How to Use
Various skills and background knowledge are required depending on the chosen setting and purpose. For a good interpretation of the results, the user should have basic knowledge of the different fields called upon in the tool. To setup a new model application within an existing tool for a different geographical location, an experienced specialist is needed. In case the tool is used in a workshop or during a stakeholder meeting, a facilitator is required with basic skills in hydrodynamics and morphology to translate and interpret results for the group.
To run an interactive design session you need:
a) MapTable software;
b) a database of local conditions (depends on the tool);
c) a predictive model.
All these requirements need to be well prepared, linked and tested. Such combination is suitable to study one specific design issue at one location.
Using a tool application in a workshop setting or developing a new tool application, requires basic skills and capacities of the user or user group. The requirements depend largely on the preferred level of adaptation of the tool application. A case can be developed based on:
- current tool applications, where no adaptation of the tool application is required;
- current tool applications in a different geographical setting, where the existing tool application will be adapted to meet the new geographical settings; and
- a new tool application.
Cases and tool applications can be developed to address a specific problem for a specific geographical area. Prior to a workshop, these tool applications have to be modified or developed. Modification of a tool application or the development of a new tool application, including adequate testing, might take a significant amount of time. Requirements are listed in the tables below. Listed requirements for level 1 case development are also required for levels 2 and 3, and requirements for level 2 are also required for level 3 case development.
Required skills and capacity
|Case development||Required capacity|
|1. Existing tool existing geographical location||Facilitator|
Basic knowledge of hydrology, morphology and ecology
Basic experience with contracting in a marine environment
|2. Existing tool, different geographical location||Hydrodynamic modeling experience|
|Case development||Required software||Required hardware|
|1. Existing tool application, existing geographical location||Web browser, GoogleEarth plug-in||Computer with internet connection (for GoogleEarth)|
visualiser (i.e. beamer, screen)
|2. Existing tool application, different geographical location||Hydrodynamic model • (Delft3D, SOBEK, …), MatLab •• , OpenEarth Tools|
Pythonxy (for testing)
|3. New tool||MatLab •• , OpenEarth Tools, Pythonxy (for developing)|
•• for these software packages a license is required