager (represented in Figure 6) displays the list of all the Time Series that exists in the MOHID Studio’s database. It is possible to create new time series and edit or remove the listed time series. To access to this window press the button "Time Series" on the Base Entities group from the Environment Monitoring menu (see Figure 1). It is also possible to create a Time Series from the Monitoring Station Properties window, represented in Figure 5.

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Figure 6 : Time Series manager.

To create a new time series or modify to modify an existing one, use the Time Series Manager window (represented in Figure 6) and pressing the "Add…" button or the "Edit" button in the Time Series Manager.

The Time Series properties are: Parameter, Monitoring Station and monitoring location (tick the check box to use the same location as the monitoring station), Modeled Domain and Time Series Type (the types available are: surface, middle, bottom, composed, not defined or unknown).

The Time Series Values are the values that are obtained (by a measured or a modeled result) for a specific instance of time. These values can be created, modified, removed or imported (see Figure 7). To edit any value from the time series value list (date or value) double click, on the selected row, above the selected value to edit.

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Figure 7 : Time Series Properties window.



Importing and Exporting Time Series

The Import Time Series Files windows (represented in Figure 8) allow to importing MOHID ASCII Time Series Files to MOHID Studio. To open this window, press the button "Import" on the Base Entities group from the Environment Monitoring menu (see Figure 1). It is also possible to import time series from the Time Series Properties window, represented in Figure 7.

The easiest way to import time series file, to MOHID Studio, is following the next steps:

1) Choose one MOHID ASCII Time Series Files through the browse button;

2) Select the time series from file to import (if the file only has one time series, it will appear one Time Series);

3) Choose to add to an existent Station / Time Series or Create a new station;

4) Click "import".

To import one or more time series from the same file:

5) Choose the time series;

6) Choose the monitoring station (if a new one was created);

7) Click "import".

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Figure 8 : Import Time Series window.

If the window before the Import Time Series window was the Time Series properties window (see Figure 7), when importing one MOHID ASCII Time Series Files only the first two steps above are requested, followed by pressing the "import" button.

The Export Time Series (to ASCII) window (represented in Figure 9) displays all-time series that belongs to MOHID Studio. To export one time series, to MOHID ASCII Time Series Files, press the button "Export" on the Base Entities group from the Environment Monitoring menu (see Figure 1). Then select the time series to export, choose the destination path and then press the "Export" button. To learn more about MOHID ASCII Time Series Files check subsection File Formats.

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Figure 9 : Export Time Series window.



Moving Time Series

Moving Time Series are Time Series that the geographic measured point may change along the time in any direction (Latitude, Longitude and/or Depth). Each measure refers to a specific monitoring station, although the geographic coordinates may vary.

The Moving Time Series windows (represented in Figure 10) can be opened by pressing the button "Moving TS" on the Base Entities group from the Environment Monitoring menu (see Figure 1). This window display the list of all moving times series that are included in MOHID Studio’s database. Is possible to create, edit or delete moving time series in this window.

The Moving Time Series properties window (represented in Figure 12) display all the information about a determine Moving Time Series. All the information may be added or changed in this window, just like in Time Series properties window (see Figure 7). In this window is also possible to add a description about the moving time series (for example: "Demo Moving Time Series"). It is also possible to add a short description to the values (for example: "estimated value", "average value", "Error – no value") helping to understand the values latter, if anything goes wrong. To edit the values double click on the value to edit.

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Figure 10 : Moving Time Series window.


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Figure 11 : Moving Time Series properties window.

Instead of filling the Moving Time Series properties window, is possible to import a batch of moving time series values, through an XLS File.



Field Campaigns and Visited Points

All the data and files from the field campaigns (photos, sheets, etc.) can be easily organized and stored on a special feature from MOHID Studio. The Field Campaign manager window (represented in Figure 12) allows adding, editing or removing field campaigns objects. To open the Fields Campaign window press the button "Field Campaigns" on the Campaigns group from the Environment Monitoring menu (see Figure 1).

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Figure 12 : Field Campaign manager window.

