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Bernard's Suggested Steps and Tools For Building a Weather Event Simulator Case Study

This list has been adapted from our recent WES Case Study Development Workshop. The parenthetical links will allow you to download C-Shell scripts to accomplish many of the tasks. Links in brackets [ ] are to tarred and compressed files. (Earier versions of these scripts can be found in the /local/BernardsScripts directory on your WES.)
  1. Load the case data from the AWIPS archive (CD-ROM/DVD-ROM) onto the WES. [ CaseInstallerVer1.2.1.tar.Z ]
  2. Create the necessary localization subdirectories in the case directory (e.g., /data/awips/2003Aug12) (Make_Localization_Directories.csh)
  3. Create an appropriate localization for the case in the localizationDataSets subdirectory. First ensure that a line reading:
    @@@PUP_TABLES [space] TRUE
    is in your /awips/fxa/data/localization/XXX/XXX-mainConfig.txt file, then run:
    /awips/fxa/data/localization/scripts/mainScript.csh n XXX XXX
    where XXX is the three letter station identifer (e.g., FWD).
  4. The standard AWIPS Archiver stores all the data for a UTC day, which might be more than your case requires. If you have received your data from our SRH AWIPS archive, then it will contain the 0.5 elevation angle data for all 44 radars in the region. Remove any unwanted data and/or radar directories from your case. (Remove_Unwanted_Case_Data.csh; Remove_Unwanted_Radar_Directories.csh).
    NOTE: If your case spans two or more UTC days, then copy all the data into a single case directory.
  5. To make the processing of the case by the WES software more efficient, remove any empty subdirectories in the case. (Remove_Empty_Case_Directories.csh)
  6. Add any D2D procedures you wish to the case. I suggest those procedures be stored under a D2D user name which is the same as the case (e.g., 2003Aug12). Edit the file   /awips/fxa/data/fxa-users   to add the name of that user to the D2D list. Create the procedures using the D2D, or store any existing procedures in the procs/{user_name} subdirectory of the case.
    Remember, any radar-specific procedures will always display the last frames in the data set. If you want the trainee to use your procedures to view frames ending at a specific case time, then the instruct them to convert the archived case to the DRT format and set the case time to that of the last frame you wish the trainee to see.
  7. Prepare a Simulation Guide for use with the case. <  AuthorsReference.doc > (66 Kbytes) and <  SampleSimulationGuide.doc > (1.1 Mbytes) developed by NWS Eastern Region SSD (Word Files).
  8. Add any HTML-based Simulation Guides and/or presentations to the case by placing them in an {casename}/HTML subdirectory.
  9. Add any PowerPoint presentations to the case by placing them in a {casename}/Presentations subdirectory. (Note the recipients of the case would have to install the OpenOffice suite or similar software in order to view such presentations directly on the WES.)
  10. Ensure the data are in the Case Study format prior to packaging the data for distribution.
  11. Since you cannot be certain which version of the WES software the case recipients might be running, I suggest you include the most recent version of your localization in the localizationDataSets subdirectory in the case. (Refer to Step 3 above.)
  12. Package the electronic case data and supplemental materials for writing to a DVD-ROM. (Tar_and_Compress_Case_Data.csh)
  13. Write the packaged electronic case data and supplemental materials onto the DVD-ROM. I log into a GNOME session on the WES, place a blank DVD in the drive and then drag and drop all the appropriate files in the CD/DVD Creator folder that appears. Once all the files have been placed into the folder I choose File --> Write to Disc. I specify the DVD Writer and choose Write.
  14. Provide a one page summary of your case for inclusion in our case study library (Sample_WES_Template.wpd).

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