In a previous modeling tip, we provided an overview on working with layers within Lakes Environmental Software products. In the popular AERMOD View application, another tab is Plots which lists all available contour plot output files.
Plots Tree View
The Plots tab contains several functions to assist users in visualizing and analyzing data.
View as Text opens the selected Plot file in the system’s default text editor. Note that you can change the default editor via the Preferences menu.
Zoom to Plot File is the newest feature available in the Plots Tree View. This button quickly zooms to the full extents of the selected Plot file. This allows the user to easily zoom in or out to the plot’s extents without having to switch to the Overlays tab.
View as Grid opens the selected Plot file in the Plot File Grid View window. As discussed in a previous modeling tip, this feature creates a full tabular view of the Plot file data and allows for exporting to Excel.
Import Plot File / Export to CSV provides modelers with the means to quickly import existing Plot files or export selected Plot files to CSV format for further analysis.
Delete Selected removes the selected Plot file or files from the drawing area. The Plot file is deleted from the project entirely. To delete multiple files, hold the Ctrl key while selecting the plots to be removed.
You can also right-click with the mouse on any of the Plot files in the tab to display a context menu with the following options:
Delete Results – To delete the selected file from the project
View Results – To open the Plot File Grid View
Save As – To save the selected Plot file under a different name and/or location
Select All in Group – To select multiple Plot files within a single folder
Select All – To select all Plot files in a project
Unselect All – To unselect any selected Plot files
Selecting multiple Plot files in the tab via the Ctrl key also allows users to apply one set of Graphical Options to multiple files at once. This can save valuable time when making edits to a project.