RMT water characterization software provides a topographical interpretation of flow and water quality data by utilizing the X- and Y-coordinates of a given catchment area. The unique interface allows the user full control of the visual appearance of their water quality data, producing images suitable for reports and presentations. RMT was developed as an add-on to many of the water quality models currently in use today but can also be used independently with raw water quality data. The map created using RMT provides a visual representation of a given catchment area with the width of the river representing flow and the color of the lines representing the concentration of the chosen pollutant.
THE FILE MENU
The File Menu provides the facilities required to create a new database, open and close files or print a report file. A summary of each of the items found in the File Menu are as follows.
By selecting the Create New ... option from the File Menu, you can create a new database from existing data. Two data files are required to create a database, the structure of which has been discussed above.
The Open option from the File Menu is used to open an existing Map database. The program will ask you to specify the location of the existing .mdb database. Once this has been done, the RMT software will read in the data from the database file and plot the map in black. You can now choose which Parameters to plot from the Parameter Menu.
If a new Map database is to be produced from existing data, use the File Menu, Create New ... option to read in the existing data.
Use the Close option on the File Menu to close the existing map. You do not have to save the map file as any changes are automatically saved to the database file.
The Print option on the File Menu is used to send the map file to an attached printer or save the contents in a range of file formats. The Map can be printed in Portrait format on an A4 sheet of paper. When you first select this option, the program will take about one minute to write the Map to the report software at which point a print window should appear. This Print window is the RMT software link to the printer and can be maximized by clicking the maximize button in the top right corner. The icons provided perform the following functions:
- MAGNIFYING GLASS: Preview the full page before printing.
- PRINTER: Send the contents of the .RMT file to the default printer.
- SUITCASE: Save the contents in a range of file formats for export to other applications.
- MAIL: Send the file as e-mail.
THE VIEW MENU
The View Menu allows you to include a grid with the map and also plot flow, monitoring and effluent discharge points on the map. You can also choose whether to view the full map or specify a single reach or river to be plotted. A summary of each of the items found in the View Menu are as follows.
By selecting the Grid option on the View Menu, an 8 by 8 grid will be displayed across the Map. This allows easy reference of points of interest on the Map by using the grid references, letters A to H along the horizontal, and numbers 1 to 8 along the vertical.
The Stations option on the View Menu allows the location of stations to be viewed on the Map. By selecting the Station type(s) and clicking OK, each station will be plotted on the Map with one of the following symbols:
By selecting the Whole Map option on the View Menu after you have viewed part of a Map, you will be returned to viewing the entire map.
The Part Map option on the View Menu allows viewing of individual rivers or reaches. The RMT software displays a window allowing you to input the river or reach number of the river to plot. After entering the required number and clicking on OK, the individual river or reach will be displayed.
THE SETTINGS MENU
The Settings Menu allows you to select which parameters are to be activated for the current map. You can also edit the values associated with each color on the scale along the bottom of the screen for each individual parameter. The Settings Menu can also be used to alter the color of the grid or the appearance of the background. This is particularly useful as a bitmap (.bmp) file can be used as a background allowing you the opportunity to include further information with the map. You can also add a title to the map which will appear on the task bar as well as in the report file. Below is a summary of each of the items found in the Settings Menu.
The Parameter Settings option on the Settings Menu allows you to select which parameters can be displayed on the Map. A window is displayed, and you should select the required parameters by clicking the option box next to the parameter. At this stage, a tick mark will be displayed denoting the Parameters that have been activated.
The Color Values option on the Settings Menu allows you to change the color for values, up to, but not including the value specified in each field for each parameter. To change a color, click on CHANGE COLOR at which point a color window will be displayed. From this window you should select the new color, by clicking on the desired color and clicking on OK. This action will not affect any other database, which will retain its original color values.
The Grid Color menu option on the Settings Menu allows you to change the grid color being displayed. A window will be displayed allowing you to choose the color from a range of colors. Click the box containing the new color and then click OK. The new color should be shown when the grid is displayed.
The Map Background option on the Settings Menu can be used to alter the appearance of the map background. When selected, a color window will be displayed from which you should select the desired color and press OK. The Map Background will now change to the new color selected.
The Map Title option on the Settings Menu can be used to attach a title to the Map. When selected, a window with a text box appears. After entering the title for the map and clicking on OK, the new title will be shown at the bottom right hand side of the status bar and written to the database. When the database is loaded in the future, the new title will be shown.
THE PARAMETERS MENU
The Parameters Menu allows you to switch between each of the activated parameters. Parameters can be activated using the Parameters Settings option on the Settings Menu. Activated parameters are highlighted in bold. The parameters that can be plotted with RMT are as follows:
- SUSPENDED SOLIDS
- BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND
- PERMANGANATE VALUE
- DISSOLVED OXYGEN
- PERCENTAGE SATURATION
- TOTAL ORGANIC NITROGEN (TON)
- TOTAL HARDNESS (TH)
- WATER QUALITY INDICES
- BIOLOGICAL INDICES
THE HELP MENU
The Help Menu contains access to RMT's extensive Help file and information.
THE STATUS BAR
The Status Bar is found along the bottom of the window and contains information on the progress of a file transfer, name of the open file, view and title of the map file.
THE COLOR SCALE
The Color Scale is found along the top of the status bar. On entering the Program, the values attached to each of the defined colors are given a value of zero. Once the database has been read in, the color scale attached to each parameter will be displayed when the activated parameter has been selected. When creating a new database, the color scale has to be defined before the data can be plotted.
RMT Hardware and Software Requirements
RMT is being developed for both 16- and 32-bit operating systems using Visual Basic language. In order to take full advantage of RMT's current features, the following hardware and software configuration is required as a minimum:
- OPERATING SYSTEM:- WINDOWS 95/98/2000/NT
- MINIMUM PROCESSOR:- 486
- MINIMUM RAM:- 4 MB ( 8 MB RECOMMENDED )
- HARD DISK SPACE:- 5 MB FOR INITIAL INSTALLATION