The Field Campaign properties window (represented in Figure 13) displays all information about one Field Campaign. The properties of a Field Campaign are the name, the dates where the campaign took place and some description about the campaign. It is possible to attach any type of file to this field campaign (for example: authorization sheets, the field campaigns schedule, itinerary, etc.). All the files attached can be viewed (opened by the system default application) or removed. The files are attached to the MOHID Studio database, so the path to file can be modified or the file can be removed from disk.

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Figure 13 : Field Campaign properties window.

The Field Campaign properties windows also include the list of all visited points in this field campaign. With this list is easier to keep the history of all visited points in every field campaigns.

The Visited Points can be created by clicking in button "Add…" on the Field Campaign properties window (represented in Figure 13) and a new window will be open, Visited Point manager window (represented in Figure 14). In this window is possible do add some information about the weather conditions and some more useful information. The weather conditions are very important to analyze the results measured on a distant future.

The Visited Point properties window also allows attach files to the visited points, such as sheets, photos and other documents. These documents are attached to each visited point and not to the field campaign, so is possible to have different files attach to each visited point. The files are also stored in the MOHID Studio database, so the file location is possible and do not interfere with MOHID Studio.

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Figure 14 : Visited Point manager window.

The Visited Points can also be created, editing or removing from Visited Point manager windows (see Figure 15). Visited Points are created or editing through the Visited Point properties window (Figure 14).

The Visited Points (represented in Figure 14) can also be open by pressing the button "Visited Point" on the Campaigns group from the Environment Monitoring menu (see Figure 1).

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Figure 15 : Visited Point properties window.



Import from XLS Files

Time Series

The import feature of XLS files to MOHID Studio is very useful and simple to use. There are three different types of importation files: simple time series, moving time series (profile) and boat cruise. Each importation file has a different format and there is a demo file, of each type, that is installed along with your MOHID Studio. The demo files are located on: My Documents\Mohid Studio\Templates\Data Import.

To import time series use the template "Import – TimeSeries.xlsx" and fill the values to import. The time series template is only used for time series: date, time and parameter value (see an example represented in Figure 16). After filling the template file, save the file with a different name, keeping the template as is. The XLS file should be like the example on the Figure 16. If there is a missing field in the line, all the line will be ignored. If the first field is empty or missing or if the line is empty, all the values above will be ignored.

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Figure 16 : Import Time Series Template.

To import the time series values from XLS file to MOHID Studio use the Import Time Series window (represented in Figure 17). To open this window just press the button "Time Series" on the Import from XLS group from Environmental Monitoring (see Figure 1). First choose the parameter, monitoring station and time series type fields for the time series that will be imported and browse for the source XLS file. After the file is selected MOHID Studio will display all-time series values found on the imported file. This process may take a while, depending on the quantity of values to import. The press "Import" button to complete the importation process. This process also may take a while, depending on the quantity of values to import.

If the file has some errors or does not follow the template file, represented in Figure 16, MOHID Studio will display the error. If the message is "No values found in file" please check if the file is correct or if the template file is the correct type for the import window in use.

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Figure 17 : Import Time Series window.

Profile

When the time series results from a profile measure, and the depth field is required, the right template to use is "Import – Profile.xlsx". This file is very similar with the time series import file (represented Figure 16) with an extra coordinate field: depth. To import this file, press the button "Profile" on the Import from XLS group from Environmental Monitoring (see Figure 1). Then a window, similar to the one represented in Figure 17 will appear and follow the same procedure as the importation of a single Time Series.

Boat Cruise

The "Import – BoatCruise.xlsx" file is used for boat cruise measures or measures that required coordinates tracking. This template file is also similar with the others but has two extra coordinate fields: Longitude and Latitude (see Figure 18). To import this file, press the button "Boat Cruise" on the Import from XLS group from Environmental Monitoring (see Figure 1).

The values imported from "Profile" and "Boat Cruise" file types will be available on the Moving Time Series manager window (represented in Figure 10). To edit the imported values use the Moving Time Series properties window (see Figure 11).

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Figure 18 : Import Boat Cruise window.



