HERS-ST Highway Economic Requirements System - State Version: User's Guide
Chapter 11 Customizing HERS-ST Options
This chapter addresses customizing the software environment.
You can customize the software to meet your specific needs in the HERS-ST Options. To access these options, select Tools/Options from the menu and navigate through the tabs. The following summarizes the options available to you under each tab. You may want to work with the application for a while before you change the default Options settings.
The General tab (Figure 11-1) allows you to set the following options.
Figure 11-1. General Options.
- Display Browser. Causes the Workset Browser to be displayed on start up.
- Advanced Features. Permits access to the advanced features of the application.
- Archive Output Files. Copies all files generated by a HERS-ST run into a specified location as determined by the Archive directory.
- Validate Highway Data. Automatically runs the HPMS validation rules when importing highway data.
- Only Import Samples. Restricts importing of the HPMS data to only those sections that are flagged as standard samples.
- Only Validate Samples. Restricts enforcement of the HPMS validation rules to only those sections that are flagged as standard samples.
- Save Scenario Results. Causes the Scenario results of a HERS-ST run to be automatically saved to the database.
The Database tab (Figure 11-2) allows you to specify the location and login information for the HERS-ST database. You must close any open workset before changing the current database. Use the Database Manager to manage and maintain your database files.
Figure 11-2. Database Options.
The Highway Data tab allows you to specify which HPMS validation rules are to be enforced on the Highway Data and the default values for each HPMS field.
Default Values. The default values (Figure 11-3) are used during Import of an external HPMS file. There is a default value for each HPMS data field. When a field is missing from the original file, it will be assigned its default value when it is imported into the database.
Figure 11-3. Highway Data Options (Default Values).
Validation Rules. The Validation Rules page (Figure 11-4) lists each highway data validation rule. Each validation rule is displayed along with a checkbox to enable or disable it. If a rule is checked, it is enabled and will be enforced when highway data is either imported or edited.
Figure 11-4. Highway Data Options (Validation Rules).
The Layouts options tab (Figure 11-5) allows you to view and delete table layouts that have been defined for the Highway Data and Section Conditions windows. To delete a layout from the list, select it and click the Delete button.
Figure 11-5. Layout Options.
The System options tab (Figure 11-6) allows you specify your system environment directories and support applications. There are eight directories.
Figure 11-6. System Options.
- Working. Location where all data files are exported and the pre-processing and analysis takes place each time a HERS-ST run is performed. This directory is cleared before each run and MUST NOT correspond to any other directory.
- Default. Location where HERS-ST data files used by the application for its default values are located. These files include the runspec.dat, ppspec.dat, etc.
- HERS. Location where HERS-ST pre-processor (hstpp.exe) and analysis engine (hersst.exe) are located.
- Archive. Location where archive files are stored. The software will create a subdirectory for each run of HERS-ST.
- Temp. Location for miscellaneous use.
- Report. Location where ad hoc reports are stored. The database maintains a reference pointing to these files.
- Template. Location where Chart and Report templates are stored.
- Maps. Location of the root directory for each State’s background county, water, and urban area topical maps. These maps are used to create background images for the highway maps.
The Configuration options tab (Figure 11-7) allows you to view the version numbers and compile date of each component of the HERS-ST GUI application and analysis engine. This information is useful to the system administrator to ensure matching application configurations on multiple computers.
Figure 11-7. Configuration Options.