Choose your database

Invoking SHAKYGROUND, click the Shakyground.exe icon on the corresponding directory you should see the screen. Underneath the Title “Shakyground – Mestor Snc” you find a row with “Input” and “Output” together with a toolbar of eight symbols. The eight symbols symbols are shortcuts of the options you can invoke by clicking “Input” and “Output”, respectively.
Click now “Input” on the row underneath the title “Shakyground – Mestor Snc”. You have 8 choices.
With “Open catalog” you specify the catalog you wish to use to access when you retrieve a previous source or geological model and where you may store your actually created input data. SHAKYGROUND gives you a list of files available under the current directory. You can change file extensions and current search directories as usual in the standards of Microsoft Windows operation systems. Click the file in order to select the catalog to which SHAKYGROUND should make reference during the entire session.

With the option “New Catalog” you start with an empty catalog, both with respect to sources and layer models. This option is useful if you start a new project and you don’t wish to get confused with your former work. When you have the information together which you want to have in the catalog you can use “Save Catalog”to save all stuff under your desired name.

The next option of the “Input” menu is “Open models”. Here you decide which data base to access when you save an entire set of input parameters or when you retrieve them. Again SHAKYGROUND gives a list of available files. You can make your choice using the same conventions as described above. The use of the input menu items “Open catalog” and “Open Models” is optional. If you don’t activate them SHAKYGROUND uses the default databases “catalog.cat” and “Simul.mdb”. Here we should shortly mention that the model data base as “Simul.mdb” is the data base where also the results are written to. You may choose to create “New Model Data Base” where you store the input parameters the project you’re actually working on. Or you may decide to open an already existing model data base, working on it and then “Save [the] Model Data Base” a new model data base. It is thus possible to have a unique link from results to the model parameters used during the processing.

You may feel somewhat confused about the model database and the catalog. For the moment note that they represent two different ways to save and to access input parameters. You will soon understand the underlying principles when we talk in more detail about the option “Models”, where you learn how to create new models. Finally we note the option “Quit” which is quite self-explaining.

Instead of clicking the “Input” underneath the “Shakyground – Mestor Snc” title and then selecting the subitems of the menus you can directly access SHAKYGROUNDs options by using the icons in the toolbar of this window. Move the mouse over the icons in order to see what options they invoke. Moving the mouse over the icons for detecting their meaning is quite a common convention in programs running under MS-Windows operating system. SHAKYGROUND follows this convention, too. With the first three icons you can invoke the options “Open Model Data Mase”‚“New Model Data Base”‚ and “Save Model Data Base As”. Three more icons concern the use of catalog data. For more details see again the text above. With the seventh icon “Edit model” you start the creation of new models. The creation of models is the subject of the next chapter. Finally there is the “Stop” icon which exits SHAKYGROUND.