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New arrangement of our toolboxes

by Toni Palau

In the last few years several new toolboxes and functions have been added to the ANDATA software. With the forthcoming release, these are going to be consolidated and newly bundled, in order to attain better clarity over the different functions.

The basic architecture of the ANDATA software is based on two categories of building blocks. On the one hand, the strictly generic ANDATA core tools, which provide the necessary functions and sub-processes for the data-based development and validation of "intelligent" control algorithms and models for decision support. On the other hand, the functional extension of these core tools with application- and customer-specific methods, routines and processes in Custom Toolboxes and Apps, which together enable the successful use of our technology in specific applications.

In the course of ANDATA's application-oriented activities, new fields have often been opened up and software has been developed that covers specific needs and requirements. In doing so, strong attention is always paid to ensure the nevertheless possible reuse or generalization of toolboxes that are application specific but can also be used in other fields. This is the only way to keep the complexity of the tools under control.

The Geometric Operations Toolbox is a library that extends the generic Signal Structure Toolbox with a growing number of entities, functions and algorithms for dealing with geometric and structural entities in our tool chain. The signal structures are extended by a data model for highly interconnected, geometric, spatial structures with variable properties over time. As such, the Geometric Operations Toolbox can be used directly in multiple applications that require geometric understanding of 3-D structures and its change over time. In addition, it serves as a springboard for two other toolboxes that have been created and streamlined to be a further extension of it.

The FEM Operations Toolbox was already presented extensively in a previous blog post, yet still under its first working name CoMModO-PostProcessing or CoMModO-PP. It provides an optimal environment to apply all of ANDATA's powerful data processing machinery to automated and flexible Finite Element simulation data evaluation. The FEM Operations Toolbox delegates the purely geometric data representation and calculations to the Geometric Operations Toolbox, with which it is seamlessly integrated.

The Geographic Info Toolbox has been already in ANDATA's portfolio for a few years, in which it has been successfully used and consistently expanded in the analysis of mobility data. In the past few months, it has been refurbished to a large extent for it to make use of the Geometric Operations Toolbox powerful capabilities as its geometric engine and concentrate on the Geography-specific aspects. The Geographic Info Toolbox was previously known as Geographic Information Systems Toolbox.

We refer to the bundle of Geometric Operations Toolbox, FEM Operations Toolbox and Geographic Info Toolbox collectively as Geometry Tools. As extensions of the Signal Structure Toolbox, all Geometry Tools can be used throughout ANDATA's data processing toolchain and are seamlessly integrated with Stipulator and Expectator in particular.

Analogous to the Geometry Tools, we refer to the specific tools that we are using for scenario management collectively as Scene Tools. These will be covered by separate blog posts and descriptions to follow.

All toolboxes and bundles are already available for selected projects and customers. If you are interested, please contact or inquire with your known ANDATA partners.

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