Reports

The Reports[2] is one of the best ways to analyze and check all values from time series results. There are several reports available (represented in Figure 1): by Parameter, by Time Series, by Monitoring Station, by Min/Max values, by Monitoring Station. The reports are configured through the Report Window (represented in Figure 19) and are all fully described on the next sub-sections.

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Figure 19 : Report Window – Parameter.

The Report Window is composed by two main sections: the report settings content (located on the left side of the window) and the generated report content (located on the right of the windows) as represented in the Figure 19. The left side of the window is also composed the settings of the selected report and by an additional two sections: "Time Interval" and the "Output" (represented in Figure 20).

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Figure 20 : Report Window – Settings.

The settings of the selected report change in every report type and will be described on the next subsections.

The "Time Interval" (represented in Figure 20) allows the user to limit the results to a certain time interval (for example: one day, one month, one year, etc.). If the box "Apply Time Filter" is not checked, all the values in MOHID Studio’s database will be displayed.

The "Output" (represented in Figure 20) is the way to configure how the report will be displayed. There are three possible output formats: show in report window format, PDF format or XLS format. For the last two formats, a location file and name file are required. After pressing "Generate" button the report will be displayed on window or saved in a file.

When a generated report is displaying on the Report window, the top bar (represented in Figure 21) of the generated report content allows several features, such as: navigate through the generated file report, print the report, save the report file as XLS format or/and PDF format, zoom it and setting the page layout.

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Figure 21 : Report Navigation bar.

Report by Parameter

Reports by parameter, as the name says, are reports based on parameter’s values. This type of reports will show all values from a determine parameter, from all monitoring stations. As an example, on the Figure 22 is represented a sample of a time series values report by parameter, for the parameter "Temperature" with the Time Interval from 01-01-2010 to 01-10-2010. The values are displayed alphabetical by monitoring station name and by chronological date.

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Figure 22 : Report by Parameter.

Report by Time Series

Reports by Time Series display all values for a parameter obtained (measured or modeled) from one monitoring station. The list of parameters is displayed on the field "Parameter". After the "Parameter" is chosen, the list of time series displays all the time series available in MOHID Studio’s database for that parameter. Choose the times series for the report, by selecting the name. If there are measured and modeled parameters, it is possible to choose between the two different types. To generate the report press the "Generate" button.

The values from Report by Time Series are displayed in chronological time, as represented in Figure 23.

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Figure 23 : Report Window – Time Series.

Report by Monitoring Station

The reports by Monitoring Station display all results from all parameters measured or modeled for one monitoring station. To generate a report by Monitoring Station, select the monitoring station on the settings panel and press "Generate". The generated report will displayed the parameter, date and time, value and parameter units, all order by chronological date. An example of this process is represented in Figure 24.

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Figure 24 : Report Window – Monitoring Station.

Report by Min/Max Values

The Reports by Min/Max Values generate reports displaying the minimum and maximum values obtained (measured/modeled) from a specific Monitoring Station. These values are separated by types of time series (surface, middle, bottom, etc.), being displayed the minimum and maximum for each other.

To generate the Reports by Min/Max Values choose one parameter from the drop down box, select the monitoring station from the monitoring station list and press "Generate" button. An example of this process is represented in Figure 25.

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Figure 25 : Report Window – Min/Max Values.

Report by Moving Time Series

The Moving Time Series reports list all the values from the profiles measured on a specific monitoring station. To generate this report, chose a parameter, a monitoring station and then the date and of the first measure from that station. The Moving Time Series Report window (represented in Figure 26) is only available when are moving time series in MOHID Studio’s database. The only parameters and monitoring stations displayed are the ones that have values for moving time series.

The moving time series has as header the information about the station and the parameter and the body contains the date, the depth and the value, order chronological.

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Figure 26 : Report Window – Moving Time Series.

The moving time series imported by XLS files from "Profile" import and "Boat Cruise" import may be displayed by the Moving Time Series Reports.


  1. The Environmental Monitoring menu comes with the Environmental Monitoring Plugin is only available for the MOHID Studio Professional Version.
  2. Requires Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 or later.

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